Things to Know When the Airbag Light Comes On - Things to know Information in Seattle, WA

April 8, 2019

Your Subaru has lots of warning and notification lights. It's best not to ignore any of them, but ignoring the airbag warning light is particularly inadvisable. What does this light mean, and what should you do if it turns on in your Subaru? We have the answers here.

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5. Make Sure It's Actually the Airbag Light

In addition to the airbag warning light, your Subaru will be equipped with a passenger-side airbag indicator. This amber-colored light means that your Subaru detects weight in the passenger seat, but not enough to trigger the passenger airbag in case of an accident. The red-colored airbag warning light is different, and it indicates that there may be a problem with your airbags or another part of the Supplemental Restraint System, or SRS.

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4. The Airbags Aren't Necessarily At Fault

While the airbags and their associated wiring are a crucial part of the SRS, the light can also be set off by a faulty seat belt. If a coin or other object is lodged in the seat belt latch, it may also cause this light to turn on. Even if you're able to click the safety belt, the switch may still think that the belt is unbuckled.

3. Your Sensors Could Be Damaged

If the sensors that control the airbags aren't working as they should, the airbag light will probably turn on. There are many reasons that the sensors may not be functioning properly, including water damage that has caused corrosion. If your Subaru has been in an accident, but the airbags didn't deploy, the crash sensors may still have activated. In this case, the airbags will need to be reset.

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2. The Clockspring May Be Damaged

Despite what it sounds like, the clockspring has nothing to do with keeping time. This spring lets your steering wheel stay connected to the airbag, electrical system, and horn, even when the wheel is turning. If the clockspring is damaged, the wheel won't be able to connect to the airbag.

1. Driving Is Not Safe

If this light turns on, be advised that the best thing to do is to call for a tow. While you can technically continue driving, you're taking an awful risk. If you happen to be in an accident and the airbags don't deploy, your life will be in much greater danger. Don't put this service off: if the airbag light comes on, have your Subaru brought to an authorized Subaru service center immediately.

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