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The airbag light has come on, but the airbag has never deployed. It hasn't been in any major accident either. I took it to a local mechanic who said he couldn't clear it with a diagnostic device. I can't afford to take it in to get it fixed. Help?!

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Rachel, You have a coil spring in your steering wheel, that is related to the airbag that deploys. Often with higher mileage this spring coil can break and cause a disconnection in the wire harness that throws a hard code that can not be reset until this is replaced. You may want to have this inspected to ensure there is not a greater concern.

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at Air bag lights can illuminate for other components related to air bags. It doesn't necessarily mean it's for the air bag itself, although it could be. If you decided against repairs & the light remains illuminated then your air bag system is null & void. This means if you're in an accident, your air bags will not deploy. A mechanic should be able to pull the codes from the computer to tell you why the light is on. Call around to find someone to check this & places will do it for free.

Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive The airbag light will illuminate anytime there is a fault in your airbag system, including seatbelt and impact sensors. The light cannot be cleared until the fault is repaired, and as long as the warning light is on, the airbag system will not deploy if needed. At a minimum, I would atleast have the system diagnosed and go from there. It may not be that expensive to repair.

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