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Car Care Airbag Question

I have a 2000 Voyager minivan, and the air bag light came on and stays on. I have checked fuses and they were good. I brought vehicle to repair shop, where they performed a diagnostic scan which showed two faults. The shop says clock spring in steering wheel is faulty and also passenger air bag unit. They say clock spring must be replaced in order to determine if passenger air bag must be replaced also. Cost estimate $400 for clock spring replacement and $1200 for passenger air bag. Is there any other solution to this problem? This vehicle has 73,000 miles on it and never been in a collision. All parts are original equipment.

Thank You for your time, Sam

It’s not uncommon for the clock spring to cause most air bag lights, and our shops have replaced a few over the years. As far as passenger side—we have been repairing vehicles for more 28 years and in my experience, have never had to have one replaced that didn’t deploy from an accident. Of course it’s not impossible, but my suggestion would be to get a second opinion on the diagnostics before investing the money to repair the airbag.

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