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Air Bags

Air Bag also know as SIR (Supplemental Restraint System) is a safety system installed on most newer vehicles that works in conjunction with the seat belt system in reducing fatalities in a head-on impact.


If the Air Bag lamp is on the system is disabled and will not function or deploy in a head-on collision. Most vehicles will initiate a bulb check when the ignition is first turned on. Normally the bulb will come on for several seconds, possible flash and turn off if all systems are working properly. Causes for the illuminated can be many. A bad sensor, clock spring, deployed seatbelt and even an alternator charging system not working properly may be the cause.

The only way to check the system is to connect a scan tool (usually OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture)) to check for codes and diagnose the system. We have the OEM scan tools for: GM, Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth, Acura/Honda, Toyota/Lexus and Audi/VW. Also there is a good chance one of our aftermarket scan tools will be able to read Air Bag codes for the other vehicles not listed.