What to Expect When Address the “Service Airbag” Message

“Service Airbag” is what you might see on your vehicle’s driver information center. This message only pops up if there is a problem with your airbag system that must be immediately resolved. Otherwise, the airbag system runs the risk of not activating properly if you get into an accident. Of course, the problem that caused the message to pop up can be for various reasons. Regardless, you will want whatever the problem is to be solved.

This article will outline what you can expect when servicing your airbag system, from the causes of the issue down to the repair fees:

How Do I Reset the Message?

A short answer is that you can’t reset the message—at least not directly.

If you see a “Service Airbag” message, it is undoubtedly best to visit your local dealership to have the issue taken care of. The only problem with this is that your dealership may be booked up or need to order expensive parts to fix the problem. Plus, there’s always a risk that the dealership may not find anything wrong with the airbag system.

If you are a DIY person who doesn’t want to pay dealership prices, your best alternative would be to attempt to reset the airbag light yourself. It isn’t the most convenient, but it’s better than having to bring your car to a dealership.

How Do I Reset or Switch off the Light?

This is a relatively simple process. The first and most important thing is that you do not want to turn your key to the “ON” or start position. Instead, you need to turn the key to the “ACC” or “Accessory” position (depending on your vehicle). You will see a red light on the dashboard, and the airbag light will turn on. Even though the light is on, you can still reset it by taking the following steps:

  • Set the ignition to Accessory or On.
  • Wait for a few seconds.
  • Turn the ignition back to the Off position.
  • Wait for a few seconds.
  • Repeat the above steps two more times. Once that is done, the airbag light should be reset and be off.

How Much Can I Expect to Pay to Fix the Problem?

In most cases, the problem is minor enough that it can be fixed for under $100. However, some problems can be quite expensive—especially if the airbags themselves are faulty. In the worst-case scenario, you may have to pay for the entire airbag module to be replaced. Even though this is the more expensive route, it is the only way to make sure your airbag system is working properly.

Can I Fix or Replace the Airbags by Myself?

Replacing or repairing the airbags by yourself is not recommended. You need to be experienced with vehicle service to avoid causing further damage. Without the right experience, you could end up setting off the airbag warning light or even cause the airbags to not deploy correctly in an accident.


Whether your airbags are faulty, you accidentally set off the warning light, or you want to be sure your airbag system is working properly, the best way to go is to bring your vehicle to the dealership or a shop that specializes in such fixes. This is because only the professionals have the right equipment and expertise to diagnose and repair your airbag system properly. 

Safety Restore is the world’s leader in post-accident restorations specializing in airbag modules and seat belt repairs. If you need an airbag module reset service in Westfield, contact us today!

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