The airbag system and seatbelt systems are designed to work when they are needed. The airbags are a one-use item, so they must be replaced after deployment. Modern seat belts with the retractor pretensioner module will work under normal circumstances indefinitely, but the retractor pretensioner module can only be employed three times before the module requires maintenance.
What can go wrong
With proper care and maintenance, not much goes wrong with the safety systems in modern cars. However, failure to adhere to maintenance guidelines may leave your car unprotected in an accident. Please follow all maintenance recommendations.
Care and maintenance
Airbag systems are designed to work maintenance-free. Once deployed, they must be replaced with completely new parts to provide protection in case of future accidents. If there is a sensor error or some sort of fault in the system, the “Airbag” indicator lights up on the dash. This indicates that the airbag requires maintenance. It is imperative to get maintenance if you see this light illuminated. If you are not sure what the Airbag indicator light looks like, check your owner’s manual.
Modern seat belts with retractor pretensioner modules require maintenance after three activations. This is because the pretensioner operates on gas in a canister that is preloaded for only three individual uses. The module must be replaced once the canister has been exhausted.
Airbags and seat belts work together to help protect you and your family in the case of an accident. If you aren’t sure if the airbags or seat belts need maintenance, bring your car to a Tuffy near you.