When your airbag light comes on, it is strongly advised you do not ignore it. With all the lights on your dash, it can get very tempting to ignore one and think it is no big deal. However, if your airbag light comes on, and you ignore it, you could actually be playing Russian roulette with your life and the lives of your passengers. It might indicate nothing much or it could mean that in the event of an accident, your airbags will not deploy. Bearing that in mind, here are 6 things you have to know:
- On your dash, you will observe a light that either says Air Bag or SRS. SRS stands for “supplemental restraint system.” In some cars, you might also see an illustration of a person with an airbag deploying.
- In some cars, you might see a warning saying, “airbag deactivated,” or, “air bag off.”
- If your airbag light is on, it could equally indicate an issue with your seat belts.
- Your airbag or SRS light might equally come on if your vehicle was in an accident that activated the crash sensors in your vehicle, but not to the point where the airbag deployed. In this situation, you need to have your airbag reset.
- Airbags may equally fail to deploy if your vehicle sustained serious water damage to the point where the sensors corroded.
- A qualified mechanic can diagnose issues with your air bags, and know why your airbag light is coming on.
Feeling like driving with your Air Bag Light on? Maybe. It could be an issue in the sensor that causes the light to come on. Or, the issue could be that your airbags will not deploy if you end up in a collision. It is not best you take the chance.
A qualified mechanic can diagnose why your airbag light has come on. If it is an issue with a sensor, the sensor can be changed. If your airbags has to be reset, a mechanic can do that for you. You should always assume that if your Air Bag Light has come on, your safety could get compromised, so get it inspected out as soon as possible.