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Why Is My Air Bag Light On?

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The blog this week is about why your air bag warning light may be illuminated on your dashboard. If any lights come on, on your dashboard you should look them up in your owner’s manual (if you don’t already know what they are) and then seek the assistance of your local independent garage. Everyone is trying to save money at the moment, interest rates are rising, fuel bills are rising, food costs are soaring etc so when it comes to owning a car, we need all the help we can get to keep costs down. Read on to find out more:

Many people ignore these lights on their dashboard, possibly in the hope they may just go away. There can be expensive consequences to ignoring some of these lights along with possible safety issues. Please don’t ever ignore a warning light! It’s illuminated for a reason!

Airbag light – not all Volvo’s or Toyotas will have an airbag warning light. However, if this light comes on, on your dashboard it is indicating that there is a faulty airbag. It could mean that your airbag will not deploy during an accident which of course puts you or your passengers at risk of an injury. It could also mean that your airbag could deploy at any time, which could lead you to have an accident. Could you imagine driving down the road and your airbag suddenly deploys? It doesn’t bear thinking about. Some vehicles may have an SRS light which stands for Supplemental Restraint System which means there could be an issue with your seatbelts. Again, you are risking injury to yourself and your passengers if you do not get this light investigated. If the airbag deploys on your Volvo or Toyota, it is more expensive to rectify than if you had taken it to your local independent garage as soon as the light came on. We say time and time again – preventative is always cheaper than reactive! If you have been involved in a collision but the force of impact was not sufficient enough to deploy the airbags but the lights have come on then you must take your Volvo or Toyota to an independent garage and have them reset it. Please do not try and do this yourself, the force of the airbag could injure you – leave it to the professionals to investigate and repair. A mechanic will be able to see if there is a sensor issue and rectify as required. If your Volvo or Toyota has suffered extensive water damage it may have corroded the sensor – again this is a job for the professionals to investigate at your local independent garage. We have said this before in blogs but please ensure that the passenger in the front passenger seat does not put their feet up on the dashboard. There is usually an airbag and in the event of it being deployed (accident or faulty) it would do some major damage to that person by propelling their knees/legs into their face! Keep your feet on the floor! Happy Safe Motoring Folks!

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