seat covers & airbags

Submitted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 07:46
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g'day all
i have bought a new hyundai wagon,the little diesel job for the boss.
asked the sales person to fit seat covers,no can do he says.if the air bags are activated they emit phosphorus and this could ignite the material in the seat covers.i've never heard of this,does anyone know of this.
my concern is this would apply to any vehicle ie:bigger 4x4's.
thanks in advance.
cheers
toohey.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 08:16

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 08:16
I'd reckon you would be pretty safe with pure wool covers as in fleece.
This subject came up at a fire safety meeting I attended where it was mentioned that while manufacturers must meet certain criteria re flammability in interior coverings aftermarket stuff like seat covers can be very flammable. No mention of problems with airbags igniting stuff though.
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Reply By: Mikee5 (Logan QLD) - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 09:23

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 09:23
Depends on what airbags are fitted, they may be side curtain bags coming out from the seat base, in that case you can't fit seat covers as they block the airbags. Similar to not fitting a dash mat over the passenger side airbag. So he could have given the right message but the wrong reason.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 09:36

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 09:36
100% spot on.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 09:55

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 09:55
Not so - you just need to get side airbag/seat airbag compatible seat covers. They have special patches that are either velcroed or specially stitched so that the area of the seat cover comes away when the airbag deploys.

As far as catching fire goes - doubt it the propellant for the airbag blows into the airbag and it only released to the atmosphere when full pressure is achieved then the "gas" has already burnt and cooled.

Garry
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 11:30

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 11:30
Dead right We have a Commodore with airbags in the seat sides and just got the correct seat covers which have apetures which allow the bags to deploy

No problem at all...
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce T (SA) - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 12:27

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 12:27
I have a RAV 4 and as we intend to keep it for awhile I thought I'd get seat covers. According to Toyota it's not possible due to the possible deployment of the airbags. I could get a throw over type - decided I could do that with a towel. I have a 6 cylinder RAV which has airbags everywhere; front, side and curtain.

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Follow Up By: garrycol - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 14:19

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 14:19
All that means is that Toyota do not sell suitable seat covers - why would you buy seat covers from a dealer anyway - not logical. Buy from a seller of seat covers not a seller of cars.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce T (SA) - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 21:36

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 21:36
Possibly because it means we trust the people involved. Unusual I know.

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Reply By: D200Dug- Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 13:24

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 13:24
Margo just got a set of airbag compatible wool seat covers from Autopro.

All the Australian standards boxes are ticked for compliance with airbag regulations so I cannot see a problem.

Buy from a reputable seller and check it complies with regulations.
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Reply By: rags - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 21:31

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 21:31
Toohey
As a diversion of topic what have your impressions been with the new Hyundai,is it the new IX35, as this is what we have been looking at for wifes car . Was impressed with this car for the dollars but would be good to hear feedback from an owner.
Russ
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Follow Up By: toohey - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 17:40

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 17:40
g'day russ
we pick it this coming saturday,it's the i30 1.6 wagon,the test drive of a mates was pretty impresive,so will wait and see.$22,990 on the road.this for the boss also,she only 5ft. high but still had good vission out of the car.
cheers
toohey.
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Follow Up By: rags - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 19:51

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 19:51
We also have looked at the i 30 along with the IX35, have been comparing with the VW s Golf and Tiguans both in diesels, similar size/class of cars but dearer [for reasons] and considering if we spend more dollars for the VW you get exceptional quality of cars ,but for the lessor moneys get the Hyundai which seem to be good quality these days.your price seems good for a diesel wagon we was quoted around $25k for a SXl model hatch.
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