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SERVICE AIRBAG driver info alert. "It could be many things". What sh'd I expect?

(2003 Pontiac Bonneville)
in Holyoke, MA on July 19, 2012
The alert came on a few weeks ago. My mechanic friend says "It could be many things" and referred me to his pal's shop who has a tester and can repair. What is the range of costs I might expect to see? Are there any typical scams?
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of Greg's Orange Auto on July 19, 2012
have the codes read and post so we can adv
on July 19, 2012
OK thanks, that's totally logical. But it probably doesn't really fit my situation. The guy with the code reader is quite a ways from me and is likely to say he can fix the problem that day. If he says he has to order parts, to come back, I'll get the codes and post.

OK NOW, several weeks later, August 10th... had 2 appointments with a guy with a scanner. First one he put off a week, second one he didn't show for. No more business with him. Dropped the ball for a while, now back on it. Anyone with a scanner wants $100 just to diagnose. Trying to avoid GM dealer to avoid costly OEM parts.

But here's an IMPORTANT QUESTION. I was telling a non-mechanic buddy that at least I wasn't in a hurry, even November would be OK. He said he's be worried about the bags tripping and deploying, and that he'd PULL THE FUSES until it's fixed. Any opinions? What fuses?
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