My Air Bag Light Stays On. Is It Safe To Drive This Way?


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Babz Bell Profile
Babz Bell answered
As with all other warning lights on a car's dashboard, many of which are utterly confusing and need a posse of interpreters, the air bag light has a specific purpose.

This purpose is to warn the driver that something has gone wrong. In this case, a malfunction is causing the air bag system, or SRS (Supplemental Restraint System), as it is often referred to, to be turned off.

The cause of this could be anything from a loose wire or a seat belt buckle that needs replacing to a weight sensor which is not functioning properly, to name but a few.

Either way, this means that in the event of an accident occurring, the air bags will not be deployed.

No other vital driving functions are affected by the SRS, whether it is functioning or not, so driving the car in itself is perfectly safe.

In the event of an accident, however, the safety of the driver and/or passenger cannot be guaranteed. Considering the possible consequences of a frontal impact without the added protection of air bags, this means taking a considerable risk.

It is therefore essential to take the car to be checked out by a professional as soon as possible. A professionally performed diagnose will quickly pinpoint the problem.

Once the system has been repaired, it is safe to drive in the knowledge that driver and passengers are adequately protected even in the event of a serous accident.

This may mean a little inconvenience and, depending on the type of car and the actual fault present, some, perhaps sizeable, expense.

Whatever the cost, it is a small price to pay for peace of mind. Yes, it is safe to drive with the warning light on. It will be safer to drive with the air bags on.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I am a certified ASE master technician and an General Motors world class technician. It is safe to drive your vehicle with the light on. The air bag system otherwise known as SRS Supplemental Restraint System is just that. A supplement to your seat belt system.  Your seat belts are still working normally I assume since they are  not dependent on the SRS.  The air bags may not deploy in an accident but it is still safe to drive.  What did we all do before air bags were installed on vehicles? Of course you will be safer if you have the SRS system repaired which I would recommend. Hope this helps
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I am master ase certified.  But an airbag system in a car self checks itself every so many seconds.  If it senses a fault then it causes the air bag light to come on.  If the airbag light comes on it sets a dtc in the computer and cuts the airbag system off.  The good thing, your airbag will not deploy for no reason.  The bad thing is the airbag may not work during an accident.
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Anonymous answered
Is their a way to reset the airbag light,without taking it to the dealer ?  I just recently replace my steering gear box my self.
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Anonymous answered
I had that problem with my BMW. You have to diagnose what the fault is. If the light stays on the Airbags will not deploy, so it's safe to drive your car until you get into an accident! When I took it to get looked at, they said the fault was to do with the Occupancy Sensor, very common problem.

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Anonymous answered
My air bag light comes on for a while then goes off. After a couple of minutes it comes on again then goes off. This continues.
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Anonymous answered
I have 01 vw jetta and my air bag light stays on how can I fixed
Rowan Webb Profile
Rowan Webb answered

I think that if you see anything on your car indicating that you need to check something, then that's exactly what you should be doing! An airbag issue might not seem like a big deal, it certainly will not affect how you drive your car, but in the case of an accident, perhaps that airbag might not deploy. Would you be willing to risk your passenger's life in the event that there's a crash, or worse, what if it's the driver's airbag that has the issue? Better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to things like this

Mark Profile
Mark answered
It's probably just a short in the display light, but if it's not your airbag could deploy at any time. Not a good thing. Have the dealer or an ASC certified mechanic fix it.

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