Ignoring Air Bag Light, Is It Safe?

If your Air Bag Light comes on, we strongly suggest that you do not ignore it. With all the lights on your dash, it can be very tempting to ignore one, thinking that it is no big deal. However, the simple fact is that if your Air Bag Light comes on, and you ignore it, you could be playing a risky game with your life and the lives of your passengers. It might mean nothing much, or it could mean that in the event of an accident, your airbags are not going to deploy. These are what you should know:

  1. On your dash, you will see a light that either says “Air Bag” or “SRS“. SRS stands for “Supplemental Restraint System.” In some vehicles, you might also see an illustration of a person with an air bag deploying.
  2. In some vehicles, you might see a warning saying, “Air Bag Deactivated,” or, “Air Bag Off.
  3. If your Air Bag Light is on, it could also indicate a problem with your seat belts.
  4. Your Air Bag or SRS Light might also come on if your vehicle was in an accident that activated the crash sensors in your car, but not to the point where the air bag was deployed. If that is the case, then you need to have your air bag reset.
  5. Air bags may also fail to deploy if your car sustained serious water damage to the point where the sensors were corroded.
  6. A qualified mechanic can diagnose problems with your air bags, and determine why your Air Bag Light is coming on. You can find a qualified mechanic HERE.

About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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