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156 SRS Airbag Cover - Passenger Side

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The passenger air bag cover sits proud of the dash on the inside lower corner. Flush elsewhere. I imagine it has deformed over time due to heat. It's been like this since i bought it in 2008 but today i had trouble getting a WOF with it. (NZ version of an MOT)

They were cocerned it would lead to failure of the airbag. I believe it is purely cosmetic and has no effect whatsoever on the operation of the airbag. Anyway.

I've popped the cover off. It comes off the clips ok. But it appears to be attached by a band at the top.
1) Does that band unscrew from the car from under the dash or something?

2) Has anyone else had deformed SRS covers?
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It protects the bag, so I guess it is more than cosmetic, I would think the strap is designed to retain the cover when the bag goes off, being hit in the face by a lump of plastic somewhat defeats the primary purpose of protecting the occupant.

And yes mine doesn't fit flush all round, it protrudes slightly at the bottom right corner.

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It's interesting rPER refers to braking (sic) the safety pins but from what you've said this is not the case. Can't confirm where the belt is attached.

According to Fiat ePER this is how the cover is removed.

1. Remove the cover by freeing the upper rods (1a) and brake the safety pins (1b).

2. Unscrew the screws which fix the belt.

3. Remove the cover with the belt.

Refitting ( Removing )
Make sure that the cover and the belt are not damaged.

Use new safety pins.

Insert the belt and fix it with the screws.

Install the cover by fixing it to the upper rods and safety pins.

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My passenger air bag cover is also slighty deformed. The edge near the door has lifted slight lightly....
but as it is part of the airbag system, i will leave it well alone.....
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The cover is purely cosmetic the airbag unit sits behind it about 2 inches and will not go off by just removing a plastic cover i think the strap is a 10mm or 12mm bolt holding it in place
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do not tamper with airbag components !!!!! on the old 156"s the covers warp slightly in time...
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Thanks Guys,
I'll look into it again later this week. I'll see if it possible to buy a new cover but being in NZ I'm sure it'll cost far too much. May be able to remove cover, bend into shape, then put it back.

I'll be cautious as you've all mentioned. Won't touch it again until the battery is disconnected etc and will take care with the clips. Will take some photos too if i make any progress.
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Instructions for repair. Will give it a go sometime soon.
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