It’s kind of funny how some car repairs such as battery changes, oil changes, and tire changes are talked about often—and most people know how to do them—and then there are things like the airbags that drivers don’t pay much attention to. This doesn’t go to say that the former repairs are important, it’s just that dealing with the airbags may be equally, if not more, important. The airbags serve as secondary restraint systems and play a very essential role in the safety of a driver and his passengers. Therefore, it is important to learn about the different parts of the airbag system and why an airbag light might come on. Let me be the one to tell you.
Basically put, the entire airbag system runs through a unit called the SRS airbag control module. This includes the seat belts, the airbags, and the impact sensors. When the airbag light comes on in a vehicle, it means that something is wrong with the airbag system. As a result, the airbags will not deploy until the problem is reversed. By resetting the SRS airbag control module, or purchasing an entirely new one, drivers will no longer experience the airbag light.
As you can imagine, the purchase of a brand new unit can come with quite a hefty price tag. Therefore, many people opt to have their faulty unit reset. Some choose to conquer the problem on their own by purchasing the software and tools and following instructions online to remove all the stored crash data and hard codes on the unit.
The airbag light is one of those things you should definitely pay attention to. I say this because ignoring it can literally be the difference between your life and death. When the airbag light turns on, this means that the airbag system is not properly functioning. Therefore, if you were to find yourself involved in an accident or sudden stop, your airbags would not deploy—which we all know can result in serious injury or even death.
Make sure to pay attention that your airbag light works properly. If your vehicle—and airbag system—is working properly, the light should remain off. Or, in some vehicles, it may turn on for a few seconds along with all other displays and then immediately dim out. This is normal. If the light persists, however, this is when you should get your airbag system looked at!
You can either send your vehicle in to a trusted automotive shop, or purchase a scanning tool on your own to check for any fault codes or crash data in your vehicle’s SRS airbag control module. This module is a small device that will be able to tell you all you need to know about your faulty airbag system. Once any codes are detected, you should then proceed by getting them removed. This can be accomplished by either replacing the unit entirely with a brand new module, or buying software to reset the unit from home. There are numerous online resources detailing how the unit can be reset. If you don’t completely trust in your own abilities, you also have the option to send the unit in to Safety Restore. This company will completely eradicate all hard codes and crash data and will return a practically new module back to you. You’ll also have a lifetime warranty to go with it.