How to Reset the Airbag Light in Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

You can reset the airbag light on your Vehicles right from your home garage, saving you time and money. A Vehicles comes with an on-board diagnostics computer that keeps track of all of the Vehicles functions. When the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) light illuminates on the instrument cluster, you need to have the Vehicles towed to your mechanic to have it looked Vehicles and replaced. Vehicles the SRS light only flashes on when the Vehicles has been in an accident. If it turns on when there has been no accident, it means the airbag system is malfunctioning and the Vehicles should not be driven. But once you have the Vehicles fixed, you can reset the light.

Under The Hood:

 How to Reset the Airbag Light in a Nissan Titan

Get in your Titan and close all of the doors. Place your key in the ignition and switch from "Off" to "On" without cranking the engine. Immediately turn the key to the "Off" position when the air bag light flashes.

Wait five to ten seconds and repeat the procedure two more times to reset your airbag light.

Disconnect the negative battery cable for 15 minutes if using the ignition key doesn't work for you. Disconnecting the battery will reset your computer.

Items you will need

  • Pliers (optional)

  • Keys

 How to Reset an Airbag Light on a Honda Odyssey

Put on safety equipment such as work gloves and goggles.

Locate the MES connector under the steering column. You can find it next to the fuse box. Pull out the plug in the connector and set aside.

Use a knife to strip both ends of the coated wire. Touch one end of one wire into one hole on the MES connector and touch one end of the other wire to the other hole in the connector.

Cross the ends of the wires together to create a short. Although it's low voltage, you shouldn't touch the exposed wires.

Place the key into the ignition and turn it on, but don't allow the engine to turn over while still holding the wires together. Watch as the SRS light blinks on then turns off. Separate the wires right away and the SRS light will turn back on.

Repeat Step 5 and the SRS light will flash two times and then turn off.

Shut off the Honda and wait 60 seconds. Start the engine and notice as the SRS light illuminates then shuts off.

Items you will need

  • Safety goggles

  • Work gloves

  • 2 coated wires, 8 inches

  • Knife

  • Ignition key

 How to Reset the Airbag Light on a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Put the key into the ignition and turn it to the "On" position. Do not start the engine.

Look for a port under the steering column that is the same shape as the plug on your code scanner. Plug the code scanner into the port. The Cherokee's battery will power the scanner on.

Use the arrow keys on the scanner to locate the reset light function. Select this function and the airbag light will turn off. Remove the scanner from the port and turn the vehicle off.

Turn the engine on. Check the instrument panel to see that the airbag light is off.

Items you will need

  • Ignition key

  • Code scanner

  • Wrench

 How to Reset the Airbag Light on a '98 Jetta

Turn your 1998 VW on and allow the airbag light to come on. Wait for at least six seconds to make sure the light stays on or continues to flash. This indicates the airbag will not deploy, even if you are in an accident. Turn your engine off.

Purchase an SRS scanning tool. You can find these through several online companies. The regular engine scanners that you can purchase from an auto parts store will only diagnose engine systems, not the airbag system.

Look under the steering wheel to find the 16-pin Data Link Connector. Connect the SRS scanning tool to it.

Wait for the scan to give you a number. Look that number up in the book provided with the scanning tool so you know what the code stands for and what the problem is with the airbag system. An SRS scanner can diagnose all sorts of mechanical and electrical problems since it communicates with your Volkswagen's internal computer.

Fix any mechanical issues the scanner identifies. After you have done this, enter the code to reset the airbag light and system.

Items you will need

  • Volkswagen SRS Scanner

 How to Reset an Airbag Light on a 2007 Toyota Corolla

Remove the fuse panel cover under the steering column by pulling down on it with your fingers.

Locate the yellow SRS electrical connector in the fuse panel.

Turn the ignition key to the "On" position (the second position in the ignition).

Pull the SRS electrical connector out of the fuse panel.

Unbend a paperclip and jump the two electrical terminals by touching one end of the paperclip to one terminal on the connector and the other end of the paperclip to the other end of the terminal. This will jump the two terminals, and cause the SRS light on your dash to stay lit for 10 seconds. The light will then go out.

Plug the SRS electrical connector for the airbag back into the fuse panel and close the fuse panel cover by pushing it back over the fuse panel until the retaining clips snap, locking it in place.

Items you will need

  • Paperclip

 How to Reset the Airbag Light on a Hyundai

Find the diagnostic-link connector underneath the driver's side of the car on the dashboard. Examine the shape of this receptive port and then compare it to your OBD II code reader to make sure the plug will fit into the connector. If the shapes match, plug the reader into the DLC.

Put the key into the ignition and turn it two clicks forward to the "On" position. Make sure the engine does not start.

Turn on the OBD II code reader and use the arrows to navigate the menu. Write down the codes it displays and turn off the code reader. Unplug it from the DLC.

Take the codes and your vehicle to a qualified mechanic to have the airbag system looked at and repaired.

Plug the OBD II code reader back into the DLC and put the key into the ignition, turning it to the "On" position. Turn on the code reader and move the arrows on the menu to the "Erase" function and then press "Enter".

Remove the OBD II code reader from the DLC and start the engine. Look at the instrument panel to make sure the airbag light turned off.

Items you will need

  • OBD II code reader

  • Ignition key

 How to Reset the Airbag Light on a Toyota

Find the fuse panel cover under the steering column and open it with your fingers. Pull down on it from the top.

Look for a yellow electrical connector. This is the SRS power connector. Pull the connector out of the panel.

Take a paperclip and unfold it. Jump the wire by attaching one end of the paperclip to each of the two terminals. This will reset the SRS light.

Put the yellow electrical connector back in place and close the panel cover.

Items you will need

  • Paperclip

 How to Reset the Airbag Light for My Pontiac Vibe

Open the hood of the car and locate the battery.

Loosen the bolt holding the negative (black) battery cable to the battery terminal. Remove the negative battery cable and wait for 90 seconds.

Reattach the negative battery cable. Tighten the bolt. Close the hood and start the car. After six seconds the SRS light should go off. If it does not go off, or if it flashes, this indicates an error in the SRS that needs to be repaired. Take your Vibe to a mechanic with a computer that can read the DTC and determine the specific error so your SRS can be repaired.

Items you will need

  • Adjustable wrench

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