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martybl, just go ahead and get the car already....you know you want to. ;)

Keep in mind the S2000 was designed a minimalist purpose-built car, with no electronic nannies or much of anything in the way of creature comforts. The car debuted in 1999 (when airbag switches were pretty rare) and had a minor update in 2004. I'll wager that the airbag switch was not added in 2004 because updating the wiring harness would be a major PITA (I've routed wires in this car, it's not fun), and they may not have had room to drop in the smart airbag controller used in other Hondas (space is at a premium).

That said, I would be perfectly willing to take a kid for a short ride in my 2000. Not a baby in a car seat, but an older child. Even if you were in an accident where the airbags deployed, the accident itself is going to be the predominant cause of injury (it's a small car). To worry about the miniscule chance that the airbag could cause additional injury seems a bit misplaced, IMO.

If they ever get around to re-designing the car, I think you'll see a passenger airbag switch added. Mainly for the reasons you see in this thread - people expect it to be there. Unfortunately, I fear they may add traction control and a whole bunch of other "features" that take the edge off of what is an exceptional car. Again, simply because the masses expect it when cross shopping other 2 seaters.

I think I'll keep my 2002 model.
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