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Why is the airbag light blinking in my 2003 Altima?

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The airbag light will "light" when there is a malfunction in the airbag system. The fault is present in the air bag controller. The computer must be scanned to retrieve these stored faults to pinpoint the malfunctioning component. Your airbag system is not functioning. I strongly suggest taking it in to get tested!

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1. Turn the key from off to on.

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