Safety First: 4 Reasons Why My Car’s Airbag Light Is On

There are various warning lights on the dashboard of a vehicle, illuminating when certain conditions are met. These serve as reminders for drivers about a particular problem with their car.

The seat belt and airbag lights are similar in some model cars. This means people can recognize these warnings, whether they’re behind the wheel or passengers in another vehicle. However, not all drivers are used to seeing a warning about airbags. 

Unawareness of your car’s different sensors can be dangerous, especially when it concerns your Supplemental Restraint System (SRS). You can ignore the airbag light if it comes on without realizing that it can compromise your safety. If your seat belt is on, but the airbag light is still lit up, then you shouldn’t ignore this light because it likely means you have at least one non-functional airbag in your vehicle.

The Need for Effective Airbag Deployment

Airbags are meant to activate when your car collides with another vehicle or a solid obstacle in the front (or near the front) of it. However, for the airbags to deploy, you must be traveling between 8 and 14 mph at the time of the incident.

When most individuals crash, they travel at speeds much beyond these limits, often between 35 and 60 miles per hour. The quicker you are moving during a collision, the more likely that an airbag will save your life.

You must fix whatever problem with your airbag system because airbags may save your life if you get into a car accident. Here are the four causes of the airbag light coming on:

Problem #1: The Seat Belt is Not Fastened or Installed

The airbag light is a warning light that you have a problem with the seatbelt system. The problem may be that your seat belt is not fastened, fastened correctly, or installed at all. This deactivates the airbag system and causes the airbag light to be turned on. 

Problem #2: The Seat Belt Is Not Installed Correctly

All seat belts are different, depending on your vehicle. Sometimes they can be installed incorrectly in your vehicle or seat, which disables the airbag system.

Besides seat belt problems after a car crash, you can also have this issue without going through an accident. Many people have had to take their seat belts back to the dealership to appropriately re-install them because they had been installed incorrectly in the first place.

Problem #3: The Seat Belt is Old

Like any component of your vehicle, seatbelts won’t last forever. They get worn out over time and eventually become unusable. If the seat belt is older than ten years, it will disable the airbag system.

If your seat belt were manufactured from 1996 to 2002, the date would be printed on the back part of the seat belt assembly. If your seat belt were manufactured in or after 2003, the date would be printed on the plastic part of the seat belt’s retractor. 

Problem #4: Airbag System Not Reset

After being involved in an accident that causes the airbags to deploy, simply replacing the airbag is insufficient. Crash sensors, clock springs, seat belt pretensioners, and other SRS components must also be changed. Furthermore, the airbag monitoring unit (the airbag system’s brain) will need to be reset or reprogrammed.

To reactivate the airbag system, you must have a certified mechanic or dealership reset/reprogram the SRS module. Alternatively, some firms enable you to mail the airbag monitoring device to them. They will reset it for a cost before returning it to you, ready to install.


The airbag warning light is designed to warn you that you have a problem with the airbag system. It is not a big deal if this light comes on periodically. This could be normal.

However, if you notice that this airbag light is on more frequently or stays lit, this can be a problem. Make it a point to have this light turned off as soon as possible. You can also have your airbag system checked out by a professional. 

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