Does My Airbag Module Need to be Replaced?

If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident, or know of someone who has, you probably know some of the things that follow. At times, only small parts need to be replaced if the damage wasn’t severe. In more severe collisions, sometimes an entire vehicle needs to be sent into an automotive shop for repair work. Even if the car doesn’t look too damaged on the outside, there are often internal components that could have been impaired or destroyed during the crash.

Does airbag module need to be replaced?
Does my airbag module need to be replaced?

One important mechanism that is found in a vehicle is the SRS airbag module. If you find your vehicle involved in a crash, you should know whether or not the module needs to be reset.


The best way to tell is to see if your airbags have been deployed during the crash. This is something you will not be able to miss, as you will likely have felt a slight impact from the massive force of pressure that was released. If the airbags did deploy, you would need to get brand new airbags, and the SRS airbag control module will need to be reprogrammed to remove all the crash data and hard codes from the accident. The impact of sensors and clock spring may also need to be replaced if they suffered any damage or were melted during the accident. This all needs to be done to restore the car to its factory condition and have it drive properly.

If your airbags did not deploy during the accident, that should be an indication that an SRS airbag module is not needed.

You can choose to reprogram your SRS airbag module yourself. Or, you can turn to the company Safety Restore to do the work for you. That way, you can rest assured that the unit is in knowledgeable hands, and the repairs will be properly completed. You’ll also save yourself from the headache of finding the proper materials, tools, and software to get the work done.

Comments (2)

    1. Hey Frances! If you’re looking for a new unit, your best bet would be; directly contacting a dealer. Due to the age of the vehicle, it is possible that the production of this unit has already seized.

      If you have no luck through a dealer, your best bet would be to purchase a used unit instead. You may be able to find one on the following website(s):

      One thing to note; if you do purchase a used unit, you would need to have the unit itself reprogrammed to your vehicles VIN. This would need to be done at a local dealer (or auto shop), where they have the necessary technology to perform such work.

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