Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: When should a supplemental restraint system component be repaired or replaced?

asked by on

When should a supplemental restraint system component be repaired or replaced?

Most components in your supplemental restraint system (SRS) are designed to be used just once. This applies to all of your air bags, as well as for the seat belt pretensioners in your driver and passenger front seat belts. Once they have been used, they must be replaced and cannot be repaired. The Supplemental Air Bag Warning Light will stay on after any of these components has been deployed (including seat belt pretensioners, which may activate even if your air bags don’t). Repair is only pertinent to other components, such as the wiring.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • When should a supplemental restraint system component be repaired or replaced?

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: How do I turn off the electronic stability control (ESC)?

The electronic stability control (ESC) is an important safety feature that helps you steer your vehicle. The ESC system should never be turned off except by extremely skilled drivers who know what they are doing. If you need to turn...

Q: What does the Malfunction Indicator lamp on the dash mean?

Whether you call it by its proper name, or refer to it as the Check Engine Light, the Malfunction Indicator lamp (MIL) is a very critical warning system. It’s designed to turn on when something goes wrong with your emissions...

Q: What does the air bag Light mean on the dash?

Your car has a number of air bags throughout the cabin designed to work with the seat belts to provide better safety for you and your passengers. The air bag Light in the dash is a readiness indicator. It should...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...