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How to Replace a Honda Accord Passenger Air Bag

by Nina Hughes

Air bags should always be replaced after they have deployed during an automobile collision. They are considered unsafe because it is not known if they will deploy correctly a second time. Your Honda Accord is equipped with driver's side and passenger side air bags. They are designed to prevent injury and save lives during a crash. You can replace the passenger air bag yourself safely with a little mechanical knowledge.

Pop open your Honda's hood and disconnect the negative cable from the battery. This will prevent the new air bag from accidentally deploying during installation.

Locate your fuse panel under the dash on the driver's side. Open it and look at the diagram to locate the slot with the air bag fuse. Pull the air bag fuse out to deactivate the air bags for safety during replacement.

Open your glove box and unhook each strap inside to remove the glove box door. Use the screwdriver to unscrew and remove the glove box itself. This will give you access to the passenger side air bag inside the dash.

Unscrew the old air bag and pull it out until you see the wires behind it. Unplug the air bag from the vehicle's wiring harness to remove it. Plug the new air bag's wires into the harness. Screw it in place. Slide the glove box back into the dash and screw it in securely. Reattach the straps for the glove box door and close it.

Replace the air bag fuse in the fuse panel again. Reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery.

Tip

  • After replacing the air bags in a vehicle, the computer system needs to be reset. This should be done by a dealership or a mechanic with diagnostic tools for the vehicle's computer.

Warning

  • If the computer system isn't reset after air bag replacement, the air bags may not deploy correctly, or at all, in another collision.

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