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3. Airbag Recall
To check if there are any recalls on your vehicle visit the National Highway Administration website where you can check for recalls by Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
Another option is to call your dealer and have them check if there is an open recall for your vehicle. If there is an open recall the dealer should fix the problem for free.
At most dealerships, you will pay a diagnostic fee which allows the dealer to hook up a scanner and read codes via the OBD2 port. If the fault codes are related to the recall, the dealer will most likely wave the diagnostic fee and fix your problem free of charge. If the problem is not related to the recall, you generally have to pay the diagnostic fee out of pocket.Back to top
4. Common causes that trigger airbag light
- Passenger seat mat
- Clock spring
- Low battery voltage
- Seat belt buckle
- Damaged or shorted wires
5. Important Notes
- Always disconnect the battery when working in the restraint system.
- If removing any airbags handle them with care. Keep airbags two feet away from your body at all times even during removal.
6. Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I reset airbag light by disconnecting the battery?
No. Airbag codes cannot be reset by disconnecting the battery.
- How soon will an airbag code return?
If you haven't fixed the problem that triggered the airbag light or the fault code status is current, the airbag light will return immediately or at the restart.
- Can I use a generic OBD2 scanner to erase the airbag light on my car?
No. Generic OBD2 scanner or what we referred to as Level 1 OBD2 scanners can only access the Engine Control Module (ECU) and not the Supplemental Restraint System where airbag codes are stored. To clear airbag codes you need a Level 2 scanner or higher.