By YOUCANIC on Nov 29, 2018
If your ACURA 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.