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    2015 STI - Passenger Airbag Warning Issues

    Does anyone know how to turn off the passenger airbag warning?? I often throw my ipad mini in the passenger seat when I'm driving and it seriously sets off the passenger airbag alert. It weighs practically nothing and it sets this off. This seems like its a little too sensitive. I wonder if the sensor is faulty in some way.
    Is there a way to turn it off? I don't have children and I don't need this warning, ever.

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    Dag. I will probably call the Dealership and see if they can adjust it. It basically makes the passenger seat unusable for anything but a person. I wonder what weight triggers it to shut up.

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    That's odd. My Outback has a passenger seat detection as well, but it requires a good 40lbs or so to activate. I can put my laptop bag and lunchbox on it with no problems.
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    There are sensors under the seat that you should be able to disconnect that will that stop the message... I didn't try it on the subie but i did it on my mazda and honda without an issue

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    Should be able to disable it my opening or closing the circuit.. worst case scenario you'll need a resistor. I could figure it out, but I don't have a '15... or air bags.

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    Same type of sensor as in the FR-S/BRZ. Not a weight sensor. No easy way to disable it other than ripping the buzzer out of the gauge cluster which I did in my FR-S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cee View Post
    Does anyone know how to turn off the passenger airbag warning?? I often throw my ipad mini in the passenger seat when I'm driving and it seriously sets off the passenger airbag alert. It weighs practically nothing and it sets this off. This seems like its a little too sensitive. I wonder if the sensor is faulty in some way.
    Is there a way to turn it off? I don't have children and I don't need this warning, ever.
    What is the warning? How does it differ from when you actually have a passenger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven Logics View Post
    What is the warning? How does it differ from when you actually have a passenger?
    If the sensor detects "someone" in the passenger seat, the seatbelt warning chimes on.
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    I really doubt it is that difficult to bypass.. a DMM and some electrical knowledge should do the trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    If the sensor detects "someone" in the passenger seat, the seatbelt warning chimes on.
    Oh, then just turn the seatbelt chime off. Turn on the ignition, clip and remove the seatbelt 20 times then turn off the ignition. All within 30 seconds. Maybe it's 30 times in 20 seconds, can't recall. This worked in both our 2015 WRX and our 2014 Forester. The chime sounds 6 times only and then remain off until the car is turned off.

    Though still take it in - the airbag will be active, it's probably better just to get the sensor adjusted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven Logics View Post
    Oh, then just turn the seatbelt chime off. Turn on the ignition, clip and remove the seatbelt 20 times then turn off the ignition. All within 30 seconds. Maybe it's 30 times in 20 seconds, can't recall. This worked in both our 2015 WRX and our 2014 Forester. The chime sounds 6 times only and then remain off until the car is turned off.

    Though still take it in - the airbag will be active, it's probably better just to get the sensor adjusted.
    I love that Subaru still keeps this trick around. Works in every Subaru!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven Logics View Post
    Oh, then just turn the seatbelt chime off. Turn on the ignition, clip and remove the seatbelt 20 times then turn off the ignition. All within 30 seconds. Maybe it's 30 times in 20 seconds, can't recall. This worked in both our 2015 WRX and our 2014 Forester. The chime sounds 6 times only and then remain off until the car is turned off.

    Though still take it in - the airbag will be active, it's probably better just to get the sensor adjusted.
    I'm 90% sure you're messing with me. For now I'll just leave my passenger seat plugged in permanently. NBD.

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    Take it to the dealership Cee.

    I had a 15 pound bag in my passenger seat yesterday and it didn't register an occupant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cee View Post
    I'm 90% sure you're messing with me. For now I'll just leave my passenger seat plugged in permanently. NBD.
    No it's legit lol

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