Why Did My Airbag Light Come On?

The airbag in your car is often the last vehicle component on your mind. However, as with any other car part, a problem can arise with this device. If a problem occurs, the airbag light will come on. What does this mean and should you be concerned?

What Is the Airbag Light?

The airbag light is one of the many dashboard lights. It’s also referred to as the SRS (supplemental restraint system) light, depicted by an icon of a driver and inflated airbag. In some models, the symbol simply depicts the letters SRS. The light can come of for a number of reasons. When if does, your airbag might not deploy in a collision, which is a serious safety hazard.

To pinpoint the exact problem, a mechanic will need to examine the electrical and computer system. An inspection will yield a code in the computer that highlights the specific problem.

What Causes the Airbag Light to Illuminate?

The cause might not necessarily be with the airbag itself. It could be due to other safety components, such as the seat belt. The car’s ECU also detects for other problems, such as the belt’s not properly latching into the buckle. This could be due to some obstruction, such as a coin or other small item inside the buckle. In this instance, the car detects a problem even if the seat belt clicks in place.

If the problem is directly related to the airbag, then it’s probably a faulty clockspring. Besides deploying the airbag, the clockspring also controls the steering and electrical system.

We Address Faulty Car Electronics

Do not embark on a road trip or other lengthy commute if the SRS light illuminates. Bring the car to Chuck’s Auto Repair for a diagnosis. The airbag light indicates the airbag could fail to deploy in a potentially deadly collision.

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