Troubleshooting Honda Airbag Light

If your Honda airbag light stays on all the time, it means the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) has detected a problem with the airbag system.

When your Honda airbag system is functioning properly the airbag light comes on when you turn on the ignition but should turn off once you start the engine.

If a problem is detected by the airbag system you will see the airbag light stay on. In newer models a warning message will display on the dashboard stating "check airbag system".

honda airbag srs warning light

Driving a Honda with the airbag light on increases the chances of serious injury if you get into an accident. 

Common Causes

Common problems that can trigger Honda airbag light to come on. 

  • Passenger occupancy sensor
  • Disconnected or damaged wire harness
  • Faulty connectors
  • Blown airbag
  • Blow pre-tensioner
  • Dead battery
  • Clock Spring
  • Fault stored in SRS module after an accident

Airbag system is comprised of a control unit, multiple sensors, seat-belt buckles,  pretensioners and the airbags themselves. Any of these components can fail.

Diagnose Honda Airbag System

To diagnose and reset SRS faults you will need a Honda OBD-II scanner such as Foxwell for Honda.

Basic code readers are not be able to diagnose or reset Honda airbag light. 

Instructions

  1. Locate the OBD-II port under the dashbaord and connect your scanner. honda obd2 port used to diangose airbag light

     

  2. Turn on the ignition but do not start the engine. reset honda srs airbag light

     

  3. Allow your scanner to power on. Go to Control Unit and select the Airbag menu. diagnose honda airbag light

     

  4. Scroll down to Read Codes. Review all the codes. clear honda airbag srs codes

     

  5. If codes are in STORED status, you can then proceded to clear the codes. If codes are PRESENT or PERMANENT, you will need to fix the issue before you can reset Honda airbag light with a scanner.clear honda airbag code

In cases of faulty or broken SRS components, the faulty component will need to be replaced.

Be careful and install a good airbag.

Do not install an airbag that was removed from a Honda due to a recall.

Recalls

Check if there is a recall related to the SRS for your particular Honda vehicle.

If the the fault is related to the recall, your Honda dealer will fix it free of charge even if the vehicle is out of warranty. 

FAQ

My Honda airbag light is on, but I get no codes.

You are most likely are using a scanner that can not read fault codes from the airbag module. Most generic OBD2 scanner can't read Honda airbag codes. Here is a list of scanner that can read and clear Honda airbag fault codes

On which models can you reset Honda airbag light with a scanner? 

On any 1996 and newer Honda that has OBD2 port under the dashboard. Including models such as 
Accord
Acty Vamos
Capa
Civic
CR-V
CR-Z
Edix FR-V
Element
Elyson
Freed
HR-V
Insight
Inspire
Integra
Fit
Legend
Life
Logo
Mobilio
Odyssey
Pilot
Prelude
Ridgeline
S-MX
S2000
Stepwgn
Stream
HR-V Vezel

Can I reset my Honda airbag light by disconnecting the battery? 

No

By YOUCANIC on Jun 6, 2019

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