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+Toyota Rav4 sport (2010) The vehicle met in an accident, now all lights on the dash is on permanently including the rears lights. The side airbags are deployed (driver side) and diver side seat belt is damaged. What's the best solution to my repair problem apart from visiting the dealership.

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  • stephen_d783 May 18, 2011

    Do i have to replace the airbags? Cant the vehicle be repaired without replacing the 2 deployed airbags? I am more interested in removing the lights from the dash and repairing the seal belt and have the vehicle performing normally without replacing the airbags

  • stephen_d783 May 18, 2011

    Cant the vehicle be repaired without replacing the airbags?

  • stephen_d783 May 18, 2011

    Thanks helpmech

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Its not easy, task.You will have to get the air bag connector and wires by-passed then check.If it get successfully bypassed, then you can repair other parts without replacing air bag.But if airbag connectors are not getting bypassed, then replacing is necessary.If all the light stays on, then there can be short in connections from dash or in the fuse box.The dash is getting power directly from battery, as any of the dash wire is getting in contact with battery terminal or metal parts.The fuses in fuse box and dash wiring connector needs to be checked.Replacing seat belt is not a hard job.You just require basic tools to remove the seal belt out from its hook and unbolt it and reconnect new replacement seal belt to its exact location.----- But first you will have to get the air bag connector by passed and see.If its still causing the problem, then this problem can also be related to fault in ECU/ECM.In that case the vehicles computer needs to be scanned and if checked out faulty.Then it needs to be replaced and re-programmed by dealer.---------- After replacing computer, reprogramming is necessary, other wise the new ECU/ECM will not detect electrical parts in the vehicle and cause major problems like no start. ------------------- This should help.Thanks.Helpmech.

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I have read what you said about the dealer but this is a system that requires special equipment to test and special trainning to repair the airbag system (known as the SRS). I do not recomend that you attempt this repair yourself. Don't you have insurance? The airbags alone cost at least $3000.00 then you will need a new SRS control module and crash sensors another $1000.00.

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    yadayada May 18, 2011

    I will not be part of a hap hazard repair that can cost you your life, sorry but I have ethics. Good luck this I am out of it..

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