How to Disable the Silverado Airbagby Kyle Sanstrom
Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks come equipped with an airbag "ON-OFF" key switch that allows the driver to selectively disable the passenger airbag. When a child seat or a smaller occupant needs be in the front passenger seat, the airbag must be disabled to ensure their safety. When the airbag is disabled, a warning light will illuminate near the key switch, alerting the driver that the airbag is no longer activated. The ignition key is required to actuate this switch and disable the airbag.
Turn off the engine and take the key out of the ignition. Place the transmission in park and apply the parking brake.
Insert the key into the passenger airbag "ON/OFF" switch. Turn the key to the "OFF" position and remove the key from the switch.
Start the vehicle and verify that the "airbag OFF" light near the switch is illuminated.
- "Haynes Repair Manual: Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra: 1999-2006;" John Haynes and Jeff Kibler; 2008
Kyle Sanstrom has been writing professionally since 2008. His articles have been published on several websites including eHow and Automobile Insight. Sanstrom has undergone advanced automotive training at the Dunwoody College of Technology, holds an Associate of Arts in general studies from Century College and has more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of automotive repair and diagnosis.