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Old 01-14-2012, 09:56 AM   #1
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service air bag?

anyone else had the service air bag notification come on? just wondering if i have to go to the stealership or if there is something i can do
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did you put new seats in or something?
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My light comes on every now and then. It never seems to be on when it goes to the stealership so I just ignore it.
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Mine is on but i think a plug is loose from the last time i took my seat out.
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i had to get a reflash at the dealer for mine
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Ive had mine come on at random times, an it'll stay on for a lil.. but then it'll turn off by itself or be off when I turn my car back on.. I think its happened maybe twice so far
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I had mine come on everytime i had a passenger, or once in a while on its own. Turned out to be the passenger seat belt tensioner sensor was bad. Anytime the seat belt would be pulled at all it would trigger it. Took it in under warranty and all was solved.
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mine actually just started doing this as well, it pretty god damn annoying
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need the dtc code pulled from the sdm and it will let tell you which of the dozens of circuits or components are at fault
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Bulletin No.: 09-09-40-003A

Date: July 26, 2010

Subject: SIR/Airbag Light Illuminated, DTC B0081 and Passenger Presence System (PPS) Code 23 Stored (Replace Passenger Seat Belt Retractor and Re-Route Wire Harness)

Models:
2006-2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Coupe
2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Coupe
2006 Pontiac Pursuit Coupe (Canada Only)
2007-2010 Pontiac G5 Coupe Supercede:
This bulletin is being revised to update the model years. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 09-09-40-003 (Section 09 - Restraints).
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Some customers may comment that the SIR light is illuminated. Upon investigation, the technician may find the following SDM code stored:

DTC B0081 71: Passenger Presence System Invalid Serial Data Received With Passenger Presence System (PPS) Flash Code of DTC 023

Cause

The wire on the Belt Tension Sensor (BTS), that is part of the retractor assembly, may become open or acquire a ground near the sensor. If the BTS is rotated toward the rear of the vehicle, added stress is applied to the wire bundle that may cause an open or a ground path. The two photos below illustrate the possible effects on the wiring. Each photo indicates the area to investigate at the arrow labeled (1).


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I had mine come on everytime i had a passenger, or once in a while on its own. Turned out to be the passenger seat belt tensioner sensor was bad. Anytime the seat belt would be pulled at all it would trigger it. Took it in under warranty and all was solved.
^x2 on a problem I was having like this turning out being the seat belt tensioner. It was a shorted wire going to it that is located near where the B pillar meets the floor I'm told. Since it's all one unit, the entire assembly must be replaced.
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I have the same issue. Just happened again yesterday. I too ignore it cause when I turn the car off and turn it back on, it goes away.
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Same here, whenever I have a passenger and the seat belt is touched it says Service air bag, and the passenger air bag OFF is lit up. Guess I have to take it in.
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I recently got my car back from the dealership. My ecm needed to be reflashed since my car was running extremely lean and CEL was on. I started my car this morning and Service Air Bag showed up. I've had it do it before but it went away after a few times of starting my car.
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Im out of warranty now but ima take it in an bring up that bulletin
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The airbags aren't covered out of warranty? That seems kinda weird to have a safety device not covered.
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The airbags aren't covered out of warranty? That seems kinda weird to have a safety device not covered.
Yeah, I thought so too. It may have a longer warranty period that other items. I definitely had to pay out of pocket though. It was in the range of $350 for parts+labor if I remember right. I thought about doing it myself, but it's a hazmat item since it's got some explosive in it, so I was like... yeeaaah... not going to DIY this time. lol
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The airbags aren't covered out of warranty? That seems kinda weird to have a safety device not covered.
Parts are parts. Warranty isn't a safety coverage. It's coverage for manufacturer defects. It's not weird at all. Things wear over time. Sometimes they break sooner than you'd like, but there are a lot of factors that come into play.

BTW, just an FYI, when the Airbag light is on, the airbags are not operational. Keep that in mind when driving the vehicle. Besides the bulletin that has been posted, people should also check the wiring harnesses below both seats to make sure the connectors are properly connected and have a little dielectric grease on them to prevent corrosion and poor connection...
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Im out of warranty now but ima take it in an bring up that bulletin
With just a TSB, they still charge you. You need a recall to get free service. Being a safety item, I'm surprised this isn't a recall.
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Same here, whenever I have a passenger and the seat belt is touched it says Service air bag, and the passenger air bag OFF is lit up. Guess I have to take it in.
mine did the same thing. it was the seat belt in the passenger seat. I took it into the dealer and they fixed it no charge. car had over 60k on it.
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