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I just took delivery of my Macan S last week. I find the AirBag On/Off Indicator light above the rear-view mirror quite distracting. Also, if I'm the only one in the car and there's no weight on the passenger front seat, why do I need to be notified or have this light constantly illuminated stating the Airbag deployment if off? The only time I want to see any form of warning is if someone is seated in the front passenger seat and the system is not working properly. At a minimum, this light should be placed elsewhere if it needs to be constantly illuminated. Thoughts?
 

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Why do you have the airbag in OFF-mode in the first place? If you have it on, like it should, if you not having a baby seat there (which I understand you don't?).

Turn the passenger airbag ON. Then the airbag sign will light up for 5 sek and then go off. If there is a passenger in the seat, then the sign with ON will be illuminated for 1 minute and then turn off.

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Sorry, but how do you "Turn the passenger airbag ON?" It is supposed to be all automatic and not something you turn on or off yourself.

Why do you have the airbag in OFF-mode in the first place? If you have it on, like it should, if you not having a baby seat there (which I understand you don't?).

Turn the passenger airbag ON. Then the airbag sign will light up for 5 sek and then go off. If there is a passenger in the seat, then the sign with ON will be illuminated for 1 minute and then turn off.

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Sorry, but how do you "Turn the passenger airbag ON?" It is supposed to be all automatic and not something you turn on or off yourself.
True. Seems like the system could be faulty then. OP should probably just pay a visit to the dealer and have them look at it.
 

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I called my dealer and spoke to a service technician. He stated the Passenger AirBag On/Off Indicator will always stay illuminated indicating if the is either on or off regardless of who is sitting or not sitting in the front seat I'll looked at Good to Know and didn't see anything that indicated I could change a setting for this issue. I'll revert to the manual for more details. Thanks.
 

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Turn the passenger airbag ON. Then the airbag sign will light up for 5 sek and then go off. If there is a passenger in the seat, then the sign with ON will be illuminated for 1 minute and then turn off.
Tip of the day - read the manual! It's all there...
Where/How do you "Turn the passenger airbag ON"??

Manual says:

Automatic deactivation of the passenger airbag
Before transporting a child on the passenger seat:

Please see the chapter "CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEMS" on page 53.
When an up to one-year old child is seated in the child restraint system on the front seat, the passenger airbag will be automatically deactivated.
When an adult is seated in the front passenger seat the front airbag is automatically activated.

My Macan is behaving as if I have one-year old child is seated in the front seat when the seat is empty.
 

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I too find it distracting. I'd like the manual page quoted where it tells one how to turn that off.
 

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Mine is acting the same way too.
 

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I have noticed the same thing and commented to my wife a few times. Not sure what's going on.
 

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I called two dealerships in my area and spoke to a service tech; both stated the system is supposed to operate this way.

It makes no sense to me if the car recognizes no weight on the front seat to constantly display the airbag is off. The auto detect mechanism should recognize the seat is vacant and display the system is off for a 1min or so and then go out. Just like it displays it's on if someone of proper weight is seated in the passenger seat.


The only time it should constantly display the system off is

1) if there's a mechanical failure with the system and or
2) it has automatically shut off given the amount of weight applied to the front seat.
 

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The PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF/ON indicator lamp is located on the overhead operating console.
Depending on whether the airbag on the passenger seat is switched off or on, the following indicator lights will lluminate:

After switching on the ignition, the PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF/ON indicator lamp lluminates for approx. 5 seconds for a lamp check.

If the airbag on the passenger’s side is switched off, the PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF indicator light is continuously illuminated when the ignition is switched on.

If the passenger seat (seat 2) is occupied with an adult and the airbag on the passenger’s side is switched on, the PASSENGER AIRBAG ON indicator light illuminates for approx. 1 minute and then goes off when the ignition is switched on.



I guess the line in bold says it all, regardless of how the passenger’s side airbag is turned off. If the system auto-detects no weight on the front seat and shuts off the passenger’s side airbag, we are continuously being reminded that no one is seated next to us. This is a useless and distracting warning. I may just get some transparent blue tape and put it over the indicator so it's less obtrusive.
 

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I'd suggest a small piece of black electrical tape over the offending light...problem solved!

That being said, if you're that easily distracted by a little light, heaven help us if you're trying to operate the radio, cruise control, etc. while driving.

My nighttime Macan looks like an F-16 cockpit with its many lights. Never been distracted by them...
 

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The PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF/ON indicator lamp is located on the overhead operating console.
Depending on whether the airbag on the passenger seat is switched off or on, the following indicator lights will lluminate:

After switching on the ignition, the PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF/ON indicator lamp lluminates for approx. 5 seconds for a lamp check.

If the airbag on the passenger’s side is switched off, the PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF indicator light is continuously illuminated when the ignition is switched on.

If the passenger seat (seat 2) is occupied with an adult and the airbag on the passenger’s side is switched on, the PASSENGER AIRBAG ON indicator light illuminates for approx. 1 minute and then goes off when the ignition is switched on.



I guess the line in bold says it all, regardless of how the passenger’s side airbag is turned off. If the system auto-detects no weight on the front seat and shuts off the passenger’s side airbag, we are continuously being reminded that no one is seated next to us. This is a useless and distracting warning. I may just get some transparent blue tape and put it over the indicator so it's less obtrusive.
don't use transparent tape... you want opaque.
 

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Spielzeug....as stated I plan to get a some blue transparent tape to make it less obtrusive. I still want know if the system is working properly, so black tape is not a good idea.

It's distracting (to me) because (1) the light is yellow and (2) it's lit up directly above the rear view mirror in an area where I'm not used to seeing anything.
 

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don't use transparent tape... you want opaque.
I still want to know if the system is working. If I change the color using transparent tape to something other than bright yellow it may make it blend in to the rest of the cabin's lighting better and become less annoying.

There's no logical reason for this issue other than a CYA approach to ensure everyone knows the airbag is off (regardless why), and can't say otherwise if someone were to be injured on deployment. There needs to be and middle option to shut off the light when the proper weight or vacant seat is detected.
 

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There's no logical reason for this issue other than a CYA approach to ensure everyone knows the airbag is off (regardless why), and can't say otherwise if someone were to be injured on deployment. There needs to be and middle option to shut off the light when the proper weight or vacant seat is detected.
The approach seems to be to make it clear that the airbag is only deactivated when the "off" light is illuminated, and that happens only when the seat is vacant or occupied by a child up to one year old. In all other instances, the airbag is activated. With this approach, it would be very difficult for an owner to argue successfully that they thought the airbag would be automatically deactivated when they placed (for example) a four or five year old child in the seat.
 
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