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  • avatar subearu 05/30/09 12:05 pm PST

    The air bag system needs to be checked ASAP. The light remaining on indicates that the system is not working and has a problem. If this happened after the accident, then you should be able to have that covered by the insurance of the vehicle that hit you. You should take the vehicle to the dealer to get the air bag system checked out.

    -Brian

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  • subearu 05/30/09 12:05 pm PST

    The air bag system needs to be checked ASAP. The light remaining on indicates that the system is not working and has a problem. If this happened after the accident, then you should be able to have that covered by the insurance of the vehicle that hit you. You should take the vehicle to the dealer to get the air bag system checked out.

    -Brian

  • karjunkie 05/30/09 12:26 pm PST

    Airbags are designed to deploy in frontal and near-frontal collisions more severe than a threshold defined by the regulations governing vehicle construction in whatever particular market the vehicle is intended for. U.S. regulations require deployment in crashes at least equivalent in deceleration to a 23 km/h (14 mph) barrier collision, or similarly, striking a parked car of similar size across the full front of each vehicle at about twice the speed. Airbags are specifically designed NOT to deploy in a rear end collision like yours. However, a severe impact may have damaged or otherwise disabled the SRS system and require repair of the SRS sensors or other related parts. The dealer can read the SRS codes and see why the light is on with a simple diagnostic. Remember, that the light means your airbags will not function until the problem is repaired so drive as carefully as you can until the problem is diagnosed and repaired! Good luck!

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