My moms 2002 Altima, Airbag light is on how can that be safely fixed?

Neoplan Tim Lu

Asked by Jul 07, 2013 at 01:35 AM about the 2002 Nissan Altima

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So when we start the car the airbag light is on but as i was driving it, the light flashes
so what are my options before my mom spends a fortune to get it fixed

10 Answers

Tom Demyan

If it was somthing simple that tripped the light, you can use this procedure to stop it from blinking....."If you have the airbag light, it will show steady for a few seconds (the manual says 7 secs) after you turn the key from off to on (but not start) and then start to flash. Here is how to reset it: 1. Turn the key from off to on. 2. Watch the airbag light closely. It will stay on for a few secs. and then as soon as it blinks off (the start of the flashing), turn the key off instantly. 3. Count to 5 (1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi . . . .) 4. Repeat steps 1-3 two more times until you have done the cycle three times. 5. Now turn the key on and watch the light. It will start blinking in a different, slower manner. This is diagnostic mode. You can watch this for a little while, no hurry. 6. Now turn the key off again, Count to 5 like in step 3 again, and turn back on. If the procedure worked, the airbag light will not be flashing. If it does not work the first time, just repeat the steps again" . If the light comes back on, you have a more serious issue and you will need to take it into a mechanic for diagnosis. Could be a bad sensor. Good Luck.

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HMMMM- maybe I'm goin' to guru school here- 'cause I always thought that the light was miles sensitive- would be tripped when the car reached a certain mileage- which would induce the owner to take the car in to the dealer for a routine safety check- then the technician would turn the light off- what a revelation that the owner can turn it off!

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Tom, You're a genius. Your reset tecnique worked just as you said on my daughter's 2002 Nissan Sentra. Thanks a Bunch. Claude1950


Thanks for the Worked


Ok how about the passenger side air bag light is lit why

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Amber Shockley

Thank you! It worked :)


I did this method today on my Nissan Altima 2002. It worked like a charm! Thank you for posting. Follow the steps exactly from A position on ignition to B (do not turn car on!) and it works great. Awesome thanks again.

Lance Brooks

The solution actually works. Thank you Tom. Just reset that alert in my 2008 Altima Coupe.


Does this work on a 2006 or 2007??


Does this work on 2006 and 2007 models??

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