Q: What is making the airbag light come on over and over?

asked by on

I have 70,000 miles driven so far in my 2006 Hyundai Sonata. It sounds like a lot but I have been VERY diligent with the servicing and repairs of this vehicle in hopes of retaining the resale value. The only big problem I have had is with the airbag warning light. I have had it serviced three times (!) and on the third service they just reset the light. It’s not that I don’t believe my mechanic, but how will I know if something really does go wrong with the airbags? I don’t want to find out if they work during an accident!

If your airbag light is on then your airbag system is disabled and would not deploy if in an accident. The airbag light coming on needs a technician to scan for codes and diagnosis of the code or codes received. Sometimes the diagnostics they have to follow does not verify the return of problem and tells technician to clear codes and retest then release vehicle if light does not come on again. I know this may sound like a blow off to you, but the technician cannot guess on repairs to safety sensitive items like airbags, brakes or steering issues. If the technician guesses and is wrong and your airbags do not deploy then he would be liable. There may be one recall pertaining to your vehicle that would include reprogramming the passenger airbag seat sensor. The recall number is 08V161000 dated 4/10/2008 to reset passenger seat for smaller passengers. I recommend having a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, check and verify the next time the light comes on and see if the recall pertains to your vehicle. It may be wise to contact your dealer for active new recalls pertaining to the airbags in your car.

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. What is making the airbag light come on over and over?

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: Engine does not start after fueling

Hi There, It sounds like your car's evaporative emissions system may have some problems. The EVAP system prevents fuel vapors from the fuel tank from escaping into the atmosphere as you are fueling your car and while the fuel just...

Q: How do I read the coolant temperature gauge?

The coolant temperature gauge is located on the instrument panel, inside the tachometer. This gauge tells you the temperature of the coolant, and therefore the engine. When the coolant gauge is in the right zone, near the H, then your...

Q: What does the passenger air bag off light mean in a 2012 Toyota Corolla?

The Passenger Air Bag Off light is located on the center console, with the rest of the front passenger indicators. This light will illuminate when the seat sensor detects that a child or child restraint system is in the front...

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...
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...
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...