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Question Check Airbag when handbrake on

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I am new here, so apologies if I've posted in the wrong section.
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My handbrake appears to be slightly off centre and every time its pulled or released, it rubs against the plastic side. I dont find it a problem, its been like that for a year or so and doesnt seem to have any negative affect on the vehicle, the handbrake still does what its meant to. However, yesterday I stopped at traffic lights and as soon as I pulled the handbrake up, the 'check airbag' message with the orange spanner/service light came on but I didnt notice anything else unusual with the vehicle. As soon as I released the handbrake, the message and service light disappeared. It didnt happen again on that journey and I haven't used the vehicle today.
Should I now be concerned? If its not an easy fix, how much should it cost me on average to rectify the issue? Or is this just simply an issue I can ignore till the next service in a few months?
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Re: Check Airbag when handbrake on

Simples, Inspect the wiring under the seats for damage / insecurity.
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Re: Check Airbag when handbrake on

Hello. Yes it sounds like the wiring to the airbag pre-tensioner to the seatbelt is about to fail, rr maybe the pretensioner itself wants to meet Saint Peter.. It's pretty common that the wiring will fail due to constant moving the seat back and forth.


You could try put on the ignition and rumble around with the cables, pull seat back and forwards and see if the light comes back on. The light ignites due to the resistance becomes too high.

I don't know what laws there is in your country but we're not allowed to repair wiring on airbag wiring. This has to do with the resistance in the wire may become too high and it won't work as fast if there god forbid should be a accident. Only time we can modify it is if the fault is in a clamp, then it's allowed to remove it.

This may be only here, but if you're not comfortable with soldering, just take it to the shop
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Re: Check Airbag when handbrake on

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Simples, Inspect the wiring under the seats for damage / insecurity.
Its not an exam question, geezer.

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Hello. Yes it sounds like the wiring to the airbag pre-tensioner to the seatbelt is about to fail, rr maybe the pretensioner itself wants to meet Saint Peter.. It's pretty common that the wiring will fail due to constant moving the seat back and forth.


You could try put on the ignition and rumble around with the cables, pull seat back and forwards and see if the light comes back on. The light ignites due to the resistance becomes too high.

I don't know what laws there is in your country but we're not allowed to repair wiring on airbag wiring. This has to do with the resistance in the wire may become too high and it won't work as fast if there god forbid should be a accident. Only time we can modify it is if the fault is in a clamp, then it's allowed to remove it.

This may be only here, but if you're not comfortable with soldering, just take it to the shop
Now armed with a bit of knowledge. thanks mate
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Re: Check Airbag when handbrake on

Have a good look round between the seats were the seat belt anchorages are maybe the hand brake
is rubbing or moving the wires or connections to the pre tensioners.

If you find a fix for your problem please let us know it will help others.


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