Airbag Warning Light Illuminated on Mazda Mazda3

Damaged wiring to the seat belt pre-tensioner sensor may cause the Airbag Warning Light to illuminate.

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Average mileage: 111,348 (48,000–214,000)
7 model years affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2008, 2011, 2013
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Airbag warning light won't go off even if you put the seatbelt on and stays on all the time on passenger side. Looking for someone who knows how to fix this on the cheap
2007 Mazda Mazda3 82,000 mi,
Airbag light on instrument panel stayed on constantly. Read forums on the internet and found that the bulb in the dash for the passenger airbag light had blown, replaced bulb, airbag light on instrument panel went out. $6 fix!!!
2007 Mazda Mazda3 48,000 mi,
Air bag ,warning light will turn on for periods of a few days then go off.
2006 Mazda Mazda3 91,500 mi,
This is the second time my car has had this problem in the last two years. When it airbag warning light illuminated stayed on, i took it to the madza dealer and they told me it was warranted and repaired it at no charge. They found that the spring had slipped off sensor. Now again the light has came on and i do not understand how a safety feature came just malfunction so easily without any damage to it and i fear that the bag may open on me. I no longer had any warranty on my car and feel that with a safety issue like this it should not malfunction without a cause and should have to be covered at no charge even after the car warranty has expired.
2004 Mazda Mazda3 145,000 mi,
Airbag light on dashboard
2011 Mazda Mazda3 100,000 mi,
passenger air bag stays off even with someone in the seat
2005 Mazda Mazda3 112,000 mi,
Airbag light comes on when starting, as usual, then goes off and comes back on right away. Stays lit.
2013 Mazda Mazda3 56,000 mi,
Airbag light flashing
2005 Mazda Mazda3 70,000 mi,
The light illuminated around the time the driver's side seat belt mechanism failed. When the car is turned initially wont come on, after a couple of minutes it turns on.
The airbag light came on 4 years ago . I took it to dealer , they charged 300 for diagnostics and then about 400 for repair. It was ok for 6 months and after the warranty of their repair was over the light came back on :-( .i hadto spend about 300 $ again to repair it. Now it's back on, and I haven't bothered to repair it
2006 Mazda Mazda3 214,000 mi,
Passenger airbag light comes on for approx. 5 seconds then goes out like normal as if someone was sitting in the seat, then the airbag light in the dash cluster comes on and stays on. No flashing just steady light. Not fixed yet. Looking for ideas
2005 Mazda Mazda3 130,000 mi,
Same problem. Also the passenger airbag light behind the gear shift comes on randomly. Even when there is no weight on the passenger seat.
2007 Mazda Mazda3 126,000 mi,
for a while horn didn't work - now passenger airbag light is on all the time
2007 Mazda Mazda3 125,000 mi,
the dealership service dept noted that the airbag is functional but the light itself is the problem. we decided to just let it stay that way.
2008 Mazda Mazda3 109,000 mi,
Airbag light came on, unsure what is wrong
2006 Mazda Mazda3 103,000 mi,
Passenger airbag light illuminated
2008 Mazda Mazda3 88,000 mi,
Airbag warning light in the dash cluster came on and stays on.
2011 Mazda Mazda3 71,300 mi,
Passenger airbag light ON. Shows code 16 on dashboard.
2008 Mazda Mazda3 102,450 mi,
Airbag light will not go off.
2004 Mazda Mazda3 114,000 mi,
Passenger occupancy sensor shorted out, in turn shorting out the main airbag control unit. Total cost $1300