Airbag Light Due to Problematic Center Airbag Sensor on Toyota Highlander

A problematic center airbag sensor can cause the airbag malfunction light to illuminate.

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Average mileage: 123,364 (27,000–233,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, more2006, 2008
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2003 Toyota Highlander 105,000 mi,
air bag light goes on during very cold spells. when temperature rises, light turns off
Still looking for a correction although the dealer admits it is a known problem. There claim at the time was that there was NO recorded "code" to tell them exactly what it was!? At the time, we had extended warranty coverage. It happens every cold spell--about 10 degrees F and lower. It lasts about 1/2 hour and then the light finally shuts off. They won't say definitively whether we are in danger, or not, while the light is flashing.
2003 Toyota Highlander 84,000 mi,
Same problem. Under extremely cold (5 degrees F and below, the airbag light will come on and blink while the car is running. Drive for 15 or 20 minutes, turn the car off, restart it, and the light will go out.
2002 Toyota Highlander 80,449 mi,
Airbag light stayss on when car starts after sitting outside overnight at 20 degrees.
2008 Toyota Highlander 97,000 mi,
airbag light stays on
2002 Toyota Highlander 88,000 mi,
Exact same problem. Happens when its cold. Never happened in summer.
I have the same problem air bag light flashes then goes off when it gets warm out.
2003 Toyota Highlander 94,000 mi,
Airbag light won't go off after the car warms up if it's extremely cold.
2003 Toyota Highlander 133,506 mi,
airbag sensor is blinking on an extremely cold morning (-5 degrees)
2008 Toyota Highlander 27,000 mi,
At temps around 35F & lower, check SRS airbag system message. Dealer won't acknowledge or fix.
2001 Toyota Highlander 166,830 mi,
My airbag light flashes but only on really cold mornings
2006 Toyota Highlander 149,000 mi,
Air bag light flashing
2001 Toyota Highlander 233,000 mi,
Left car outside garage last night for the first time in very cold weather; overnight temps dropped to 10 degrees. This is first time the SRS light has come on. It kept blinking while driving.
2003 Toyota Highlander 195,000 mi,
The light comes on and stays on when winter season starts and temperatures start to drop to 50s and 40s and stays on. It is off during summer time.
2002 Toyota Highlander 121,000 mi,
When it's cold (<20 F my airbag light remains on. After it warms up and I shut off then restart it is fine.
2001 Toyota Highlander 204,236 mi,
This the first time the airbag light stayed on while i was driving, temp was 10 degrees never went off.
2003 Toyota Highlander 171,000 mi,
Air bag light on extremely cold temprature
2001 Toyota Highlander 148,000 mi,
Air bag light coming in sparatically
2003 Toyota Highlander 175,000 mi,
Woke up this morning to 19 degree weather and airbag light flashing. I've never seen this happen before.