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FIAT Punto II (1999 - 2006) - 2003 - Airbag Warning Light  
2003 - Airbag Warning Light - bax
The Airbag Warning Light on our 03 Fiat Punto came on today and we have been unable to get info from Fiat - Fiat UK advised us to contact the dealer and the dealer is permanently busy.
What we need to know is: does the light -on mean that the airbags would not operate in the event of an accident or are they liable to operate spontaneously?
We can live with the former but obviously not with the latter.
Any info would be gratefully received.
We thank you in anticipation. bax

Edited by Dynamic Dave on 31/01/2008 at 16:49

Tags: airbags warning lights air bags accident management electrical faults

2003 - Airbag Warning Light - Dynamic Dave
What we need to know is: does the light -on mean that the airbags would
not operate in the event of an accident


Correct. Light is indicating a system fault and will be inoperative.
We can live with the former but obviously not with the latter.


But would you live in the event of an accident if your airbags didn't go off? Also, would your insurance pay out if they discovered that a safety device fitted to the car was inoperative?
Fiat UK advised us to contact the dealer and the dealer is permanently busy.


Then try an independant garage. Most, if not all will have a code reader to reveal the fault.
2003 - Airbag Warning Light - SteVee
Don't know about Fiat specifically - but generally means that the airbags are less likely to operate - so your former statement applies.

The light normally indicates more than just airbags - maybe seatbelt tensioners also.
Typically there's an under-seat connection that has come apart (maybe still together, but not pushed home fully). Pushing the connections home show extinguish the light.

Be very careful with what you do with these circuits.
Read your manual carefully before doing anything.
2003 - Airbag Warning Light - bax
Thankyou for the info.
All of what you advise makes sense and is helpful.
At least we can use the car for essential journeys if there is a delay getting it fixed.
bax
2003 - Airbag Warning Light - oilrag
Try a different battery, sometimes low battery voltage (newish Halfords battery in our case) can cause this to happen, as it did on our 02 Mk2 1.9 Diesel.

This was intermittent illumination of the airbag light, we never saw that again after fitting a more powerful OE Fiat replacement. £20 more, I think, but worth it.

Regards
2003 - Airbag Warning Light - drivewell
Not an uncommon Punto issue (from that generation).

Air bag wiring runs over top of glove box. This can easily be disturbed, especially if glove box is full. ask yourself ...have you recently had to push the glovebox hard to close it?

You need to have this checked first. Fiat dealer should check this, and re-set light for 0.5 hours labour at the most.

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