Will I Fail Inspection For An Airbag Light?

Updated October, 2020
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It depends on your state requirements if you fail a car inspection with an airbag light on. Although, in general, you'll want to have your airbags checked right away if you notice this warning light turned on. Usually, it's just an easy, inexpensive fix. If your airbag light is on, they may not deploy in an accident, causing you serious injuries or even death.

What is a car inspection?

A vehicle inspection is a procedure to ensure that your vehicle conforms to regulations governing safety, emissions, or both. An inspection is required at various times, i.e., periodically or on the transfer of title to a vehicle. When you're required to receive a car inspection depends on your state.

Why might my vehicle fail the test?

Failing a car inspection may be due to a variety of reasons. Below are common ways people fail a vehicle inspection:

  • Air to fuel mixture may be incorrect.
  • Vacuum leak present.
  • Ignition timing may be incorrect.
  • One or more worn, damaged, or fouled spark plugs are present.
  • Clogged air filters.
  • Defective catalytic converters.
  • Dirty engine oil.
  • Broken oxygen sensors.

Will turning off the airbag light help?

Turning off the airbag light won't help, it's just masking the problem. That light is on for a reason. If you turn the light off without resolving the issue, it may not deploy the airbags during an accident. If your airbags are not functional in a crash, it may cause death or serious injuries.

Avoid this risk entirely; have a mechanic look at your car. Most reasons an airbag light turns on are easy, inexpensive fixes that are worth the time considering the possible consequences.

Don't mask the problem—get your car fixed, now!

Problems with your car are capable of quickly becoming very serious. Don't waste time, get your car fixed asap. Replacing or repairing some aspects of your vehicle is costly. However, sitting on the problem is not just dangerous but as more damage is acquired, the more expensive it becomes to repair.

Small issues that you could've had fixed for less than $100, may snowball into more expensive and serious issues. It's important to nip any issues in the bud.

Does my insurance pay for maintenance and repairs?

Most insurers won't pay for regular repairs and maintenance however, some policies include roadside assistance. If you're vehicle breaks down, you'll be towed to a mechanic for repairs.

It's important to have comprehensive and collision insurance. While normal repairs aren't covered, damage or repairs in the case of an accident or weather-related event IS covered.

Can you get a car inspection without insurance?

Most states require insurance to even get an inspection, and they certainly require it to put your car on the road! If your current policy is lacking the coverage you need, we can help you find the right insurance provider.

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