Q: Airbag warning light is on, are the airbags broken?

asked by on

I have a problem with the airbag in my 2008 Subaru Outback. The problem is that I have no idea if the airbag is functioning or not. The airbag light, meant to indicate when the airbag is not working, comes on all the time and I have had it inspected and reset only to have it light up in a few hundred miles. At 100,000 miles, so I’ve had this issue for a while. I need to know if this issue is electrical or the actual airbag is non-functional before I shell out cash for the repair! How do I diagnose it properly?

This concern could be related to a number of different areas of the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS). The weight sensor under the seat may not be reading a correct value. There could be an open or short somewhere in the SRS wiring harness. The seatbelt pretensioner or one of the crash sensors could have failed. If the airbag light is illuminated, a local mechanic (like those with YourMechanic) can diagnose the problem by scanning the SRS modules for codes. Per Subaru Tech Tip 0811-03, there is a procedure outlined in the owner’s manual for setting the seats so that the SRS system functions properly.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Airbag warning light is on, are the airbags broken?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car says "run mode change system check"

Hi there. This problem seems to be unique to Subaru's and tends to be caused due to a failure within the ECM. The only way to pinpoint the source of this code and determine a course of action is to...

Q: I've Mercedes ml350 and I was driving g under heavy rain the next day my signal lights, wiper blades, power seat stop working

Hello, thank you for writing in. The passenger (right) side of the vehicle (on yours and a lot of other vehicles) holds a computer system behind the fender (just under the floorboard). This is the box that controls the power...

Q: Q: How do side curtain air bags work?

If your Accord has side curtain air bags, they’re designed to deploy during a moderate or severe impact. They will inflate and deflate very quickly, curtaining off the entire side of the vehicle (window edge to window edge). The...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.