Safety features are an important part of buying a car. Knowing where the airbags are located, the condition of the brakes, and if there are blind spot detectors are some of the safety features of your Honda. Airbags are one of the relatively newer features in automotive history, and they have made driving undeniably safer for drivers and passengers.
Airbags became mandatory in every U.S. vehicle in 1998. We expect these airbags to properly work in instances when we need them most to keep us safe. It is crucial that we always ensure the airbags are well-maintained so they work on demand. Below, we’ve put together some signs and symptoms of airbag malfunction and will talk about what to do if you notice an issue.
There are numerous lights on the dashboard of your Honda. This is the way your vehicle communicates with you when issues occur. The airbag light is one of the most important lights on there because it directly relates to your safety. If the warning light stays on, the airbag is off.
In some models, the driver seat belt light is the same as the airbag light. If you click your seat belt and the light turns off, this means that you are safely strapped in and the airbag is fully functional. This light is usually not something that we pay close attention to because it turns off every time we put our seat belt on.
The problem occurs when the light stays illuminated but we continue to ignore it. If the seat belt has clicked in place but the light stays on, then this could indicate at least one non-functional airbag.
Most vehicles now have an airbag light for the passenger side as well. The airbag function is activated by a weight sensor in the passenger seat. When there is no one sitting there, the light remains on to indicate the passenger airbag is off because it is not necessary. For example, if you get into an accident and your backpack is in the passenger seat, only the driver side airbag will deploy because the backpack was not heavy enough to be registered by the sensor. The driver should always be aware of if the airbag lights are on or off.
When driving, if the airbag light remains on, then this is a serious issue because an airbag is not functional. The first cause can be that the airbag is deactivated. It could deactivate because no one in the passenger seat, as mentioned above. Or it could deactivate because there is a faulty sensor. A faulty sensor should be inspected immediately by a professional so the airbag can be safely-functional again.
Another cause for the airbag light to stay illuminated is after a small collision under 8 mph. If you were in a fender bender or hit a light pole in a parking lot, the airbag may not deploy because you were not in any danger of getting hurt due to force. But the crash system will still be activated because it is a sensitive sensor that will cause the airbag light to illuminate when any type of collision occurs. The only way to fix this is by bringing your Honda into a trusted shop to have the crash sensor reset.
One last cause of airbag warning is water damage. The airbag and crash sensors are electrical components. Thus, in order to function, they need to remain dry. They have the potential of getting wet if you drive through a flooded area or if a torrential downpour was able to reach the inside of your vehicle. The water damage will disrupt the system and lead to the airbag light remaining illuminated.
The airbags are part of your Honda meant to keep you safe in an accident. So the moment you notice that the light is illuminated, meaning there is a problem with the airbag, it is time to bring your Honda in for service at Euro Plus Automotive.
Euro Plus Automotive is easily accessible from the areas of Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, and Los Angeles County, CA. Our shop has years of combined experience and our technicians hold numerous certifications that allow us to safely work on your Honda.
We use the latest technologies to diagnose airbag sensor issues and always make sure that you are happy with the repair and that you are able to get back on the road in a quick and safe manner. You can easily make an appointment with us to have your Honda inspected by contacting us today. We look forward to meeting you.