Is It Safe to Drive With the Air Bag Light On?

Whenever a warning light comes on in your vehicle, the car is trying to tell you something and it is best not to ignore that situation for too long. When the airbag light comes on, you also want to address whatever is causing it. This isn't the engine light or even the low fuel light so it's a lot easier to ignore than other lights. But no warning lights come on for fun. There's always a reason.

The airbag light isn't something everyone has seen before. On your dashboard, you will see a light that says Air Bag or perhaps SRS, which stands for a supplemental restraint system. There may also be a picture of a person with an airbag deploying in front of them. Some vehicles also might have a warning that says the airbag is off.

When the airbag light comes on, it could mean that there is a problem with your seat belts, definitely not something you want if you happen to get into an accident. If you already got into an accident, even if the airbag doesn't go off, the vehicle could have the lights turn on to tell you that you need to have the airbag reset by professionals so it can be used if there is another event.

Some vehicles have water damage or even rusting that could cause the sensors to the airbag to corrode. When you see the light in those cases, it means the airbag will not go off if it is needed.

While it's not necessarily imminently dangerous to drive with your airbag light on, there could be a large problem if your airbags don't deploy when you need them the most. If you want to rely on your vehicle as a safe thing to drive, address the issue when the airbag light comes on.

If you aren't sure why your airbag light is on, contact our auto repair shop to get your vehicle in for an assessment and possible repair. We want you to be confident about what you drive and you can't ever be sure with any warning light on.