2020 Defender

DISABLING THE PASSENGER AIRBAG

WARNING

Make sure to read and fully understand the relevant warnings before using any of the features in this section. See AIRBAG SAFETY.

(Not Australia):
WARNING

The passenger airbag should only be disabled when a child restraint is fitted to the front passenger seat. Incorrect usage of the passenger airbag presents a high risk of death or serious injury in the event of an accident.

WARNING

Crash test data and statistics show that a correctly fitted child seat in a rear seat is the safest place to restrain a child.

WARNING

Do not use a child restraint on a seat protected by an operational airbag in front of it. Doing so presents a high risk of death or serious injury to the child in the event of an accident.

WARNING

Before checking the operational status of the front passenger airbag, switch the vehicle’s ignition on. Wait until the warning lamp bulb check period of 8 seconds has elapsed before carrying out any checks. Incorrect usage of the passenger airbag presents a high risk of death or serious injury in the event of an accident.

WARNING

As soon as the child seat is removed from the front passenger seat, the airbag must be switched on. Failure to do so will put any front seat passengers at greater risk of death or serious injury in the event of an accident.

WARNING

Do not fit a child restraint to the front passenger seat if the airbag warning lamp illuminates continuously with the ignition switched on. An inflating airbag could impact with the seat and could cause serious injury.

WARNING

The passenger airbag must be disabled when a rearward-facing child restraint is fitted to the front passenger seat. Failure to do so presents a high risk of death or serious injury to the child in the event of an accident.

NOTES

Disabling the passenger airbag is market dependent.

When the vehicle is stationary, the front passenger's airbag can be switched on and off via the vehicle instrument panel menu. See INSTRUMENT PANEL OVERVIEW.

An airbag status indicator lamp, mounted in the overhead console, displays the operational status of the passenger airbag, as shown in the following table:

Setting Passenger airbag status Airbag status indicator
Off. Disabled. PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF
On. Activated. ON PASSENGER AIRBAG*

* Displays for 60 seconds, then extinguishes.

A status lamp also illuminates in the overhead console to confirm that the passenger airbag is disabled.

NOTES

Deactivation of the passenger airbag also deactivates the side airbag on the passenger side.