Should I reset or replace the airbag module?

After an accident most people know that the first thing that they need to change is their airbags if they have deployed, however, it is also necessary to have those deployment codes erased to eliminate the airbag light on the dashboard. 

Replacing the airbag module can cost anywhere from $200 up to $1,000 depending on the vehicle, compared to a reset which will cost you around $50.

Does the airbag module need to be replaced?

Unless the airbag module is actually faulty, it doesn’t need to be replaced and can be reset. Here are some signs that the module is faulty:

  • Scanner shows an internal fault code for the module.
  • No communication with the module.
  • Corrosion on the module’s motherboard
  • Water damage.
  • Fire damage.
  • Bent, broken, and corroded pins.

Why the module reset is most likely the best option for you

When getting a new airbag module it usually comes out to a large price tag, this can be avoided through a simple module reset.

It is also not a good idea to go to a junkyard or a U-pull and take a used module, It is too unclear if these modules are okay to use themselves.

The airbag modules are also VIN specific. If getting the module from a different vehicle, it will need to be reset and vin swapped.

Airbag Module (SRS) Reset Service


As long as there is nothing else wrong with the vehicle, the airbag light will go away after installing the reset module. (Learn more…)