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everyone knows that removing an airbag from an equipped car is illegal, right?
Can I install an aftermarket steering wheel on my airbag-equipped vehicle?
In recent years, certain aftermarket steering wheel manufacturers have started producing airbag-equipped wheels for newer, popular applications (such as newer Ford Mustangs), so owners of more contemporary vehicles may be in luck if they want a more stylish steering wheel. While it is possible to replace your airbag steering wheel with a more traditional aftermarket steering wheel and hub adapter, there are some issues to take note of if doing so. First, you will obviously lose the airbag itself, and your airbag warning light will likely stay on. Second, you may lose any functions that your factory steering wheel allows, such as radio controls and/or cruise control. Finally, there are some instances where you will lose the self-cancelling feature of your turn signals. In the end, it's up to you to decide how comfortable you are not having an airbag in your steering wheel, and we can make no claims as to the legality of making any changes to your safety restraint system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not currently prohibit private individuals from removing the airbags in their vehicle, although repair shops are prohibited from doing so and state laws may differ from federal laws
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