|Section 01-20B: Restraints, Passive, Supplemental Air Bag System|
1996 F-150, F-250, Bronco Workshop Manual
|1||—||Air Bag Indicator (Part of Instrument Cluster)|
|2||043B13||Driver Side Air Bag Module|
|3||14B007||Rear Air Bag Sensor and Bracket|
|4||14B056||Air Bag Diagnostic Monitor|
|6||14B005||Front Air Bag Sensor and Bracket (LH)|
|7||14B004||Front Air Bag Sensor and Bracket (RH)|
|8||—||Instrument Panel Wiring Harness (Part of 14401)|
You can replace the wheel with a 97+ wheel and airbag. I haven't ever set one off, but the airbag computer doesn't complain and the resistances are the same. I assume it would fire in an accidentBefore getting too into a 94-96 airbag, consider that those were about the first airbags ever implemented. They were not as safe or "comfortable" as ones from 10 years later. Many of the "horror stories" you hear about airbags were from this generation of bags.
Ive not had the experience of a 94-96 bag going off, but have credited the one in my 03 Mach 1 with saving my teeth in 2017. T-boned a grand marquis at 65mph. Airbag deployed about halfway between my face and the wheel, and was just barely hot, but didnt leave a burn at all. The bag deployed and contacted my face just as the seat belt locked. I walked away with just a very slight bruise from the shoulder belt and a concussion. Ive had quite a few concussions so they occur much easier.
That being said, I have no clue if a newer airbag could be retrofitted into a 94-96 wheel. Idk much anything about the SRS system in these old fords. None of mine have one.