Airbag Simulator for Toyota & Lexus

$15.00

Total Sold: 1184

This dongle simulates the presence of an airbag when plugged into a 4th-generation Toyota Sienna (2021-). Use these when removing the 2nd-row seats.

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Description

These dongles simulate the presence of an airbag or seatbelt pretensioner when plugged into a Toyota/Lexus/Scion that uses a 90980-12698 or 90980-11886 connector. Inside them is a 2.2Ω resistor, which gets recognized “as an airbag” by the car. This gets rid of the airbag warning messages when seats are removed.

Which dongle(s) do I need?

ToyotaLexusScionSubaru
ModelYearsPositionsRequired Dongle
Sienna2022, 7 seats
(captain's chairs)
front seats
& 2nd row
1 SQUARE + 1 ROUND plug per seat
Sienna2022, 8 seats
(bench seat)
front seats
& 2nd row
1 ROUND plug per seat
(none for center seat)
Sienna2021front seats
& 2nd row
1 ROUND plug per seat
Sienna2011-2020front seats1 LEGACY plug per seat
4Runner2006-2022front seats1 LEGACY plug per seat
862022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
Avalon2013-2018front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
Camry2012-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
C-HR2017-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
Corolla2018-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
Corolla Cross2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
Highlander2014-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
Hilux2016-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
Land Cruiser2008-2021front seats
& 2nd row
1 ROUND plug per seat
(none for center seat)
Mirai2016-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
Prius, Prius C,
Prius V
2016-2022front seats1 LEGACY plug per seat
(requires OCS simulator, WIP)
RAV42016-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
Tacoma2016-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
Tundra2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
Venza2021-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
Yaris2012-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
ModelYearsPositionsRequired Dongle
CT2016-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
ES2012-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
GS2015-2020front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
GX2010-20222nd row1 ROUND plug per seat
(none for center seat)
IS2014-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
LC2018-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
LFA2012front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
LS2007-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
LX2008-2021front seats
& 2nd row
1 ROUND plug per seat
(none for center seat)
NX2015-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
RC2015-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
RX2016-2022front seats
& 2nd row
1 ROUND plug per seat
UX2019-2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
ModelYearsPositionsNeed round plug?
iQ2011-2015front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
tC2011-2016front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
xB2008-2015front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
xD2013-2014front seats1 ROUND plug per seat
ModelYearsPositionsRequired Dongle
BRZ2022front seats1 ROUND plug per seat

*Please check the connectors at your seats to confirm accuracy before ordering!

*If using on a front seat, you may also need a separately OCS simulator, depending on your vehicle.

Ensuring Safety

“SRS Airbag System Malfunction”: the car doesn’t specify whether it’s the seat you removed, or a real problem with another airbag. Use this dongle to filter out false positives and have the error appear only when there’s an actual malfunction.

Positive Locking

Push the connector in, and it self-locks. It can only be pulled out when the female connector’s white tab is pressed. This design prevents accidental disconnections by children, pets, vibrations, etc.

Heat & UV Resistance

3D-printed from polycarbonate (PC), a strong and tough plastic that can endure high temperatures and UV radiation. These attributes make it durable for use in cars, including those parked outside in hot weather.

Spill Resistance

The round dongle creates a watertight seal with Toyota’s 12698 female connector, protecting the connection from liquid ingress.

(The square dongle lacks this feature because Toyota’s 11886 connector has no gasket.)

Convenient Ergonomics

The rear of the dongle has a knurled grip that makes it easy to grip and unplug without any tools. It’s convenient for those who frequently remove and reinstall the 2nd-row seats in the 4th-gen Sienna.

Customers

                

*Appearance of logo does not indicate endorsement.

Special thanks to Eric & Diane for providing me access to a 2022 Sienna for testing!

Applications

  • Camper van conversion
  • Wheelchair-accessible van conversion
  • Cargo/utility van conversion
  • Hearse conversion
  • Transporting pets
  • Moving furniture
  • Racing seat installation

Disclaimer

You are making changes to the SRS airbag system at your own risk. I am not responsible for any injury, death, or loss resulting from improper use. This product should only be used when a seat is removed; not to substitute a missing, malfunctioning or deployed airbag. Revert the changes before sending your car in for any under-warranty service.

FAQ

QuestionAnswer
Do I need this to remove 3rd row seats?No, because the 3rd row seats don't have airbags inside them.
Does it work for [another model]?Only if your vehicle has the exact same yellow connector as shown at the top of this page.
Will this void my vehicle's warranty?Under 15 U.S. Code § 2302 enacted by the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act, the manufacturer cannot deny warranty service because of a user modification unless they can prove that the mod caused the problem for which the user is demanding repair. For example, if you require warranty service on the engine, they cannot deny you that just because you've messed with the seat airbags — since they are completely unrelated systems.
Does the airbag warning message mean that ALL of my other airbags are not working? Does removing the 2nd-row seats causes the front airbags to also not work?Airbag Control Modules are not designed to disable all other airbags when one airbag is disconnected. However, since the airbag warning message doesn't specify which airbag is malfunctioning, it's safer to act as if the entire system is down whenever the error is shown. This is what Toyota tells customers, because they don't want to create a "cry wolf" situation, where the customer always assumes the error is due to the removed seat and fails to notice that a different airbag is malfunctioning. Using an airbag simulator for the removed seat filters out these false positives and allows you to detect when there is a real malfunction.

Additional information

Weight 1 oz
Dimensions 2 × 1 × 1 in
Version

Round Plug, Square Plug, Legacy Plug

54 comments

  1. Hello, i intend to remove only the middle left seat and the small middle seat as well (8 passengers config). In this case I assume i only need one dongle. Is this correct?

  2. Excellent job on showing how to remove the seats safely. Beautiful job on creating the housing for the resistor.

    I have a major concern on how Toyota has a $1,000 handicap incentive which typically requires removing the seats for those in wheelchairs. This is the oxymoron that big business and government projects under the guise of safety. They should have put in a bypass switch or given it as an option.

    The Toyota corporation emphatically informed me that doing this voids the warranty which I find insulting. Thanks for coming up with the videos and the work around.

    1. Did Toyota specify whether they would void the warranty for the whole vehicle? This sounds like a potential violation of the Magnuson-Moss warranty act, and it sounds like them scaring customers from taking control over their vehicles. I have sold these dongles to 3 different Toyota dealerships now (in California, in Wyoming, and Ontario), and one of them has already gotten back to me saying it’s worked well in their customer’s car.

      I’ve had a chassis noise fixed, scheduled maintenance done, and another window noise fixed all under warranty at a Toyota dealership since using the dongle. I handed over my Sienna with the seats reconnected and nobody could tell I messed with the vehicle, but I doubt they looked.

      In any case, I recommend owners to remove the dongle and reconnect the seats when getting under-warranty service, especially work related to the seats, airbags, or electrical/electronic systems.

  3. Did somebody try to use the airbag simulator dongle for older Toyota vehicles? I looked at the connector at my Toyota Sienna 2008, and the yellow airbag connector looks somewhat different. It looks like it was modified for next Toyota generation cars.

  4. Your website says $15, but when I go to pay, PayPal says $19. Getting a little greedy, aren’t we? Can’t blame you though. With no alternatives now it’s your time to shine and make a buck. Not from me though

      1. Cannot believe he’s complaining about that? Helllllllllo , you engineered a solution? If anything seems like an awesome bargain fosho bruh

  5. Not a very relevant comment. I just thought it was interesting. I bought a 2021 Sienna and live on an island in Alaska. I’ll receive my dongle before I receive my new car. It takes about 2 weeks on the barge. I’ll be using it as a mail delivery vehicle. I had to get a Toyota because the only repair shop in town is only Toyota certified. I’m pretty sure they’ll overlook the airbag workaround.

  6. When will the 2022 be available. I have a 2022 that I can not drive as the airbag light is on so the vehicle is not inspectable. Took the seats out to put wheelchair in van.

    1. So that airbag stays on? I mean so it’s on ok but you cannot use the menu functions and or the infotainment screen?

  7. Taking a 2022 in a few weeks. Do you have a dongle yet for 2022 ?
    I live in the bay area. Can take measurements 🙂

    1. I just plugged a couple of them into my 2022 XLE and they work perfectly. Make sure you disconnect the battery (after you open the doors), then plug the dongles in. Plug the battery back in and you made have to slightly assist the doors closed but they’ll work as normal when you use the button to open them again.

  8. Hi Brad : )
    1- If I plug the air bag simulator for a Sienna 2022 for the seat of the second row before repluging the battery…. I won’t have to reboot the computer and and it will work as usual that’s right ?
    2- And if I remove the third row, is there more airbag and do I need to by other simulators of some other sorts?

    Thanks for your input great job !

  9. 1- if I remove the third row, is there more airbags and do I need to by other simulators of some other sorts?

    2- If I plug the air bag simulator for a Sienna 2022 for the seat of the second row before repluging the battery…. I won’t have to reboot the computer and and it will work as usual that’s right ?

    Thanks for your input great job !

  10. I just plugged a couple of them into my 2022 XLE and they work perfectly. Make sure you disconnect the battery (after you open the doors), then plug the dongles in. Plug the battery back in and you might have to slightly assist the doors closed but they’ll work as normal when you use the button to open them again.

  11. ok so going through the comments and it looks like 2022 is compatible (8 passenger config). So I need 2 b/c middle seat doesn’t have a bag? Also, my rear seats bounce up and down when they’re not “erect”….lol. that can’t be normal.

    1. So I’m on the fence about getting 2022 XLE hybrid looks like 2021 dongles will work for 2022? I’m concerned because I read somewhere didn’t work for 2022 …

      703 489-3807 help if you can

  12. nice work – has anyone of your customers tried this on an LC200 landcruiser? I have 2nd row removed for overlanding and would like to turn off error light on dash

  13. Hi Brad! Thank you so much for researching and engineering this solution. I have a 2022 Sienna XLE, I see others here on your site saying your solution works for our models. Please confirm that this is true. Also I want to remove both 2nd row seats, how many dongles do I need to order?
    Thx, Peter

  14. I have sienna XSE 2022 and it does has 2 yellow connector. I guess I cannot remove my second row seat yet until you create the second dongle. Does any one know the 2021 dongle work both connector?

    1. Does it have the same connector as you see here on this page? If so, you can go ahead and order a dongle, and if it doesn’t work, then I’ll give you a full refund.

  15. Hi I’m impressed with your technology solution in removing the 2nd row seats and simulator solution. I own a Sienna 2021 XSE, 7 seater. I like to install the seats in reverse. center row seats facing to the rear. I realize I may have to switch Left to right side chairs to do this. However do you know if this is possible to get the results! thanks
    Best

  16. Hi I’m impressed with your technology solution in removing the 2nd row seats and simulator solution. I own a Sienna 2021 XSE, 7 seater. I like to install the seats in reverse. center row seats facing to the rear. I realize I may have to switch Left to right side chairs to do this. However do you know if this is possible to get the results! thanks
    Best

  17. Hi Brad,
    Great work!
    For a SIENNA 2022, LE AWD, 8-Pass:
    In the picture above I see three connectors:
    1) – One White plug.
    2) – One “Round” plug, Yellow, works with 90980-12697 and 90980-12698.
    3) – One “Square” plug, Yellow, works with 90980-11992 and 90980-11886.
    Can you explain what each plug is for?
    Does each plug needs a dongle ?
    Which dongles should I order from you for such a car?
    Which dongle goes into which plug?
    Thanks a lot for your reply.
    If I remove the whole second row of seats (including the middle one) how many dongles do I need in total?
    Ioan

    1. 1) White connector is for the occupancy/seatbelt buckle sensor.
      2) Round yellow connector is for the airbag.
      3) Square yellow connector is for the seatbelt pretensioner.

      Only the yellow connectors need dongles.

      According to the table on this page, you should need 2 round dongles total — assuming you have no square yellow connector. Please confirm this by looking under the plastic covers — check these for procedure:
      https://bradshacks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Bench-Left-Removal.pdf
      https://bradshacks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Bench-Right-Removal.pdf

      1. Hi Brad,
        Thanks for your reply. I did check. You are correct. The second row has these connectors
        on the front under the right side passenger seat and on the front, under the center seat. Nothing under the left side seat, behind the driver.
        Therefore at each one of these two locations there are two connectors;
        – one white (for the seat belt – no need of connector- just leave it disconnected ???)
        – one yellow (“round” dongle to be purchased and connected)
        In conclusion I think, I only need 2 of your round dongles as you already mentioned.
        I will place my order if you can ship to Canada????

          1. Great ! Thanks. (Good customer service!!!)
            The check, and order is in the mail.

            Ioan

  18. Can just the passenger side second row be turned to face rear? And the drivers side second row removed & add 1 dongle? Tips for doing this?

  19. A+++. 2022 Sienna LE Works!
    I bought two of the round Airbag Simulators a few weeks ago and have driven a few hundred miles since I installed them.

    1. Hey Don..I have a 22 LE also.. the round ones are the correct toggle? I assume you have a 8 seat? And just 2 are needed? Any other issues? Thanks!

    1. Does it have the same connector as shown here on this page? Another customer just confirmed the Round dongle to work with 2013 Land Cruiser. So feel free to order a dongle; if it doesn’t work then I’ll give you full refund.

  20. Bonjour,j’ai commandé 2 simulateur de air bag rond pour une Sienna le 8 passager 2022 pour pouvoir enlever les 2 sièges arrière,mais est-ce que le témoin de ceinture de sécurité va rester allumé dans le Dashboard?est-qu’il va y avoir un son de coche d’avertissement de ceinture pas attaché?

    1. Thank you for your purchase. There should not be any seat belt warning sound or alerts while using the airbag simulator.

  21. Hi Brad, I just installed your dongle into my 2016 Prius 3 Touring’s removed passenger seat socket. It fit perfectly, however, the airbag dash light remains on (but no SRS warning appears). Is that correct? I would have assumed the airbag light would go off. Also, does the 2.2 resistor trick work for the seat belt’s yellow plug? If so, do you happen to have a dongle for that? Thanks for your help on this. All the best, Paul

    1. Paul, are you referring to the “Passenger Airbag Off” light? As standard behavior, the passenger airbag should be off unless someone is sitting in that seat. Have you checked whether this behavior is different than when the passenger seat was installed?
      https://attachments.priuschat.com/attachment-files/2016/11/115715_IMG_4615.jpg

      What is the part number embossed on the seat belt’s yellow plug? What are you trying to achieve by plugging up that connector?

  22. Has this every been attempted or do you have knowledge of this work for a toyota FJ cruiser 2008 I believe they use the round yellow connectors for the SRS.

    THANKS!

  23. Hey Brad I have a 22 Sienna .. 8 passenger LE.. just want to order the correct toggles.. is that the square ones? and only 2 are needed ? Thank You

  24. Hi Brad, I just purchased the legacy plug airbag simulator for the passenger seat of my 2017 Toyota 4runner. Do you know if one would need a an OCS stimulator for this make/model? If so, do you sell those as well or can you suggest where to purchase them?

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