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Does anybody know where the passenger airbag deploys from? Is it from the dashboard where you see the SRS airbag logo?

I ask because I have a metal car model on my dash close to that area (Above center right AC vent) and I’m thinking about removing it or at least changing its location.
 

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The passenger side airbag does deploy from the flat top section of the dash, to the left of the airbag symbol stamped in the dash. It would be in your and a passenger's best interest to remove the little metal car from that area! In fact, nothing should be sitting on top of the dash that could,be come a projectile in case of a deployment.
 

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I tried pulling the car off and it’s stuck on there .. double sided tape is strong ..

I think if there was an accident, that thing wouldn’t go anywhere..
 

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Don't count on it staying put! If the passenger airbag deploys, I believe what happens is the top of the dash actually splits open when the charge deploys the airbag.
 

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Good thing I caught this before anything bad happened. I’m thinking about relocating the car and a little piano figurine I have to the rest right behind the cupholders..But that’s kind of risky because the double-sided tape there doesnt stick as hard on that surface as it does the dash..I don’t want anything flying around just in case of an accident.

ah well..
 

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I was going to post same video as andrew28. :) The close-up shots to watch the passenger side activation are between 2:36 to 4:10. Snapshot from video is below.

Agree with @LowRider that even if the car 'seems' attached to your dash, the airbag inflation force will displace it.
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actually looking at that video , I could probably relocate the car to the left-center side of dash above left-center AC vent.. I really had to use some muscle just to rip the car off.. in theory , it would seem the car would stay put as that side of dash is unaffected in a frontal crash..

but Im not going to risk it..
 

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Definitely better to be safe than sorry! But it looks like the car was far enough to the left that the door openings would clear.
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As a former collision reconstructionist, I highly recommend having zero interior items in or around your dash. Those pieces will come flying off at whatever speed your travelling and can do some serious damage.

I've tried for years to convince my wife to stop putting her feet up on the dash as well, but what do I know. This video changed her tune awfully quick:

 

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I've tried for years to convince my wife to stop putting her feet up on the dash as well, but what do I know. This video changed her tune awfully quick:
Here are a couple other videos with built-in slo-mo repeats. With airbags deploying at an equivalent force of 200+ mph in 20-30 milliseconds, there isn't much option to react.

 

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As a former collision reconstructionist, I highly recommend having zero interior items in or around your dash. Those pieces will come flying off at whatever speed your travelling and can do some serious damage.

I've tried for years to convince my wife to stop putting her feet up on the dash as well, but what do I know. This video changed her tune awfully quick:

I'm in full agreement with you! My background is 25 years combo body/frame/paint tech and 20 years insurance auto damage appraiser.
 

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Here in NJ, it's technically illegal to have anything on your dash (obstruction of view). Even a little dream catcher hanging on your mirror is ticket-able. In the end, they're reasonable. No one gets busted for a dashcam or phone holder. My dashcam is bolted to the mirror, so, if it goes anywhere, it will need to take the mirror with it. I wouldn't chance it with stuff stuck to the dash with adhesive or velcro though.
 

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I tried pulling the car off and it’s stuck on there .. double sided tape is strong ..

I think if there was an accident, that thing wouldn’t go anywhere..
definitely remove it it could easily kill someone, the airbags are so powerful that they shatter the dash to peices even if the adhesive stays attached to the dash the plastic could break around it. Pls see my photos of my totaled insight and look at the damage the airbags did to the car interior where they deployed and those were only the curtain and seat ones.
 
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