How do I get the driver's seat side airbag light on the dash to go out?

Asked by Jun 27, 2015 at 03:20 PM about the 2000 Ford Focus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My driver's seat broke; it had a side airbag.  I replaced it with a used seat without a side
airbag.  Now the dash airbag light stays on.  I was thinking of cutting off the male side
airbag connector from the old seat and putting it into the female connector under the seat
to "fool" the system, or just disconnecting the light, since there is no airbag.

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Putting the cutoff connector won't work, the air control module is looking for a resistance reading, if it's not there then the light will stay on. Then there is the inspection factor, if you take the light out it fails inspection, what you have done will also fail it. Maybe you can take both seats and make one work that still has the airbag setup.

When I got the "new" seat at the junkyard, I didn't realize the existing seat had the airbag. I could remove the airbag from the old seat, but it could only be placed under the new seat, which I would be leery of. Could I splice in a resistor? The car is a 2000, and the new seat was from a 2001, so evidently the side airbag is not a mandatory safety feature.

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Unfortunately this is what happens when you try to save some money sometimes. You should always be sure that the used replacement part is an EXACT duplicate of what you have. You might see if the parts place has the correct seat and will exchange it for you.

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