How to Reset an Airbag Light

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You can reset the airbag light on your vehicle from your home garage, saving yourself a trip to the dealership or mechanic. The airbag light, also known as the SRS light (supplemental restraint system), illuminates on the vehicle's instrument panel usually only after the vehicle has been in an accident and the airbag has deployed. But there are other circumstances that may cause the SRS light to turn on, such as after the installation of a new radio or there a malfunction within the airbag system itself. After all repairs have been performed, you can reset the airbag light yourself using a handheld computerized tool purchased from an auto parts retailer.

Things You'll Need

  • Watch/clock with a second hand
  • Put the key into the ignition and turn the switch to the "on" position.

  • Watch for the airbag light to turn on. It will stay illuminated for seven seconds and then shut itself off. After it shuts off, immediately turn the switch off and wait three seconds.

  • Repeat Steps 1 and 2 two more times.

  • Start the engine. The SRS light should come on for seven seconds, and then shut off and stay off. The airbag light has been reset.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you continue to drive your vehicle with the SRS light illuminated, you may risk an accidental deployment of the airbag.

References

  • "OBD II Fault Codes Reference Guide"; David; 2003
  • "How To Use Automotive Diagnostic Scanners (Motorbooks Workshop)"; Martin; 2008
  • Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images
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