It is always important to know the different parts of your vehicle and how they work—especially ones that don’t get talked about often. The SRS light is an example of that. Many people do not know why it turns on and what should be done when it does. Let me fill you in below.
First of all, to understand why the SRS light turns on, you should know what SRS stands for. SRS is the abbreviation for the supplementary restraint system. It is the name given to the entire airbag system. Therefore, when the SRS light turns on in a vehicle, it means that something is amiss in the airbag system. This can be an indication of a problem with the actual airbags, the impact sensors, the seat belts, or the SRS airbag control module. More often than not, the problem can be fixed by simply removing the SRS airbag control module out of the vehicle and having it replaced or reset. Before replacing it entirely or resetting it, you should first have it checked for crash data or hard codes. This can be done using a special scanning tool, or by sending it into a trusted automotive shop. Once the specific codes and data are determined, the next step would be to remove them and reset the unit to factory condition.
Of course, you do have the choice to purchase a brand new unit at the dealer. However, that can cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars and leave you with the same result had you simply reset the unit. If you choose with the resetting route, you can purchase software and tools and follow instructions online to remove all the fault codes. Or, you can just send your SRS airbag module to Safety Restore. The company will reset the module completely to factory settings, and once you get it re-assembled into your vehicle, you shouldn’t experience the SRS light any longer.