If you were in an auto accident, you may have many needed repairs ahead of you. This may include getting parts replaced like a bumper or car seat (if you have one inside the vehicle). One thing to note: just like you would need to replace the car seat after every accident, you would also need to get the airbag module reset if your airbag light is on or if the airbags were deployed. Buying a salvage title vehicle comes with several necessary repairs which include getting an airbag module reset as well.
An airbag module is the brains of your vehicles Supplemental Restraint System, also known as the SRS. If an accident occurs, the airbag module determines whether or not the airbags need to be deployed, or if the seat belt pretensioners need to tighten. In some cases, both need to occur.
If the airbag light is lit on your dashboard, check the system of the car for fault codes. The airbag light may look different on various cars. On some dashboards, it is an image of a man with his seatbelt on. In others, it may say Air Bag, SRS, “airbag deactivated” or “airbag off”. Because a lit airbag light can be an indication that something serious may be wrong with your airbags, so it should never be overlooked or avoided. Whenever you have an airbag code related to the airbag’s deployment, you will always need your SRS Airbag Module Reset. A dealer may tell you that you need to get a new airbag module. Not only can this cost you as much as $1,000 dollars but it is not always necessary. If you decide to get a new or used airbag module, it will need to be re-programmed to your vehicles VIN which is an additional cost and delays how you getting back on the road. Safety Restore is a post-accident restoration company that can help you with this. They can save you hundreds by simply resetting your vehicles original airbag module. To get started, visit SafetyRestore.com to check their list of vehicle module part numbers to ensure that your vehicle model is compatible.