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The airbag light/SRS light remaining on usually means there is a problem with your
Other causes of the light unnecessarily turning on are:
Whatever the reason is, a reset airbag light service on the car has to be conducted. Don’t drive your car until this has been done. Otherwise, you will expose yourself to unnecessary risks because chances are, when another accident happens, the sensors won’t work and the airbags will not deploy.
The sensors mentioned above are run by a computer system in your car. It is called the airbag module.
If this module is compromised or not properly working, the sensors will also not work. During a collision, that will mean the sensors will not be able to receive information, and therefore there will no information that can be relayed to the module.
Since there’s no information to be relayed to the module, there will also be no deployment of airbags in such a very crucial event. Thus, having a faulty airbag module is equivalent to putting yourself and your passengers at risk of serious injuries and even death.
If you see the airbag light is on after an accident, one of the things you must do is have your car inspected by a qualified technician who will test if the module is working.
If you can turn off the airbag light on your own, this tells you that there is nothing in the airbag system that needs expert inspection. Here’s how to turn off airbag light.
To help you in assessing the condition of your airbag system, you might want to buy an airbag reset tool. Choose one that is compact and portable for ease of use.
A reset airbag tool can also be used for the following:
Specifically, you can buy an airbag code reader whose function is to read the SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) code or the airbag system code when the airbag light is on. With this tool, you can detect faulty sensors, wiring issues, blown-up ABS, etc.
Faulty sensors, wiring issues, and blown up ABS fuse are some of the main causes of the light being on.
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There are conditions when the airbag system needs to be disabled. In 1997, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration allowed car manufacturers to install low-powered airbags. In the following year, the agency allowed vehicle owners to get an on and off switch for their cars’ airbags.
Conditions that warrant deactivation of the airbag system are as follows:
Children can be injured with airbags accidentally going off. Because their body parts are not in the same locations as body parts of adults, it is important to consider deactivating the airbags located where your children are usually positioned in the car.
Follow these steps to disable the airbag system:
Tools you need: ratchet, 8 mm socket, Philips screwdriver, and a flathead screwdriver.
One thing to think about your car for safety purposes is
The burden of determining whether airbags are properly working isn’t entirely on the vehicle’s owner. Almost all cars have an airbag diagnostic function and an indicator light that
In GM (General Motors) cars, that self-assessment function checks the system 10 times a second.
Here are the times to consider when to replace airbags:
When airbags have been deployed in a car accident, you need to buy new ones to replace the inflated ones.
Replacement of airbags is very expensive. Hopefully, your airbags are covered under your collision coverage. Depending on the age and value of your vehicle, replacement may be deemed as a significant loss.
However, a replacement of airbags has to be considered as a necessary action to take if it can ensure total safety for your family and all the people inside your car when you’re driving.
James is a certified auto technician specializing in commercial vehicles. With 30 years of experience under his belt, James has encountered almost every type of automotive issue there is! Besides his day job at the repair shop, he is also an amateur race car driver.