We have new laws coming out soon in the UK regarding our road worthiness test (MOT) which state the following:
The vehicle will fail the test if any airbag fitted as original equipment is obviously missing or defective.
(UK owners may want to look up all the changes Changes to MOT rules in 2012 - Are you ready?)
So I'm not sure what they mean by that? Personally I would take the view that if you have removed your steering wheel in favour of an aftermarket item without airbag, then you fail the test. This does not affect me too much as I still have my original item, although you have to wonder about airbags in general on an older car and as far as I'm aware they have a shelf life of about ten years. But as the best way to test this theory is to have a crash, I think that topic is best left alone!
Anyway if you have/are considering changing your steering wheel and removing the airbag leaves you full of apprehension, fear no more as a fellow blogger (Aki) has already done so, with a most excellent write up.
Read it here at One Man's Lonely Adventure In His R33 GT-R