Airbags

Identifying Your Seats

Ruff Tuff seat covers accommodate seat-mounted airbags, allowing them to deploy normally. This includes seat covers which deploy from the outside (door side) of seats, the inner side of bucket seats, the bottom of front or rear seat cushions, and rear seat bolsters.

If seat-mounted airbags were optional for your vehicle’s model and year, we make these accommodations whether your vehicle has them or not, for safety. Customers sometimes forget to mention seat-mounted airbags when they order, and in any case seat covers may be resold for use in a vehicle with seat-mounted airbags.

Some seatbelts are inflatable and require a different seat cover pattern. Be sure to tell us if your vehicle has this feature.

For safety, when you install a seat cover, be sure not to disconnect or damage any wiring. Our seat covers are designed to be installed without disconnecting any wiring. You’re more than welcome to call us for help at 800-453-8830, when installing your seat covers.

If you’re covering bucket seats, be sure to put the seat covers on the correct seats, so that seat-mounted airbag accommodations are properly positioned. These are on the outside (door side) of the seats. Some vehicles have both inside and outside (door side) airbag accommodations on the driver seat.

 

Warning: You must not obstruct the deployment of seat-mounted airbags. If your seat has airbags and your seat cover has not been properly modified either with velcro or a cutout, DO NOT INSTALL your custom seat cover. It could interfere with the deployment of the airbags. Please call the company at 800-453-8830 for more information. We will make the necessary modifications to accommodate the airbags in your custom seat covers.

Warning: The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recommends that passengers under the age of 12 not travel in the front seat of motor vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration also requires new light-duty vehicles to be equipped with advanced airbag sensors that detect a front passenger’s body weight. In case of a frontal crash, if a front passenger’s body weight is less than 70 pounds, a sensor deactivates airbag deployment to avoid causing death or serious injury that may result from the force of an airbag deployment.

The extra weight of an aftermarket seat cover may be detected by an advanced airbag sensor as part of a passenger’s body weight. This extra weight could cause an airbag to deploy in case of a frontal crash if a person’s body weight is slightly less than 70 pounds because the sensor may add the aftermarket seat cover’s weight to that of the passenger and thus assume that a front passenger’s body weight is actually more than 70 pounds. A front passenger airbag may cause death or serious injury to a person who weighs less than 70 pounds.