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Okay, let’s break this down. First we’ll talk about the airbag, and then the occupant module. Hopefully, you know what airbags are. If you don’t, then we’ve got bigger issues on our hands. Airbags are the big fluffy balloon-like pillows that explode on the interior of your car when you’re in a crash. They protect your body when you jolt around on the impact of a collision. At the very least, they can limit the amount of pain and injuries you deal with. At the very most, they’ll save your life. Airbags save a lot of lives. It’s kind of their thing. Your car has a lot of airbags, including ones to protect the person in the front passenger seat. And that brings us to occupant modules. “Module” is just the fancy car word for “computer.” Modern cars have a lot of modules, that monitor and control various elements in your car. The airbag occupant module is partially responsible for turning the front passenger airbag on and off. Your car has an airbag occupant sensor, which alerts the module when there’s a passenger in the front seat. When there isn’t, the occupant module sends a signal to turn the airbag off, so it won’t damage a small child or animal that may be in the seat. When the sensor (which is triggered by weight) determines that someone is sitting in the seat, then the occupant module will make sure the airbag system is locked and loaded. Usually the airbag occupant module will last the life of a car without needing to be replaced. But there are always some exceptions.
Now, I know you’re no fan of the warning lights in your car. I get it. They’re small and seem insignificant. They can’t mean much, right? Wrong. They mean a lot. And you should always pay attention to them, no matter how much you love not paying attention to things. If your airbag occupant module is failing, it will likely trigger an airbag warning light. That light will likely just say “SRS,” or perhaps “airbag.” Your airbags are a pretty important safety feature in your car, so pay attention when you see that warning light.
As previously mentioned, the airbag occupant module is responsible for turning your occupant airbag on or off depending on whether someone is sitting in the front passenger seat. There’s usually a light on your car for this. Depending on your car, it will either tell you when the airbag is turned on, or when the airbag is turned off. That light should turn on and off as the occupants come and go from the seat. If the light is either on, or off, when both the seat is occupied or empty, then the system isn’t working right. It may be due to a faulty airbag occupant sensor, rather than a module, but it certainly cold be the result of a busted module.
This one’s a no-brainer. An airbag occupant module replacement is extremely urgent. Airbags are a huge part of your safety feature, and you should make sure they’re fully operational at all times.
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