Q: I am worried my airbags won’t work in a crash

asked by on

I had a wiring problem in my 2011 Ford Mustang recently that made me replace some electronic parts connected to the airbag system. At around 34,000 miles, the airbag light came on and obviously I don’t want the car to be hazardous. Is this a bad sign? Are more electrical gremlins going to be popping up now that I have replaced some wiring?

As long as any new electrical gremlins that pop up are not related to the same passenger airbag circuit, I would doubt that this repair would cause new electrical issues.

Ford has had this specific issue come up in the past on multiple vehicles with the same passenger airbag design and electrical wire routing. A fix from Ford is available on Mustangs from 2007-2009 in Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) 09-8-7 that came out in 2009 but it supersedes an earlier TSB 7-10-3 addressing the same complaint.

At this point, Ford has not acknowledged that it is enough of a problem for any kind of recall and has not had enough customer complaints to address it with a TSB fix on the 2011 Mustangs. However, looking at the history of this issue with Ford vehicles, it is obvious, in my opinion, that the problem still exists. What happens is that the improper wire routing for the passenger seat airbag module (which is the unit you sit on) moves around, causing it to chafe and become exposed, therefore touching the ground or breaks.

A certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, can perform an inspection of the airbag system and determine if a wiring repair needs to be done or if the module or sensor have been affected.

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. I am worried my airbags won’t work in a crash

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: white smoke coming from exhaust

White smoke on start up is typically due to steam clouds, that is condensation in the engine and exhaust vaporizing. Only if the white smoke doesn't go away as the engine warms up and/or if this white smoke in the...

Q: What is the Safety Canopy® system and how does it work?

While you have front air bags for the driver and front passenger, as well as side air bags for both front seats, the entire vehicle is protected by what’s called the Safety Canopy® system. Essentially this is a connected series...

Q: Car sounds like lawn mower when pressing the gas pedal

Hello. It sounds like you have a large exhaust leak. If there is an exhaust leak, you are getting raw exhaust out of the engine, and that might be what you're smelling. You should not operate or drive the vehicle...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...