Don’t risk it. Don’t drive with your airbag light on.

There are a variety of different warning lights on the dashboard of a vehicle. You have probably already seen the airbag light illuminate without even realising it. For example, when you get into your vehicle and start up your engine. This is normal!

However, if you notice that your airbag light stays on, once your engine has started, this could indicate a problem. 

There might be several reasons for your airbag warning light staying illuminated, and these could include (but are not limited to):

  • (1) Faulty sensors. Sensors can fail or be tripped, causing the airbag warning light to illuminate. The sensors will need to be checked, and the system will need to be reset.
  • (2) Depleted battery. When your vehicle’s battery has become drained, the airbag backup battery can become depleted, and this will cause the system to report a fault.
  • (3) Wet airbag module. If your vehicle has experienced water damage, it could have affected the airbag module located under the driver and/or passenger seat. If it is shorted out or corroded, it won’t work properly.
  • (1,2,3) Accidents & collisions. Vehicle accidents, such as a fender-bender, could set off your vehicle’s crash sensors, and this can impact your airbags, causing the light to remain on.

We highly recommend that you always consult a trained professional to take a look at your faulty airbag lights. The airbags are a critical part of your vehicle that needs to be in working order for you and your passengers’ safety. Repairs can range from an easy fix to quite expensive, depending on the type of damage.

At African Independent Brokers, we recommend that you don’t risk it – and get it checked out as soon as possible.

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/is-it-safe-to-drive-with-the-air-bag-light-on
  2. https://mechanicbase.com/airbag/safe-airbag-light/
  3. https://oards.com/airbag-light-comes-on-and-deployment/

 

 

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