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Air bag light
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Ok so I decided to take my passenger seat out which involved disconnecting the airbag and now the airbag light is on. Should I just ignore the light knowing it is because I took the seat out or will it cause problems in any other way? I am thinking once I put the seat back in then the light will go out. Is there a way to by pass that light or anything? When my car gets inspected it will fail for the light. Anybody that knows please let me know what you think.


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The car must have the weight sensor in the seat to sense low weight for a child sitting in the seat to disable the air bag. The sensor works on resistance, More weight in the seat=less resistance in the sensor. If its a two wire sensor you could try to tie the two wires together where they come out of the carpet, which would be same as someone very heavy sitting in the seat in theory. That will turn on the airbag, so if you are in an accident the airbag will deploy. If you have things packed there they will be blown everywhere. When the light is on I don't think any of the airbags will work if you are in an accident. If possible I think I would put the seat back in.
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In Missouri an air bag light is not a failure for inspections. Don't know about your state inspections. Do you have a key option to turn the passenger side air bag off?
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(12-03-2017, 01:23 AM)Motrukdriver Wrote: In Missouri an air bag light is not a failure for inspections. Don't know about your state inspections. Do you have a key option to turn the passenger side air bag off?


I will have to check to see if I can turn it off. It is a failure for safety inspection in Massachusetts.


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Another member used this:

http://www.airbagsystems.com/simulator.html

Mine is also removed and LIT
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(12-03-2017, 10:45 PM)abnorm Wrote: Another member used this:

http://www.airbagsystems.com/simulator.html

Mine is also removed and LIT


I figured all seems to be fine so I am just going to ignore it. Most people seem to say the same. I did look at something like that but figured that it isn’t worth it just to turn a light off when I already know why it is on. I was worried at first though.
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that's a huge assumption. I don't know the answer but I am not a Kia air bag tech. I suggest you find somebody that really knows what's going on. highdesertranger
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I suppose you could always just open the gauge cluster up and take the bulb out.
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(12-04-2017, 06:31 AM)Motrukdriver Wrote: I suppose you could always just open the gauge cluster up and take the bulb out.

What the inspector doesn't know won't hurt you, right? Big Grin I have to do the same to my VW Jetta pickup truck conversion. The donor car had side curtain airbags that I had to remove since half the interior got cut away. Now my airbag light is on, despite having hooked up the relocated inflators after removing the bags themselves to try to avoid the code. Fortunately, the airbag light isn't part of OBD2, so the inspection computer shouldn't register the error when they plug it in, unlike a "check engine" light. You can remove that bulb but the errors will still be in the computer.

With the big crackdown on inspections in MA, with cameras in the station and all that, I wouldn't leave them any excuse to fail a car if you can avoid it. I'll be getting my Jetta reflashed to an earlier year of its generation that didn't have side curtain airbags to eliminate that error. Angel
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(12-05-2017, 03:34 PM)White+Nerdy Wrote: What the inspector doesn't know won't hurt you, right? Big Grin I have to do the same to my VW Jetta pickup truck conversion. The donor car had side curtain airbags that I had to remove since half the interior got cut away. Now my airbag light is on, despite having hooked up the relocated inflators after removing the bags themselves to try to avoid the code. Fortunately, the airbag light isn't part of OBD2, so the inspection computer shouldn't register the error when they plug it in, unlike a "check engine" light. You can remove that bulb but the errors will still be in the computer.

With the big crackdown on inspections in MA, with cameras in the station and all that, I wouldn't leave them any excuse to fail a car if you can avoid it. I'll be getting my Jetta reflashed to an earlier year of its generation that didn't have side curtain airbags to eliminate that error. Angel


I was told to just put the seat back in and clear codes when it needs to be inspected. I have until the end of September before even due for it so I have sometime. Thank you


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