Special Tools Required
Before scrapping any airbags, side airbags, side curtain airbags, seat belt tensioners (including those in a whole vehicle to be scrapped), the part(s) must be deployed. If the vehicle is still within the warranty period, the Honda District Parts and Service Manager must give approval and/or special instruction before deploying the part(s). Only after the part(s) have been deployed (as the result of vehicle collision, for example), can they be scrapped. If the parts appear intact (not deployed), treat them with extreme caution. Follow these procedures.
Deploying Airbags in the Vehicle
If an SRS equipped vehicle is to be entirely scrapped, its airbags, side airbags, side curtain airbags, and seat belt tensioners, should be deployed while still in the vehicle. These parts should not be considered as salvageable parts and should never be installed in another vehicle.
Turn the ignition switch to LOCK (0).
Disconnect the negative cable to the battery, then wait at least 3 minutes before starting work.
Confirm that each front airbag, side airbag, side curtain airbag, or seat belt tensioner is securely mounted.
Confirm that the deployment tool is functioning properly by following the check procedure on the tool label.
Remove the access panel (A) from the steering wheel, then disconnect the driver's airbag inflator 4P connector (B).
Front Passenger's Airbag
Remove the glove box.
Disconnect the front passenger's airbag inflator 4P connector (A) on the dashboard wire harness.
Disconnect the driver's and the front passenger's side airbag inflator 2P connectors (A) on the floor wire harness.
Side Curtain Airbag
Remove the cargo area side trim.
Disconnect the left and right side curtain airbag inflator 2P connectors (A) on the floor wire harness.
Seat Belt Tensioner
Remove the B-pillar lower trim.
Disconnect the left and right side seat belt tensioner 4P connectors (A) on the floor wire harness. Pull the seat belt out all the way and cut it.
Cut off each connector, and strip the ends of the wires. Twist each pair of unlike colored wires together, and clip an alligator clip (A) from the deployment tool to each pair.
Place the deployment tool at least 10 m (33 ft) away from the vehicle.
The driver's and front passenger's airbags have dual inflators. Twist each pair of unlike colored wires together, and clip an alligator clip to each pair.
Connect a 12 V battery to the tool.
If the green light on the tool comes on, the igniter circuit is defective and cannot deploy the component. Go to Disposal of Damaged Components.
If the red light on the tool comes on, the component is ready to be deployed.
Push the tool's deployment switch. The airbags and tensioners should deploy (deployment is both highly audible and visible: A loud noise and rapid inflation of the bag, followed by slow deflation).
If the components deploy and the green light on the tool comes on, continue with this procedure.
If a component does not deploy, and the green light comes ON, its igniter is defective. Go to Disposal of Damaged Components.
During deployment, the airbags can become hot enough to burn you. Wait for 30 minutes after deployment before touching the airbags.
Dispose of the complete airbag. No part of it can be reused. Place it in a sturdy plastic bag (A), and seal it securely. Dispose of the deployed airbag according to your local regulations.
Deploying Components Out of the Vehicle
If an intact airbag or tensioner has been removed from a scrapped vehicle, or has been found defective or damaged during transit, storage, or service, it should be deployed as follows:
Confirm that the deployment tool is functioning properly by following the check procedure Deploying Airbags in the Vehicle on the tool label.
Position the airbag face up, outdoors, on flat ground, at least 10 m (33 ft) from any obstacles or people.
Follow step 13 through 16 of the in-vehicle deployment procedure.
NOTE: The driver's and front passenger's airbags have dual inflators. Twist each pair of unlike colored wires together, and clip an alligator clip to each pair.
Disposal of Damaged Components
If installed in a vehicle, follow the removal procedure for the driver's airbag, the front passenger's airbag, the side airbag, the side curtain airbag, and the seat belt tensioner.
In all cases, make a short circuit by cutting, stripping, and twisting together the two inflator wires.
NOTE: The driver's and front passenger's airbags have dual inflators. The like color wires go to the individual inflators. Twist the like colored wires together.
Package the component in exactly the same packaging that the new replacement part came in.
Mark the outside of the box DAMAGED AIRBAG NOT DEPLOYED, DAMAGED SIDE AIRBAG NOT DEPLOYED, DAMAGED SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAG NOT DEPLOYED, or DAMAGED SEAT BELT TENSIONER NOT DEPLOYED so it does not get confused with your parts stock.
Contact your Honda District Parts and Service Manager for instructions on how and where to return it for disposal.
Deployment Tool Check
Connect the yellow clips to both switch protector handles on the tool.
Then connect the red lead to the positive battery post and the black lead to the negative battery post.
Push the operation switch: The green light should come on, indicating that the tool is operating properly and is ready for use. If the red light stays on, the tool is faulty, and another one must be used for the procedure.
Disconnect the tool clips and connectors from the protector handles and the battery.
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