Is it ok to drive when the air bag light is on permanently?


Asked by Jan 23, 2014 at 07:57 AM about the 2008 Subaru Forester

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The air bag light is on all the time,
what does this mean?

6 Answers


I hope so

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It means there is a problem in the system and they will not deploy if you are in an accident. I t is ok to drive but you need to get it checked if you want them to work.

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Sure. Cars in the 50's had no airbag and people lived *sometimes*


My wife airbag light in her 2007 Legacy is on most of the time. The dealer said it is a sensor in the seat. Not sure how well the airbag will work but I haven't felt the need to pay to fix.

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None of the airbags will deploy in an accident if the light is on. Do not attempt to work on this yourself. There is always a chance of it deploying if not repaired by a certified technician.

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It can be a number of things, definately get the scan done. I have a car that has the same light on because the seat belt tensioner says it was over tensioned, you never know what could cause it till you actually look into it. As to whether it's safe to drive or not that is up to your personal oppinion as to whether you think air bags are nessiscary or not. Personally (not to start a debate) I have been in 3 major wrecks (stupid kid phase) and in all 3 none of the vehicles I drove had air bags and one was a role over accident at 45 in a Jeep (totaled) and another was a wreck doing 95 in a Toyota MR2 never got even a bruise from any, worst I got was a cigarette burn on my shoulder. So personally I don't pay atention to the little orange light.

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