From: Tegger on
"Dave D" <dtdodson(a)acsalaska.net> wrote in
news:4add6239(a)news.acsalaska.net:

>
> "zzznot" <zzznot(a)invalid.net> wrote in message
> news:hbi6af$pcr$1(a)news.eternal-september.org...
>> Can I buy a new Honda in Canada,
>> have the bombs removed, even get a few
>> bucks for them, and drive the car legally
>> for registration in California?
>>
>> Or are prices higher in Canada for whatever reason,
>> or other complication?
>>
>> J.
> ///snipped///
>
> In a word. NO! While it is not illegal to remove the bombs in Canada,
> it is in the US, I believe, and I am sure that California, based on
> that state's past record, will not register such a modified car....I
> would check the laws in Ca and the Feds before doing such.
>


A new vehicle cannot be imported into the US without a present and
functioning SRS system.

California's rules don't come into play until Federal NHTSA regs are
satisfied.
<http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/>


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Tegger
From: Rod Speed on
Tegger wrote:
> "Dave D" <dtdodson(a)acsalaska.net> wrote in
> news:4add6239(a)news.acsalaska.net:
>
>>
>> "zzznot" <zzznot(a)invalid.net> wrote in message
>> news:hbi6af$pcr$1(a)news.eternal-september.org...
>>> Can I buy a new Honda in Canada,
>>> have the bombs removed, even get a few
>>> bucks for them, and drive the car legally
>>> for registration in California?
>>>
>>> Or are prices higher in Canada for whatever reason,
>>> or other complication?
>>>
>>> J.
>> ///snipped///
>>
>> In a word. NO! While it is not illegal to remove the bombs in Canada,
>> it is in the US, I believe, and I am sure that California, based on
>> that state's past record, will not register such a modified car....I
>> would check the laws in Ca and the Feds before doing such.

> A new vehicle cannot be imported into the US without a present and
> functioning SRS system.

It isnt technically a new vehicle if it was bought in Canada.

> California's rules don't come into play until Federal NHTSA regs are satisfied.
> <http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/>


From: John David Galt on
Dave D wrote:
> In a word. NO! While it is not illegal to remove the bombs in Canada, it is
> in the US, I believe, and I am sure that California, based on that state's
> past record, will not register such a modified car....I would check the laws
> in Ca and the Feds before doing such.

In the US you can get federal permission to disable airbags; I'm not sure
what the requirements are or whether they've even been formalized.

A car that came equipped with airbags cannot legally be driven in the US
if they've been removed. However, disabling them (or getting an 'off'
switch wired in) does not make the car illegal to drive. Go ahead and
drive to Canada to have the operation performed; California doesn't even
have to know you did it.
From: Tegger on
"Rod Speed" <rod.speed.aaa(a)gmail.com> wrote in
news:7k6fl9F3910cjU1(a)mid.individual.net:

> Tegger wrote:

>
>> A new vehicle cannot be imported into the US without a present and
>> functioning SRS system.
>
> It isnt technically a new vehicle if it was bought in Canada.


OK, then let me be more precise: A vehicle manufactured after about 1988
(not certain of exact year) for the non-US market may not be imported into
the US for the purpose of US registration without a complete and
functioning SRS system.



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Tegger

From: Tegger on
John David Galt <jdg(a)diogenes.sacramento.ca.us> wrote in
news:hbl9t3$ic7$1(a)blue.rahul.net:

> Dave D wrote:
>> In a word. NO! While it is not illegal to remove the bombs in Canada,
>> it is in the US, I believe, and I am sure that California, based on
>> that state's past record, will not register such a modified car....I
>> would check the laws in Ca and the Feds before doing such.
>
> In the US you can get federal permission to disable airbags; I'm not
> sure what the requirements are or whether they've even been
> formalized.



This is technically correct. The last I read, permission must be obtained
in writing from the NHTSA.

Permission is predicated upon the presence of some definite and specific
factor that would, in the opinion of the NHTSA's bureacrats, place the
applicant in some special danger from airbags that ordinary people would
not face. These factors would include advanced age, unusually small adult
body size, or some sort of physical infirmity, such as advanced
osteoporosis.

I imagine the number of officially-permitted SRS disablements must be
vanishingly tiny.




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Tegger