Airbag Repair Costs: Prices for Common Problems

January 27, 2012

If you've been in a collision and your airbags have deployed, you'll need to pay for airbag repair if you intend to drive the car once again. This means that you'll need to have the airbags set up once again and replaced, so that they are able to deploy once again if need be. It's not a good idea to drive without airbags in your vehicle, and many states actually make it illegal to do so. Therefore, if you have deployed airbags in your car or if the bags themselves are broken or damaged for any reason, you'll need to pay for airbag module repair or airbag replacement in order to get them working again.

Number 1 -- Reset Airbag Light

If your airbag light on your dashboard has become deactivated, it likely means that the airbags in your car are not open and available to be deployed if you were to get into an accident. This likely means that something is the matter with the airbag system, provided that you haven't been in an accident. You'll need to hire a professional to come in and examine the airbags before you continue to drive the car. This process can take several hours of time and usually costs a few hundred dollars, although depending upon the type of car it may be up to about $600.

Number 2 -- Airbag Replacement

If your airbags are broken or non functional for some reason other than having been deployed, you should plan on having them replaced as soon as possible in order to protect yourself and any other passengers in your car. The cost of replacing an airbag outright can be several hundred dollars, although it once again depends partially upon the exact make and model of the car that you're working with. Expect to pay on the order of $1000 to $1500 per airbag to be replaced.

Number 3 -- Airbag Resetting

If you've been in an accident, and the airbags themselves have become deployed, you'll have to set them back up in order to be able to drive again. Reinstalling the same airbag is generally cheaper than purchasing new airbags outright, but you should still plan on a budget of about $1000 per airbag to be reattached and fitted in order to be safe.

Another consideration to keep in mind is that you can purchase a new steering wheel system, which includes an airbag, provided that it hasn't previously been deactivated. These systems are oftentimes actually cheaper than the procedure of having an airbag reinstalled anyway, and may be several hundred dollars less.

Another important point to be mindful of is that, if you've been in an accident that was serious enough to cause multiple airbags to deploy, it may not be worth your investment to replace them in a damaged or totaled vehicle. For more information and advice, consult with a professional mechanic or air bag service person.

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