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Old 16th December 2005
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Default Service Air Bag on DIC?

Hey all,

When I left this morning, everything was fine, but after I picked up some coffee, I started the ignition and the driver's air bag light (i.e., not the one marked '2') remained illuminated, and the message "Service Air Bag" appeared on the DIC. I haven't driven it again today, but when I started it this evening, it still had that message. OnStar ran a 'diagnostic' on the vehicle and reported that the supplemental inflatable restraint system was not functioning properly, that the airbags may not deploy in a collision, and OnStar would not be notified if a collision occurred.

I've had the 9-7x since August; it has about 7500mi on it. Has anyone experienced this issue? Is it that the airbags may not deploy, or additionally that they may deploy w/o a collision? Obviously, it's to be fixed by the dealer, but I'm wondering whether it's worth towing rather than driving for safety reasons.

Also, is there a way w/o calling OnStar to do the diagnostic? Other GM vehicles with a DIC and OnStar have a keypress sequence to reveal diagnostic mode reporting codes (OBD-II codes or otherwise)... I'm unsure which sequence would apply to the 9-7x, if any.

tia

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Old 29th December 2005
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i only know of K body cadillacs offering the OBDII diagnostics through the DIC, unforuntily i have never seen them on any others.

for what its worth, the circuit resistance of the airbag system is tightly monitored by the airbag module, and if the resistance moves out of the acceptable range (generally about 1.5 ohm total variance) then you do get airbag warning light. my guess this is what is happening as it tends to be the most common of all airbag faults, where a ciruit picks up an extra tenth or so of an ohm (generally in a connector) and it lands out of an acceptable range. i wouldnlt be worried about an accidental deploynent, as there are multiple triggers that have to come into affect for an airbag to deploy. however the posisbility of no deployment is there, and for that reason you ought to have it checked out as soon as possible.
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