So Troy, i read your 67 pages twice, but i couldn't find any proof that the a failed seat sensor mat is leading to the non-deployment of the airbag in the event of a collision. �� (even not a single sentence!)
I state, that the both airbags still working with a broken passengers sensor mat.
If you read the report and look through the supporting documents, you'll see that out of all the recalls mentioned, BMW, Mini, Kia, Suzuki, and GM, and the reports from Kappa owners...there has only been ONE injury due to a non-deployed passenger air bag because the sensor mat was broken. (It was in the BMW documentation.)
The reason I state in that document that a defective mat may result in non-deployment of the passenger airbag is because the manufacturers' in their official responses to the NHTSA state that. GM, BMW, Mini, and I believe Suzuki ALL claim that if the sensor mat is broken, the passenger airbag will not deploy.
With that kind of statement coming from the manufacturer, I'm not sure you NEED proof that it won't deploy if the mat is damaged. That the manufacturer believes this to be so is reason enough to properly address the sensor mat problem.
That is the purpose of that document...to get the NHTSA to open an investigation into the issue and I believe what has been stated by the manufacturers and NHTSA's data is sufficient to prove an investigation needs to be done.