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Airbag light my airbag light just recently turned on and i havent been in an accident or anything. is there anything i can do to fix it without taking it into the dealership

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  • smgirl27 Jun 15, 2009

    i already tried the battery thing. and that didnt work. I dont have the money to pay the dealership to fix it. Is there ANYTHING ELSE i can do to fix it? could it be the fuse blew or anything?



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It needs to be checked for service but you can try taking you battery + off  for about a min and put back see if it goes off

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