Safety while driving is of the utmost priority, and airbags are an essential vehicle component that cannot be ignored. If your car’s airbag has been deployed, then it will need to be fully replaced as soon as possible to guarantee your safety.
If you purchased a used car, you should be thorough in your inspection to make sure that it has functioning airbags. One possible indicator is the airbag warning light on the driver’s side dash. If this light stays on while driving, then it’s a sign that there’s a problem with your airbag, and it won’t deploy in the event of a crash.
Airbags are controlled by a computer system, so there could be an issue with the computer operation of your airbag, even if the airbag is still intact and unused. Here’s how to get a mechanic to evaluate the situation, compare prices, and see the installation through.
Seek a professional opinion
Step 1: Call your mechanic. Contact your mechanic about the potential problem - that is, you know your car doesn’t have a functioning airbag, or your airbag warning light is on while driving.
From here you can schedule an appointment to have your car looked at, or you might get some tips over the phone.
Step 2: Take your car in for evaluation. Once you have an appointment, take your car in to be evaluated by a mechanic.
Because airbags are controlled by a computer system, the problem could just be a sensor that needs to be reset. Your mechanic will be able to let you know what the underlying cause is.
Compare prices of airbag installation
Step 1: Get a second opinion. It’s always good to compare prices from different mechanics and get a second opinion.
A car dealership might offer a different price than the mechanic down the street. Comparing prices helps you understand the work that needs to be done and if the rate is actually fair.
If you are mechanically-minded, you might be able to do the work yourself. There are many online tools and videos for completing automotive tasks on your own.
Complete the installation and service
Step 1: Take your car in for the installation. With issues of safety it’s best not to wait on repairs. As soon as you find a mechanic you can trust, schedule the repairs and get the job done.
Ask any questions ahead of time and get back on the road in a vehicle that is equipped with the right safety features.
Some car maintenance issues can wait, but airbags aren’t one of them. While it is always a good idea to comparison shop and compare rates, it isn’t a good idea to postpone the repair. Take care of an airbag installation as quickly as possible because your safety on the road depends on it.