By far the coldest day of the year, here in Westchester
county, 10mi north of New York City. 10-degrees at 8am,
17 now at 8pm, going down again.
And, the air-bag "idiot light" (term from the 60's -- still
used today?) *stays on*, which the car's instruction book
says means "GET YOUR CAR CHECKED AND FIXED IMMEDIATELY!".
Question: is the fact of it being so cold when this
light stays on (first time ever) just a mere coincidence --
meaning I really do have to take it in
do *lots* of cars shwo the same problem when super-cold
weather? (Meaning there's no way to fix it -- just ain't
designed to operate at this temperature.)
What have *you* heard about this kind of thing?
Probably nothing, but better safe than sorry. Not deploying when needed is
no biggy if you wear belts, but an uncommanded deployment going over a
pothole could ruin your whole day.
It probably won't cost you anything but time and inconvenience- the Feds
make them repair that stuff free for at least the first 100k miles, IIRC.
We're at about -5F (at 8PM) a couple hundred miles North of you.
I haven't heard anything do to cold and 10F isn't really all that
cold. I'd make sure you don't have crap stuffed under the seat.
MMy seat belt light came on a while back. Some bungee cords had
slipped under the seat and were interfering with the seat
mechanism. Just a guess.
On my Dodge Caravan it was a defective switch. It didn't actually affect
anything, except to make the light come on, but then you never know if the
device is okay or not.
I got it replaced. For the price I am not sure if I would recommend that or
Can you honk the horn? Does your cruise control work? Had a van do this,
the clockwork spring (I think) was gone in the steering disabling the horn,
cruise and airbag.
Sorry but 10 degrees is not super cold, having run vehicles at -40 and
colder without an issue. You have a problem with your air bag, get it
On 26 Jan 2007 20:54:42 -0500, email@example.com (David Combs) wrote:
The term is still used, but I don't think the seat belt light is an
idiot light. That term imo refers to the "OIL" and "BATTERY"** lights
which replaced actual gauges, presumably because the average idiot
didn't know what was good and what was bad when he looked at the oil
pressure gauge and the ammeter. So they just gave him a light and
told him that was bad.
The airbag light doesn't replace an earlier gauge, and I don't think
one simple gauge would be enough to indicate whether the airbag is in
good condition or not. So maybe they could have had a digital
indicator that would give all the airbag codes. But from the driver's
pov, what difference does it make what the code is if he doesn't have
the tools to fix any of them.
Actually I like that my '95 Chrysler has both an oil light and an oil
gauge. In truth, you wouldn't have to be an idiot not to notice when
the pressure is too low, so the warning light is good. I hate all the
cars that only have a voltmeter, when an ammeter gives a lot more
information, and gives valuable information earlier.
**I forget what it actually said on that light.
The difference in knowing the actual code is that in many cases it
would give the owner a good idea of what exactly is wrong, and not
leave them at the mercy of shady dealers or repair shops. Before I
took a modern car to the dealer for what could be an expensive repair,
I'd get one of the digital readout devices that let;s you pull the
code info from the car.
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