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Old 31 Aug 2016, 11:50 am
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Default Passenger Air-bag Light Problem?

I noticed something the other day in my 2010 PT Cruiser that made me do a double take. Everyone knows when first starting up your vehicle, many of the console lights will flash on as the electrical system powers up, but then will all go off one by one. However, this time I've started seeing the yellow "Passenger Air-Bag Off" light cycle on the middle console down by the radio then goes out after a few seconds (which is something I do not think was happening when I bought it a few months ago).

Is this normal or is it telling me the air-bag on that side is off? The car had no wrecks reported, so I don't think it was in an accident.

Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 31 Aug 2016, 11:53 am
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Default Re: Passenger Air-bag Light Problem?

Do you have something sitting on the seat?

From the Owner's Manual:

"The Passenger Airbag Disable (PAD) Indicator Light
(an amber light located in the center of the instrument
panel) tells the driver and front passenger when the
front passenger airbag is turned off. The PAD Indicator
lamp illuminates the words PASS AIR BAG OFF
to show that the front passenger airbag will not inflate
during a collision requiring airbags. When the right
front passenger seat is empty or when very light
objects are placed on the seat, the passenger air bag
will not inflate even though the Passenger Airbag
Disable (PAD) indicator lamp is not illuminated.
The PAD indictor light should not be illuminated
when an adult passenger is properly seated in the
front passenger seat. In this case, the air bag is ready to
be inflated if a collision requiring an airbag occurs.

For all other occupants, the PAD indicator light will be
illuminated indicating that the front passenger airbag is
turned off and will not inflate."
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Old 31 Aug 2016, 01:27 pm
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Yep,

That's what I figured too. When my wife sit down, the light goes off. Of course here in Arkansas, we don't do a lot of that there readin' and writen'. So I never thought of confirming with the manual.

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Old 31 Aug 2016, 02:58 pm
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Default Re: Passenger Air-bag Light Problem?

Does it do the issue when someone is sitting in the passenger seat and then you go to start the engine?
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Old 12 Sep 2016, 12:29 pm
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I ran an experiment with my wife today after we were coming in from a restaurant. I had her sit down in the passenger seat like normal (after the car had been off for over an hour). I put the key in started it up and still received the air bag light even with her sitting down.

I counted it this time, and it lit up and stayed on for exactly six seconds then went off. Not sure if that makes a difference. I was hoping it was just the car cycling the dials upon start up, but this has me concerned her side won't inflate if there happens to be an accident.

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Old 14 Sep 2016, 10:58 am
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1. I put the key in started it up and still received the air bag light even with her sitting down.

2. I counted it this time, and it lit up and stayed on for exactly six seconds then went off.
#1 seems to contradict #2.
Did the light stay on forever with your wife in the seat or just stay on for the first 6 seconds after starting the car?

I had SRS problems with my 09 Cruiser (turned out to be a faulty passenger seat belt receptacle). Before the latch electrically failed completely, I was doing a lot of testing and also noticed that pressing down on the seat with various weights, the cycle time was about 5-6 seconds between the time I changed weights and the center airbag light would go on or off so I think what you're seeing is normal. The SRS indicators do not respond instantly. Otherwise hopefully you won't get into a front side collision within 6 seconds of sitting down.
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Old 14 Sep 2016, 12:59 pm
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Not sure how it contradicts. She got in the car, I started it up, the light came on and then went off after six seconds. We drove home. So you're thinking this is not a notice, but just a normal cycle of the dials?

Any way I can test this without spending a fortune? Perhaps with a sensor reader at Auto-Zone?
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Old 14 Sep 2016, 01:55 pm
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I had this problem when I had a passenger, and it turned out to be dust inside the seat belt receiver. I used some quick-dry electrical contact cleaner and some pipe cleaners and used them to clean out the inside of the seat belt receiver and the problem went away.
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Old 15 Sep 2016, 12:35 pm
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Default Re: Passenger Air-bag Light Problem?

But how could the seat belt generate this air bag light notice? I don't think she even touched the seatbelt when we did the test.
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Old 15 Sep 2016, 02:46 pm
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I don't think that a faulty set belt latch would cause the center indicator to light or turn off, but it could cause other faults in the SRS.

I don't think Autozone carries an SRS code reader. The only ones I know of are the standard CEL codes which they'll do for free. There is a code reader they sell for about $200 that reads ABS codes, but I don't think they carry one that reads/resets SRS codes. You'll probably have to go to a shop to have it read.
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