When to Replace Your Airbag Module

When to replace your airbag module.

If you do not know what an airbag module is or what it does, you most likely do not know when you need to replace it. For your own safety’s sake, it is important to learn, so let me fill you in.

The SRS airbag module in your vehicle is a tiny unit generally located beneath the driver or front passenger seat. Even though the unit is relatively small, it serves a big role in preserving occupants’ safety on the road. This is because the entire airbag system—which includes the airbags themselves, the impact sensors, and seat belt pre-tensioners—depends on the SRS airbag module. Without a properly functioning module, or without one altogether, the airbags would not be able to deploy during an accident. As you can imagine, that can result in a greater possibility of injury or even death.

Wondering when to replace your airbag module? – This is what a SRS module looks like.

When a vehicle has been involved in an accident, the SRS airbag module picks up the information during the crash such as the vehicle and engine speed, seat belt use, throttle position, seat belt pre-tensioner deployments, impact speed change, airbag deployments, and brake light switch position. All this information is stored in the form of crash data and hard codes. When the unit has all that stored data in it, it is an indication that it needs to be replaced. This would be the proper time to purchase a brand new SRS airbag module or reset the present unit back to factory settings. Otherwise, the airbags will not be able to serve their purpose in the future.

You probably won’t want to replace the unit entirely at the dealer knowing that you have an equally safe—and more affordable—alternative. You can send the unit in to a company that specializes in resetting SRS airbag modules: Safety Restore.

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 serious collisions, sometimes an entire vehicle needs to be sent in to 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 completely 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 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 large force of pressure that was released. If the airbags did deploy, you will 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 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.

Colored Seat Belts

Colored Seat Belts
Colored Seat Belts Service from SafetyRestore.com

Children’s vehicular safety is a priority for all parents. However, parents often do not think about the dangers of children around vehicles. Each year, about 50 children are injured as a result of drive way run-over accidents. The injuries from these accidents range, with some minor and others leaving lasting effects, and a few fetal. Even accidents at slow speeds can leave devastating, or possibly fatal, injuries. These accidents can also happen in other areas where cars are prevalent, such as parking lots. It is important that parents be diligent to protect their little ones around vehicles, as most of these accidents can be prevented with a few simple changes to routine.

In the United States, the culture is rapid and everyone is in a hurry. Many accidents happen simply because drivers were not as prudent as they should be. Thus, make it a habit to take a few seconds to walk around your vehicle before getting into it and driving, especially if you live or work in a neighborhood with many children. Many vehicles come equipped with technology such as back up cameras, but drivers should still physically look. This step only takes a few seconds but can save a child’s life one day.

Parents should also designate an area for children play or wait. This area should be visible to all drivers and out of dangerous spots, such as driveways and parking lots. In addition, put your little ones into the car first when you are in a parking lot unloading groceries or shopping bags. Finally, when walking around vehicles, walk next to your child and your child’s hand. Be vigilant about this when walking in parking lots, sidewalks, or streets.

Vehicle safety is fundamental for parents. When your little ones are inside the vehicle, consider colored seat belts to make it easier to see if they are buckled. Safety Restore offers colored seatbelts in a variety of colors, including red, yellow, orange, green, and pink. A very popular option is our BMW competition seat belts

BMW Competition Seat Belts
Safety Restore offers BMW Competition Seat Belts as one of their colored seat belts options.

Colored seat belts can also make children more excited to wear their seat belts. Safety Restore only uses webbing that meets, and often surpasses, federal guidelines on all their services, including colored seat belt webbing. Thus, your seat belts won’t just look great, but keep your little ones safe. Safety Restore has a 24-hour turnaround time on seat belt webbing replacement services, so you will be back on the road before you know it. Contact Safety Restore today about colored seat belts!

Custom Color Seat Belts

SafetyRestore's Custom Color Seat Belts
We offer a custom color seatbelts service that turns your interior from basic to eye popping.

Children are our most precious cargo in vehicles. However, in the United States, injuries from vehicular accidents are the primary cause of preventable fatalities and injuries for children ages 1-13. Expects indicate that using the correct car seat can mitigate this risk by up to 71%. Yet statistics show that 75% of car seats are not either not properly installed or not used altogether. Whether you are a new parent or one with a carload of little ones already, ensure that you have the correct car seat and it is installed properly.

First, make sure that your child has the correct seat. To find the correct seat for your child based on his or her age, look on the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) site. There is a listing or seat requirements defined by age brackets. Experts recommend that until the age of two, children should be strapped into a rear-facing car seat. Children typically outgrow infant car seats at about 8-9 months. Experts recommend getting an all-in-one convertible car seat at this point. This allows the child to continue to be rear-facing, which is safer for him or her, and then move to forward-facing.

At around 1-3 years old, the child can be placed into a forward facing set. From 4-7 years of age, the child will need a booster seat. Many drivers ignore booster seats, however, without a booster, a child’s seat belt will not fit properly. There are different types of booster seats. A booster seat with a high back provides head and neck support in the event of an accident, while a backless booster seat does not. Depending on your child’s size, a booster seat may have to be used until he or she is age 12. After 12, children can start using seat belts. To maximize safety, do not allow a child younger than 12 to sit in the front seat. Whatever type of car seat your child has, be sure to register it with the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration to be alerted of any safety recalls to the seat.

Safety Restore understands that safety is essential. Thus, Safety Restore provides custom color seat belts. While children over the age of 12 can be buckled by seat belts, they don’t often keep them on. Custom color seatbelts can promote the safety of seat belts by making it easy for a parent to see if a child has unbuckled him or herself. Safety Restore offers custom colored seat belts in bright hues, like red, orange, yellow, and green. Safety Restore only uses OEM webbing fabric that meets, or often exceeds, federal guidelines for custom color seat belts. Not only will your custom seat belt webbing look great, but they will keep your little one safe. Colored seat belts can also upgrade the look of the interior of a vehicle.

Custom Seat Belt Webbing

Custom Seat Belt Webbing
SafetyRestore’s Custom Seat Belt Webbing Replacement Services – Mail-In Nationwide Service

Your vehicle says a lot about the person you are. You can infer something about someone who, for example, drives a Jeep Wrangler as opposed to someone who drives a Chrysler mini-van. It is true that for some a vehicle will always remain a way to get from “Point A to Point B,” but this is not the average driver. Most passionate drivers want a car that reflects personality and has vitality. There are a few simple ways to customize your vehicle without breaking the bank.

A few places to begin with your customization is in the interior of your vehicle. You may want to consider custom floor mats, which can depict images of camouflage or other fun patterns. Not only will these mats add personality, but they can protect the floors of your vehicle. Next, you may contemplate adding a steering wheel cover. Like the custom mats, steering wheel covers serve a practical purpose. For example, sheepskin wheel covers can help to protect your hands from the cold in the winter time. Custom sun visors are another way to add a character to your vehicle. You can do something fun, like pink or camo, to brighten the interior of your vehicle. Custom seat covers are another way to add your persona to your vehicle. Again, these can also serve a practical purpose by protecting cloth or leather seats. Finally, adding custom seat belt webbing can improve the look and feel of the interior of your vehicle.

Safety Restore offers custom seat belt webbing compatible with any make or model. With colors like pink, purple, blue, green, red, yellow and orange, and even BMW Competition seat belt webbing for those looking for an amazing seat belt swap.

BMW Competition Seat Belts Swap
SafetyRestore’s BMW Competition Seat Belts Webbing Swap Service

Whatever you’re looking for, you will be sure to find the seatbelt webbing to fit your personality and your vehicle.  The custom seatbelt webbing offered by Safety Restore is fast and affordable, with a 24-hour turnaround time. Safety Restore only uses webbing that meets, and often exceeds, federal guidelines for their webbing replacement services. If you are sick of looking at your old seat belts and long for a change, contact Safety Restore about custom seat belt webbing today!

Red Seat Belt Webbing Can Assist with Safety

Red Seat Belt Webbing
Red Seat Belt Webbing Stitching

Not only is the red seat belt webbing a spectacular color, but its bright nature can assist with safety. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the greatest cause of death in individuals under the age of 30. The CDC estimates that around half of the people who died in car accidents were not restrained with a seat belt at the time of impact.

For a device that saves so many lives, seat belts are given little consideration by drivers. In reality, seat belts are one of the most important safety features in your vehicle. Seat belts are the major factor between life and death in the worst of times, and they are the greatest factor between a minor and serious injury in non-fatal accidents. Most people wear seat belts, but the CDC still estimates that around 1 out of every 7 people do not buckle up.

Parents often assume their children buckle up and stay buckled the entire time of the drive; however, this assumption is dangerous. Young children can often unbuckle themselves without parents knowing. This is a particular issue for larger cars, such as SUVs and minivans in which drivers are placed farther away from their children. In 2011, about of third of children killed in car accidents were not bucked. The CDC estimates that over 618,000 children under the age of 12 rode in motor vehicles without the use of any kind of seat belt of restraint at least some of the time.

Often seat belts match the interior of the car in basic colors; however, Safety Restore offers a variety of colors, including bright red seat belt webbing. Unlike traditional colors, the red seat belt webbing creates a contrast. This contrast red seatbelt webbing provides can assist drivers in knowing their passengers are buckled up. This is especially true in the case of parents, who can easily look back in and see the bright red seat belt webbing and know that their children buckled in and safe. Safety Restore makes quality seat belts in a variety of colors in addition to the red seat belt webbing. It is the mission of Safety Restore to create products, like the red seat belt webbing, that are functional, practical and increase safety in drivers and their passengers.