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By YOUCANIC on Nov 29, 2018

Acura Airbag Light Troubleshooting

If your ACURA airbag light AIRBAG light is on, it means that there is a problem with the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS). Even though your vehicle will drive fine don't ignore the airbag light. There is a high probability that one or all airbags will NOT deploy if you are involved in an accident. 


What to do when ACURA airbag light comes on? 

The first thing that comes to mind when your ACURA airbag or SRS light turns on is: "Is it safe to drive with the airbag light on"

You know older vehicles did not have airbags at all. You are in the same situation. Keep in mind that vehicles without airbags or newer cars that don't have working airbag system have a higher rate of fatal injuries when involved in accidents.

Your car will run and drive fine if the airbag light is on. When you get into an accident the airbags may not deploy and protect you and your passengers. Having working airbags can mean the difference between life and death.

You can diagnose ACURA airbag fault codes yourself. It is a very easy and simple procedure but requires a scanner which typically costs you as much as it would cost to have your ACURA diagnosed by the dealer only once.

The codes are read from the airbag module and provide a good idea why the airbag light is on. You can determine if this a repair that you can perform yourself or call around various auto mechanics to get a quote.

Diagnose ACURA Airbag Light Yourself

What you will need

A level 2 OBD-II scanner will allow you to read and erase Acura airbag light. Some popular airbag scanners for Acura and Honda vehicles include: 

  1. Launch Creader VII+ 
  2. Foxwell NT530 for Honda
  3. iLink400 Vident Airbag Scanner

You can learn more about the best scanners for Acura and Honda in this article.


Follow these instructions to read and erase Acura airbag light and related fault codes. 

Step 1

Under the dashboard of your ACURA, you will find the Onboard Diagnostic port also known as OBD-II port. All 1996 and newer ACURA have this port.

Step 2

acura erase airbag light

Plug the OBD2 scanner into the 16 pin OBD2 port. Note that the port is trapezoid in shape and allows the scanner to plug only in one way.

Step 3

turn acura on to erase airbag light

Turn on the ignition. Do not start the engine. If your ACURA has a START/STOP button, press this button without pressing the brake pedal.

Step 4

acura airbag warning on dashboard use scanner to clear code

Allow your ACURA airbag scanner to power on. The scanner should turn on once the ignition is turned on or to position II. Once the scanner is fully powered on select ACURA from the menu.

Step 5

Follow the promptings on the diagnostic scanner to scan ACURA airbag fault codes. If the codes you retrieve are NOT present, you can erase them. Otherwise, you will need to fix ACURA airbag problem then erase the fault codes.


ACURA Airbag Recall

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). 

Check Recall by 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. 

Common causes that trigger airbag light

  • Passenger seat mat
  • Clock spring
  • Low battery voltage
  • Seat belt buckle
  • Damaged or shorted wires

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. 

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. 


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