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I recently purchased a used 2004 Ford Escape 50K miles. My mechanic checked it out, all is well except leaking shocks and the airbag light wont go off. (it's the 3rd light down out of 5 warning lights) I initially thought this was the fasten seat belt light malfunctioning, but apparently not. How urgent is this? will the airbags not deploy or could it be a fuse issue? Is it true that only a Ford dealership can investigate? (my mechanic said he could not fix it) thanks -

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Tracy, If the airbag warning light is on in your Ford, this means that if you are in an accident, your airbags won*t be deployed. This makes the vehicle unsafe to drive. If your state has a yearly state mandated inspection, this won*t pass and you will have to get it repaired. Airbag malfunctions can be very expensive. But, if you did get in an accident and it saved your life, it would be worth every penny! No you do not have to take it to the dealer. But if you do take it to an independent mechanic, you need to find a mechanic who has experience working on Ford Escapes, and who has the computer scanning tool needed to diagnose the problem. Uou also want someone who has experience with working on airbags. All My Best, Amy Mattinat

Burnam Eubank, Dealer Principle at Palmetto Jaguar If your airbag light is on then the bags will usually not deploy in an accident. I would visit your local Ford store and have it diagnosed.

Jenny Trostel, Partner at Anderson of Hunt Valley Have the car checked by a Ford dealer as soon as possible. If the airbag is not working properly and you have an accident, there is a chance that your insurance company might not cover a claim. The Ford dealer has the proper tools to fix the problem. Make sure you have the repairs done. Good Luck!

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