Deactivating the front passenger's airbag via the key-operated switchDeactivating the front passenger's airbag via the key-operated switch  - Airbag system - Safety - Audi S5 Owner's Manual - Audi S5

If an airbag has been deactivated, it should be reactivated as soon as possible so that it can continue to give the required protection.

Fig. 184 Key-operated switch in glove box for deactivating front passenger's
Fig. 184 Key-operated switch in glove box for deactivating front passenger's airbag

Fig. 185 Lamp indicates that front passenger's airbag has been deactivated
Fig. 185 Lamp indicates that front passenger's airbag has been deactivated via key-operated switch

The key-operated switch for deactivating the front passenger's airbag is located in the glove box ⇒ fig. 184.

To deactivate the front passenger's airbag, insert the ignition key into the switch and turn it to position OFF.
The front passenger's airbag can be reactivated by turning the key to position ON.

Deactivating front passenger's airbag when a child safety seat is in use

If you have no alternative but to install a rearward-facing child safety seat on the front passenger's seat you must deactivate the front passenger's airbag beforehand.

We recommend, however, that child seats should be only fitted on the rear seat so that the front passenger's airbag can remain functional and provide protection in an accident.

Monitoring of airbag system

The airbag warning lamp will light up for a few seconds every time the ignition is switched on.

If the front passenger's airbag has been deactivated via the keyoperated switch, the indicator lamp PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF will light up constantly as a reminder ⇒ fig. 185. Please refer also to the description of the the instrument cluster. warning lamp in the instrument cluster.

When the front passenger's airbag is deactivated using the keyoperated switch, the seat belt warning lamp for the front passenger WARNINGis also switched off.

WARNING
If you have no alternative but to install a rearward-facing child seat on the front passenger's seat, the front passenger's airbag must be deactivated beforehand. Potentially fatal injuries to the child can result if the front passenger's airbag is not deactvated! ⇒ Using a child safety seat on the front passenger's seat
If you have deactivated the front passenger's airbag, reactivate it as soon as the child seat is no longer needed so that the airbag can continue to give the required protection.
It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that the key-operated switch is set to the correct position.

Note
All the other airbags in the car will remain functional if the front passenger's airbag has been deactivated with the key-operated switch.