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Why is my airbag light on?

If you notice that your airbag light has illuminated on your dashboard, you might be wondering what the problem is and how serious it really is. In most cases, an illuminated airbag light doesn't mean that your airbags won't work in the event of an accident; however, it does mean that there is an issue with your car that should be addressed as soon as possible. To learn more about why your airbag light might be on and how to resolve the issue, check out this informative guide on reasons why your airbag light might be on.

Malfunctioning Sensors

One of your vehicle's safety features is an airbag sensor. Sensors detect when a car accident occurs and, if necessary, automatically deploy an airbag to protect a driver or passenger. A sensor that malfunctions can leave you at greater risk of injury in an accident.

Sensors in older vehicles can wear out over time. In many cases, it's simply a matter of replacing a faulty sensor to put your mind at ease. If your car has been in an accident or you notice a burning smell when you start up your vehicle, for example, then you might want to contact a mechanic ASAP.

Wet Airbag Module

The airbag module, also known as an airbag control unit (ACU), contains all the electronics needed to deploy your vehicle's frontal impact and side-impact airbags in a crash. In some cases, water or moisture can seep into your ACU, often through holes caused by rocks or other road debris hitting your windshield. This may cause corrosion on components inside.

A Dirty Air Filter

A dirty air filter can interfere with the normal operation of your vehicle, especially if it's a hybrid or electric vehicle. If you suspect that your air filter is dirty, don't wait until you have to change it again, change it today. That way, you can be sure that your car will perform at its best and be prepared in case an emergency does arise. If you need airbag repair, give Longview Auto & Tire a call today!


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