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Old 04-03-2019, 08:44 AM
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Hiding dashcam cables near side curtain airbags

I installed a two-channel dashcam with the front camera mounted high on the windshield, and I ran the following wires:

- the power cable runs from the ODB port in the driver's footwell, up the door trim, short exposed run across the dash, then behind the A-pillar up to the top of the windshield

- the cable to the rear camera runs from the front camera, across the top of the windshield to the passenger's A-pillar, under the A-pillar trim piece, then under the top door trim to the rear of the car

See the attached photo.

I didn't remove the A-pillar trim to run any of these wires; I just tucked them in with a plastic tool.

I read on BlackBoxMyCar that running the cables like this won't interfere with the side curtain airbags.

Anyone have any advice or known warnings about my setup? Thanks.
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Old 04-03-2019, 10:17 AM
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Someone needs to visually confirm not guess that the cables are not positioned to interfere with bag operation.
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Old 07-25-2019, 03:45 PM
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I have just watched four BlackVue install videos that run the power (or rear camera) wires over the side curtain airbags, pretty much in the middle. One was from BlackBoxMyCar, even though they have another video saying they have never seen a problem.

If you look at the anchor points of the side curtain airbag, which starts behind the A-pillar trim and then runs up along behind the headliner, I would be concerned about airbag deployment interference.

I did not want to risk it, so on both my old F25 and new F25 I removed the A-pillar trim and ran the wires along the wire harness there, which is behind the airbag. If you assume the wire would break, I'm guessing you then would have the wire ends whipping about into your face when the airbag is going off. And if it doesn't break, then the airbag deployment path might be affected...
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