Air Bag light 10 seconds????

Phil Rose pjrose at
Sun Feb 9 00:15:13 EST 2003

At 10:41 PM -0500 2/8/03, BriceW at wrote:
>After pulling the cluster and replacing bulbs you begin to notice a lot
>of things. My air bag light comes on as it should whenever I start the
>car. Per the owners manual it it should only stay on 10 seconds. The
>manual says that if it stays on too long you could have a malfunction in
>the airbag system. But the owners manual doesn’t specify what is too
>long but only says 10 seconds or more.
>Mine stays on 80 seconds.
>I just wondered if any of you have noticed how long yours stays on
>before and if there is possible malfunction.

That's a problem commonly encountered after the airbag recall is done. One
of my cars has an airbag  that does that too--about 1.5-2 minutes. The
other car is the normal 5 or 10 seconds. It is a "malfunction", but not a
serious one unless you drive away and have an accident during that time
(the bag is inoperative until the light goes off). A dealer can reset the
fault detection so the light will behave normally, but it's presumably not
a permanent fix. I don't know what the nature of the fault is.


Phil Rose
'91 200q lago blue				Rochester, NY USA
'91 200q tornado red				mailto:pjrose at

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