Where is the airbag control module and how do I reset it (hard code erase) on 2002 Kia Rio

I am told this can be reset and the hard codes (accident data) erased. I have a light on and dealer cannot shut it off as they cant communicate with the module. I did not own the car when it had an accident. Suggestions?? Dont want to pull the light and wont pay ridiculous price for new module.

by in Lansing, MI on November 22, 2009
2 answers 8 comments
ANSWER by on November 22, 2009
You have no choice you have to replace module.
1 person likes thisFlag inappropiate
COMMENT by on November 22, 2009
myairbags.com says different. Opinion?
COMMENT by on November 22, 2009
Where is it located?
COMMENT by on November 22, 2009
Under front center floor console. It is called an Air Bag Diagnostic Unit. I can't beleive the dealer hasn't told you that it has to be replaced. That's one of the unfortunate problems in buying a Kia. what you don't pay for up front for you will pay for when you need it repaired or have to buy parts.
COMMENT by on November 22, 2009
So under the cowling where the e brake is, etc? Is there not a reset switch or hole to use a paper clip on etc?
COMMENT by on November 22, 2009
Center of the dash, forwrd of the center console. No there is no reset.
COMMENT by on November 22, 2009
bliell, I want to stress how important you supplemental restraint system is. My 85 year old mother owned a 2005 Scion XB. October 11 she was involved in a accident. If she did not have air bags she would not be here. The car was a total loss. She walked away. HOW MUCH IS YOUR LIFE WORTH! At least the cost of a module, right.
COMMENT by on November 23, 2009
I have removed the control unit and I am looking for a new one. I am still thinking of having it reset at myairbags.com. Suggestions?
COMMENT by on November 23, 2009
If you can reset it and it works I'd like to know if you can please.
ANSWER by on July 04, 2012
there is a recall on certain kia rio's 2002-2008. if yours is one you should receive something in the mail this month dont touch it until you get a letter from kia.