Malfunctioning airbags is one of the primary reasons for removing the protective device from vehicles. However, if done without proper authorization, the removal of airbags is a federal violation because it can compromise the safety of drivers and other occupants inside the vehicle.
Defective airbags can result in premature deployment of the device, which could be fatal for those directly sitting behind the airbag. If a vehicle's airbag is faulty, it should be removed. This involves taking out the battery power source, removing the entire safety device, disabling the wiring mechanism and taking out the wires.
Some vehicles are equipped with an airbag deactivation switch. However, airbag systems can only be turned off in special circumstances and for certain medical conditions, as noted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.