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Date: 9/19/12 9:02 AM

I might make seat covers for my OH's new truck. BUTT, the front seats have airbags in the seats. Commercial seat covers take this into account but I don't know how, unless I buy one, examine it, and take it back I guess.

Anybody do this and know how to handle the airbag?
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Date: 9/19/12 10:08 AM

Airbags in the SEATS? How does that work?? Are the airbags for safety (which I can't imagine) or for adjusting the seat?

Edited to add: well I learned something new today.
Side airbags in seats
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Date: 9/19/12 11:58 AM

Quote: Pinkytoo
Airbags in the SEATS? How does that work?? Are the airbags for safety (which I can't imagine) or for adjusting the seat?



Edited to add: well I learned something new today.

Side airbags in seats
-- Edited on 9/19/12 10:26 AM --

Wow, you didn't know cars had airbags for safety? They've been around for years, maybe 40 years. Newer vehicles now have them in the seat, along the side. As well as the steering wheel, the dashboard, the roof, the side doors. In an accident they go off and the occupants are cushioned in a big marshmallow. :)

I'm going to call our insurance company. I've got a couple of ideas but don't want to compromise our insurance. I would like full coverage of the seats but may have to leave the sides open.

ETA: Sorry, miss-read your post. It was the seat part you didn't know about. Yes, they are relatively new in the seat.
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Date: 9/19/12 12:11 PM

I'm with Pinkytoo -- Air bags in the seats, indeed! Airbags are hardly a surprise, but I'd only ever heard of them located in the dash and in the door.

Located in the seat itself was a new one to me, too. In our household, we're driving 2 cars with 200,000-plus miles each - much too aged for those new-fangled seat air bags.

The webpage Pinkytoo linked to is rather interesting. The vendor says they must charge you $11.70 to make alterations in a standard seat cover to accommodate the seat air bags. I'm curious to know what alteration they make. The relatively low price implies that the alteration is not especially difficult to make.

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Date: 9/19/12 1:52 PM

So, in case this might help anyone else; seat covers on such a vehicle are not a good idea. The owner's manual for our truck says to NOT use accessory seat covers on the front seats. It makes no allowance for those with the adjustment for the airbag. Thus, even if we had those special covers our insurance company could deny a claim. I called our insurance and was told an apron type of cover that did not fasten around the sides would probably be OK.

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Date: 8/21/14 8:34 AM

An update for any who might like to do this kind of sewing. I now have a new car myself, a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Not only does it have airbags in the seat back at the front but it also has them in the seat seat in the back. Plus, all new vehicles we considered had "active head restraints" and you should not cover them with even so much as a hoodie or sweater or jacket thrown over as doing so might impede the movement of the head restraint in an accident. Needless to say some seat covers you see that have the cover of the head rest joined to the seat back would not be endorsed for vehicles with the active system.

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Date: 8/21/14 11:06 AM

I have a new Honda with all the latest airbag safety features and I have one rule: No eating in the New Car! That has helped a lot but I do have an elderly relative that I transport every so often that has bathroom accidents. I asked Honda and they said it was okay to put down an incontinent pad on the seat, but not on the back. This has worked okay, I just have the back of the pad go up the seat back about four inches or so. I know it is more embarrassing for the relative, the first time they saw the pad they did not like it. In my old van I had seat covers and inconspicuously put a rubber pad underneath the seat cover and just washed the entire thing if there was a leak, but I can't use seat covers at all, Honda said no.

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Date: 8/21/14 12:01 PM

My car is 14+ years old with only 113K miles, it had LOW mileage on it when I got it used from a lil' ol' lady (my mom). It was pristine when I got it, but my kids took care of that. Now it looks trashy inside and out, but runs great, with no car payment.

I had no idea new cars have air bags embedded in the seats. Not everyone has a recent model car.

If I got a new car, I wouldn't let my kids even look directly at it, let alone eat in it.

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Date: 8/21/14 12:31 PM

Oh, very NICE car! I'm looking for a new car myself and that one is #2 on my list. My son just bought a Trailhawk model and I drool over it every time I see it.

When my kids were young I decided that I would never again buy a car with cloth seats. It's one of the best decisions I ever made. I have a 10 yr old Honda Pilot (bought used) that has hauled many messy kids and pets but the seats look fabulous. I never do anything to them - no leather treatment or cleaners - just brush the obvious dirt and dog hair away.

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