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Airbag Light Due to Problematic Center Airbag Sensor on Toyota Highlander

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 123,364 (27,000–233,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, more2006, 2008
33 people reported this problem
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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.
Light is on all the time
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.
Airbag light stayss on when car starts after sitting outside overnight at 20 degrees.
airbag light stays on
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.
Airbag light won't go off after the car warms up if it's extremely cold.
airbag sensor is blinking on an extremely cold morning (-5 degrees)
At temps around 35F & lower, check SRS airbag system message. Dealer won't acknowledge or fix.
My airbag light flashes but only on really cold mornings
Air bag light flashing
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.
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.
When it's cold (<20 F my airbag light remains on. After it warms up and I shut off then restart it is fine.
This the first time the airbag light stayed on while i was driving, temp was 10 degrees never went off.
Air bag light on extremely cold temprature
Air bag light coming in sparatically
Woke up this morning to 19 degree weather and airbag light flashing. I've never seen this happen before.