Can an Airbag be Reset?
Or does an Airbag need Replaced?
A common misconception about car airbags is that as long as they don’t deploy, they will never need to be replaced. But like we said, it’s a misconception, which means airbags do need replacement, eventually due to wear, or sooner because of an accident.
On the other hand, it is also incorrect to assume that when an accident occurs, an airbag will automatically have to be replaced. Sometimes, resetting and recalibrating will be sufficient. The important thing is: you need to have your airbag inspected as soon as you are alerted that there’s something wrong with it. Otherwise, you won’t be as protected in case another accident happens.
So how do you know when the airbag needs reset or replaced? As the best auto body shop in Billings, we want to make sure that you’re an informed customer. Here is what you need to know.
When your airbag light is on
There are several reasons that can cause your airbag light to turn on or start flashing. The problem might be with the sensors, the wiring, the airbags themselves, or the computer. Whatever the reason is, the airbag light will have to be reset. Failing to do this will mean the sensors won’t work and if you get into an accident, the airbags will not deploy.
When your airbag module needs resetting
In case your SRS (secondary restraint system) becomes disabled, your airbag module needs to be reset before your airbag light will turn off. Typically, a scanner tool is used to determine what is causing your airbag system to malfunction, after the scan hard data and crash codes will be cleared from your system. Once this is done, and the air bag module has been repaired and reinstalled, the airbag light should turn off, signifying that the airbags are ready for use again.
In case your airbag light remains turned on even after resetting of your airbag module has been done, it means that your car is sensing that there’s still something wrong. If this is the case, it may need complete replacement.
When your airbags don’t deploy
Airbags protect you from accidents. But, not all accidents merit airbag deployment. In other words, don’t assume that your airbags are faulty if they don’t deploy during an accident. Remember that your airbag module and sensors work hand in hand to determine which accidents require airbag deployment based on your vehicle’s speed, direction and occupants.
For example, if your vehicle is moving at a low speed, your airbags may not deploy because it might cause more damage or injure passengers. In regards to occupants, your passenger airbag won’t deploy if the occupant is too light. Depending on the direction of the collision, frontal airbags are not designed to deploy if a vehicle gets hit from the side.
To reset or to replace?
For some car models, deployed airbags necessarily require replacement and installation of new ones. From a cost standpoint, it’s often cheaper (not to mention safer) to replace than to try to repair them. After this is done, the airbag module and sensors also have to be reset to ensure that everything is back in order.
There are also some car models that allow simple resetting of the airbags, as long as they aren’t damaged, of course. Basically, resetting an airbag means putting it back inside its module and resetting the airbag light.
Just like your seat belt, a fully functioning airbag can help save your life too.
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Here at Big Sky Collision Center, our goal is to build leaders. As we grow ourselves and help our employees become wiser, the work we do to your car only gets better. The result is that because we invest in people, we become the best collision repair center in Billings.
Have you been in an accident? Call us at 406-259-6328 to schedule a time when we can inspect your vehicle.