The airbag light can come from any of several places, the most likely being
one of the seat switches. My E36 gave me an airbag light to tell me the
airbag light did not work -- this perplexed me as much as I assume it makes
In any case, the airbag system is not capable of resetting itself, it must
be reset via the diagnostic tool. The airbag system is a "safety of flight"
item, and any malfunction will be displayed even if the malfunction is
transitory. You do not need a BMW service center to affect the repairs, but
you will need at minimum a BMW independent garage that has the diagnostic
Other research seems to indicate the code can be cleared by jumping
terminals 7 and 20 (?) on the underhood diag port.
Sounds like I need to check the wiring under the seats, then try to
clear the code.
Jeff Strickland wrote:
That will reset your service interval lights. It will do nothing at all
for your SRS light.
First you have to figure out what the problem is - then you have to fix
it - then you have to reset the light. It can be anything from a seat
occupancy sensor to a seat-buckle-latch.
Peake Research makes a tool to diagnose and reset the system. If the
dealer is too expensive for you - I'd suggest you look into the Peake tool.
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