The Mitsubishi airbag warning light stays on to notify the driver that the airbags may not deploy if you get in an accident. The airbag or SRS light stays on when the Supplement Restraint System (SRS) detects a malfunction.
If the airbags don't deploy during an accident, you or your passengers may suffer serious injuries.
In this guide, you will earn about common problems that trigger Mitsubishi airbag lights and how to read airbag fault yourself using a Mitsubishi SRS Scanner.
- Mitsubishi airbag light stays on
- Warning: Mitsubishi airbag system service required
How to reset airbag light on a Mitsubishi
The instructions outlined below work on any 1996 and newer Mitsubishi vehicles, including the Outlander, Galant, Mirage, Lancer, Eclipse, etc. For this procedure, you will need an Airbag OBD2 Scanner.
- Plug the Mitsubishi airbag scanner into the OBD2 port under the dashboard, driver's side.
- Turn on the ignition and allow the scanner to power on.
- Select your Mitsubishi model and year. For example, in 2017, Lancer.
- Select SRS / Airbag Control unit from the main menu.
- Select Read Fault Codes. Write down all the codes and also make sure they are NOT PRESENT.
- Go back to the main menu and select Clear Fault Codes.
You should only clear Mitsubishi airbag fault codes if they are in Stored or Past status.
Do not clear Current, Active, or Present codes without fixing the problem. Typically even if you try to erase present Mitsubishi airbag codes, they return as soon as you restart the car.
What causes the Mitsubishi airbag light to come on?
Two of the most common problems that trigger the Mitsubishi airbag lights are defective clock springs or an issue with the passenger weight sensor.
A complete list of the most common problems that trigger Mitsubishi airbag lights:
- Clockspring - If your horn or steering wheel buttons are not working, plus your airbag light is on, the chances are that you have a bad clock spring.
- Airbag wires damaged - Airbag wires under the passenger seat can get damaged.
- Passenger seat weight sensor - It is installed under the passenger seat's seat cushion and often fails. It may be part of a recall, so call your dealer to check.
- Low voltage - SRS airbag light can be triggered when you jump-start a dead car battery.
- Previous accident - Even a small accident may be recorded in the SRS module triggering the airbag light to come on. You may need to have a specialist reset the Mitsubishi SRS module, which you can easily do by ordering this service on eBay.
Mitsubishi vehicles were impacted by the Takata airbag problems that affected many manufacturers.
One way to find out is to call your local Mitsubishi dealer and check if your vehicle is affected. You can also contact Mitsubishi Customer Relations by phone at (888) 648-7820.
If your Mitsubishi is affected by the recall, your dealer will fix the problem free of charge even if the warranty has expired.
Below is a list of vehicles that have been part of the Mitsubishi airbag recall.
- 2004 to 2007 Lancer/Lancer Sportback/Lancer Evolution
- 2006 to 2009 Raider
- 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017 i-MiEV
Even if your vehicle is not on this list, we recommend that you still call and check with your Mitsubishi dealer or visit the Mitsubishi recall website.