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Driver airbag light is coming on and staying on. What are the possible causes?

(2004 Honda Accord)
in Palm Desert, CA on September 08, 2012
I understand the car needs to be hooked up to a machine to get codes and other electronic diagnostics. I have gotten estimates for this alone ranging from $65 to $210. Repairs additional. Possible causes mentioned have been clockspring (wiring in airbag itself) and switch in seatbelt buckle. More info welcome. As a woman, it is important to go in knowing a lot in order to not be taken advantage of. Should I stick with a Honda dealer for this or would any reliable mechanic be able to fix this? Thanks.
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on September 09, 2012
Most common item is drivers seat belt buckle switch(code 09-3 & pass. side buckle code 09-4). NOT warranty anymore , but you are still better off at dealer for SRS system repairs.(your life)
on September 09, 2012
Thank you! You know there was a recall because "the wiring harness for the seat position sensor was attached to the wrong place on the seat frame and may have been overtightened. If the wire breaks, it may cause the SPS to fail and the air bag warning light to illuminate..." Even though I did bring in my car to have this fixed, is it possible it wasn't fixed properly? Also, if it is the seat belt buckle switch, do you have any idea what a repair like that should cost? Thanks again.
on September 10, 2012
on September 10, 2012
Just wanted to let you know that is WAS the seat belt buckle switch but this is covered by Honda for the life of the car. I took the car to a Honda dealer and there was no charge!
on September 12, 2012
Good deal! Our warranty clerk just informed us a few weeks ago that honda was no longer covering them under warranty , since it was an 'extension' , not a 'recall'. Now our dealership charges for it. Glad you didn't have to shell out the bucks. Thanks for responding.
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