Originally Posted by Erin
That surprises me. I managed to turn it off on my Audi, even though the garage insisted it couldn't be. Obviously one of those safety features they'd rather not
tell you can be disabled. The wonders of the internet and a laptop with diagnostic cable.
Insurance Group rating is calculated using a points system as a combination of safety - the ability to avoid an accident and how a vehicle performs if there is one - and how easy, or not, it is to repair the vehicle afterwards...plus, security - the degree of difficulty there is in stealing a vehicle or its contents.
There are also extra points for things like 'belt minders', as they're referred to, on the basis that it costs less to 'repair' a belted occupant than an unbelted one
As belt minder systems are usually software driven - from weight sensors in seats, position sensors in seat belt buckles, etc, it is 'easy' to disable them if you have the know how and the laptop. The Audi dealer would not be authorised to disable a safety feature, and nor should he.
If the belt minder system had the ability to be disabled, the insurance rating points system would consider it as good as not fitted. The insurance rating would be higher, your insurance costs would go up. Simples.