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.