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Old 02-07-2007, 23:17
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Just Asking - Buying a used car with 12 mths MOT on it but wondering if there's something dodgy going on as the airbag light on the drivers side is lit up. (Car Dealership is part of a garage)

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Old 02-07-2007, 23:19
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I'd have thought so, it's a defective safety feature.
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Old 02-07-2007, 23:28
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Just Asking - Buying a used car with 12 mths MOT on it but wondering if there's something dodgy going on as the airbag light on the drivers side is lit up. (Car Dealership is part of a garage)

Ta Much x
Do you know if it's been stolen or broken into.

Probably not a best idea and unsafe to do, but maybe remove the bulb connector so it won't come on whilst attending the MOT

But like i said not safe to do. Agree with Telly_Man, it's there for a reason so needs to be checked out.
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Old 02-07-2007, 23:41
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What car is it? i have a saxo and the same thing happens, there is a wire under the drivers seat apparently and when you move the seat it knocks the wire and puts the light on, i have only had it a month and the mot isn't up yet, so i can't help on that question, sorry.
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Old 02-07-2007, 23:46
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I am selling an Escort with the same problem. Strangely though it needed an MOT last week and the light went off the day before the MOT was due. It passed as the light wasn't on, don't know if this would have caused it to fail though. Hubby tried to remove the bulb, but couldn't do it, maybe the bulb has gone by itself.
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Old 02-07-2007, 23:57
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Why should it fail the MOT?
A lot of old cars dont have airbags and they dont fail?

hmm this worlds confusing!
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Old 03-07-2007, 00:04
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Why should it fail the MOT?
A lot of old cars dont have airbags and they dont fail?

hmm this worlds confusing!
If it doesn't have an airbag it won't fail for not having one, but I think it would fail for having a defective warning light. It is a bit odd I agree though, as mine is defective, but the warning light no longer works, so it passed.
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Old 03-07-2007, 00:18
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What car is it? i have a saxo and the same thing happens, there is a wire under the drivers seat apparently and when you move the seat it knocks the wire and puts the light on, i have only had it a month and the mot isn't up yet, so i can't help on that question, sorry.
A friend of mine has a Saxo with the same problem. It started to do it about three years ago and he asked advice from his garage and they said much the same thing as you have.

He stuck some black insulation tape over it and it has passed the MOTs since then.
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Old 03-07-2007, 02:32
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my car passed its mot last week with the airbag light on its an advisory not a fail
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:24
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Its not a failure, unless they have recently altered the MOT.

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Old 03-07-2007, 07:41
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Thanks all, Its a Renault Safrane (Never heard of em before, but it's a nice big car for the )
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Old 03-07-2007, 08:14
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I am selling an Escort with the same problem. Strangely though it needed an MOT last week and the light went off the day before the MOT was due. It passed as the light wasn't on, don't know if this would have caused it to fail though. Hubby tried to remove the bulb, but couldn't do it, maybe the bulb has gone by itself.
Oh how very honest of you! Jesus some people are such chavs!
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Old 03-07-2007, 09:25
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My car has had a broken air bag slip ring for a year now, I got told its 200 to replace and it won't pass the MOT without it, I also got told lots of other things and it passed with flying colours and no it wasn't a dodgy garage. This was the Volkswagen dealership
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Old 03-07-2007, 11:02
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Oh how very honest of you! Jesus some people are such chavs!
Rather than spouting utter nonsense and crappy remarks, why not post a comment thats constructive, or, better still, none at all.

Besides, airbags and such related items are NOT part of the MOT test procedure. Dashboard warning lights or indicators are also not checked. The only legal requirement in a vehicle in regards to the dashboard is a working speedometer which displays speed in MPH.

Heres a list of items checked during the MOT ;
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring...ot/DG_10016070
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Old 03-07-2007, 20:05
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Thanks all, Its a Renault Safrane (Never heard of em before, but it's a nice big car for the )
I just looked at this cd I have here.

Not sure whcih model in paritcular but for the safrane it says


switch ignition on
srs warning lamp illuminates
lamp extinguishes after 3 seconds
if not - suspect wiring or SRS control module

----DISARM---

It gives points why it may need diusarming, such as you are repaiting a component, replacing seatbelts etc.

But

Ignition Off
Remove SRS fuse from fascia fuse box
wait 5 mins
Now that I have seen bottom post, you can ignore this.
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Old 03-07-2007, 20:09
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Just Asking - Buying a used car with 12 mths MOT on it but wondering if there's something dodgy going on as the airbag light on the drivers side is lit up. (Car Dealership is part of a garage)

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Erm, only part with your cash once the fault is fixed by the garage maybe?
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Old 03-07-2007, 20:16
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Why should it fail the MOT?
A lot of old cars dont have airbags and they dont fail?

hmm this worlds confusing!
life is one massive contradiction...

Regardless of the MOT situation it's a safety feature that's better to be working than not.
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Old 03-07-2007, 20:17
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No, an faulty airbag is not a MOT failure point.


Still get it checked out though.
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Old 03-07-2007, 21:23
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Airbag light might be tripped by disconnection of battery and/or disonnection of the seat harness.
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Old 03-07-2007, 23:13
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Why should it fail the MOT?
A lot of old cars dont have airbags and they dont fail?

hmm this worlds confusing!
Because it indicates a fault with the airbag and could mean it'll go of at any time... not so good when you're driving at 70* on the motorway.



*yeah, right
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Old 04-07-2007, 01:22
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Airbag light might be tripped by disconnection of battery and/or disonnection of the seat harness.
Usual causes of it going off, new owner moves seat breaks wire on seatbelt connector.
Battery or other electrical fault, battery removed or reconnected with the key in ignition, SRS/Airbag ECU throws a fault light.
Take key out of the ignition before chuffing with battery.

Wouldn't worry about the airbag going off in your face.
Light on = fault, default setting if there is a fault is to disable the system.
If messing with the airbag wiring, leave the key and ignition off for half an hour, give the capacitors time to leak down any charge before fiddling.
Don't start poking the airbag with a multimeter once it's off either, unless you know exactly what test you're doing.

Oh as has been said not a MOT failure item yet.

Whoever it was with the broken steering wheel ribbon connector, try your local TV/Video repair man, usually just a resolder job,but they can be damn fiddly.
Otherwise try a breakers yard or specialist breaker for your car, although the latter will be more expensive.
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Old 04-07-2007, 23:21
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Thanks very much everyone!
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Old 05-07-2007, 06:54
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The fault may not mean an MOT failure, but if your insurance company know that you know there is a fault, and someone is subsequently injured in an accident, then they could deny any payout on the basis that you failed to divulge any material fact affecting the cars roadworthiness.

The mere fact that you haven't told your insurers may actually mean your insurance is void - which means you are driving illegally and are liable to severe penalties - including the possible seizing of your car!
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:46
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The fault may not mean an MOT failure, but if your insurance company know that you know there is a fault, and someone is subsequently injured in an accident, then they could deny any payout on the basis that you failed to divulge any material fact affecting the cars roadworthiness.

The mere fact that you haven't told your insurers may actually mean your insurance is void - which means you are driving illegally and are liable to severe penalties - including the possible seizing of your car!
Rubbish, completely made up.
An air bag light being lit doesnt make it unroadworthy my car passed its MOT with the brake warning light lit, still passed the brake tests.
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:49
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Airbags were only invented in order to stop car manufacturers in the US being sued by people from states where their 'rights' make seatbelt wearing optional. Seatbelts are the safety feature, airbags simply an optional extra, but fitted everywhere now for production economies.
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