Airbag light on due to faulty side airbag module on Mitsubishi Eclipse

One or both side airbag modules may fail resulting in illumination of the airbag warning light. Side airbag modules determined to be faulty should be replaced.

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Average mileage: 118,500 (50,000–170,000)
4 model years affected: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
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2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse 50,000 mi,
My SRS light came on after I got in a wreck at 50mph and non of my airbags deployed and now it's up to me to get the money to fix it!
2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse 135,000 mi,
Airbag light is on and I've done nothing to date.
SRS warning light comes on, but MOSTLY goes out when I move the driver's seat forward/backward electrically. I have had this problem for some time. I have just recently learned from a Mitsubishi dealer that if this light illuminates, ALL AIRBAGS ARE INOPERATIVE. Apparently, the SIDE AIRBAG MODULE [ inserted in/near driver's seat ] controls the successful operation of ALL AIRBAGS [ in front of passenger & side airbag, steering wheel airbag & side airbag ]. Today, the mitsubishi dealer's mechanic cleaned the electical contacts under the driver's seat and the SRS light is no longer evident on the panel. However, their diagnosis/fix is that if the SRS warning light comes on again, then the SIDE AIRBAG MODULE needs to be replaced [ about AU$1000.00 + ]. Obviously a DESIGN FAULT when a faulty SIDE AIRBAG MODULE can disable those airbags pertinent to a "head-on" collision [ front of passenger/steering wheel ]. Nev Duus Tewantin nevduus@yahoo.com.au