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Date registered: Oct 2012
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How long are airbags good for?
I've read so much conflicting info in the process of scouring the web to find an answer to this question. Some people say the SRS control module is a one time use part when the airbag, whereas others say it isn't. Other people say that the airbag can expire too. But I'm not sure how the car would know this... Can anybody give me some sort of definitive idea?
I'm driving a 1989 190e 2.6 that has never been in an accident. It passed the airbag inspection in 2002, and the light just came on.
The SRS light has been on since I bought the car, and when I took it to an import shop, they hooked their computer up to it to diagnose it and it gave them an error code for "airbag deployed." My airbag was never deployed; the light just popped on one day, so the mechanic said that the code probably meant the SRS control module had gone bad.
My uncle went to a salvage yard and found another identical control module. He said that he thought that the light could have just come on because the system needs to be checked, and that they are all supposed to be checked every 10 years. Oddly enough, the sticker inside my door says it was checked in 2002, 10 years before the light came on... My question is, is it possible for the light to have just come on because it needs to be checked? Is that how it works?
The mechanic cleared all the codes, I believe. I just want to know what you guys make of this, whether buying the control module will solve the problem, hopefully...
Thanks for all your input. I know I've posted mostly questions on this forum, and everyone has been super helpful.