Aftermarket non-airbag steering wheel and MOT

Aftermarket non-airbag steering wheel and MOT

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GTBob

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79 posts

114 months

Wednesday
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Hi All,
I do hillclimbing and sprinting in a roadgoing car that is fully caged and has various modifications, one of which is the replacement of the standard air bag steering wheel with a Momo racing wheel. One result of this is that there is no driver's airbag and a warning light remains on on the dash to indicate a problem with the airbag.

The car passed its MOT last time around but that was before the new MOT came out this year.

Do you think it will pass next time around?

Thanks
Bob

Gary29

1,753 posts

35 months

Thursday
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GTBob said:
Hi All,
I do hillclimbing and sprinting in a roadgoing car that is fully caged and has various modifications, one of which is the replacement of the standard air bag steering wheel with a Momo racing wheel. One result of this is that there is no driver's airbag and a warning light remains on on the dash to indicate a problem with the airbag.

The car passed its MOT last time around but that was before the new MOT came out this year.

Do you think it will pass next time around?

Thanks
Bob
You can fit a resistor in place of the old air bag to get the light to turn off.

I'm not sure if the MOT regulations have changed recently, but that used to be sufficient to appease the regs in the past.

Strudul

1,193 posts

21 months

Thursday
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My understanding was that as long as the car is heavily modified (wheel, cage, no airbag, harness) then it was okay. It's only a problem if you change the wheel for a non-airbagged one, but don't have the accompanying mods.

Kraken

590 posts

136 months

Thursday
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Strictly speaking it should be a fail as, since 2013, all original equipment airbags must be present and functional. As with a lot of these things though it all depends on the tester. Many times I've had a car passed when by the letter of the law it should have failed.


GTBob

Original Poster:

79 posts

114 months

Thursday
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nickc59 said:
Thanks for that! Looks as though I should be OK as I have a full cage, racing seat and harness etc plus an MSA log book (or should I say Motorsport UK log book?)

Cheers,
Bob

Kraken

590 posts

136 months

Interesting thing is that there is no such exception in the EU guidelines that were brought in 2013 to include airbags etc.

Not got a problem with that as I know the UK government (as do others) have the power to exclude vehicle types from legislation. Funny how they don't seem to realise that when it comes to the off road insurance proposals though. Nothing to do with the insurance industry being able to make a packet out of it I'm sure...

rallycross

9,354 posts

173 months

the simple answer to this is fitting a 5p resistor to switch off the airbag light.