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adaseb 02-04-2008 08:29 PM

Having Airbag Problems (Drivers Side)
Basically about a year ago I got an airbag light. So bought the reset tool and clear it. It was "Firing Circuit, Driver Airbag, Stage 2".

Then a couple weeks ago it went on again. This time it got

"Firing Circuit, Driver Airbag, Stage 1".
"Firing Circuit, Driver Airbag, Stage 2"

I cleared it and it came back the next day.

So I took the airbag out to look for loose connections and all looked fine.

So anyone got a clue to what can be causing this?

A picture of my airbag is (back side)

and my airbag looks like (not my car)

I found an auction on eBay with my exact airbag


However I dont know if i'll work. Because I heard some airbags are stage 1 or stage 2, and they look exactly the same.

Any input?

mistrzmiasta 02-04-2008 08:44 PM

I would find out before purchasing it if its compatible with your car....airbags WILL save your life in an accident so don't risk it....dealer will tell you what you have according to your vin...

adaseb 02-08-2008 10:39 AM


adaseb 02-10-2008 02:58 PM

... another bump

adaseb 02-12-2008 02:37 PM

I am surprised there is noone else who is having this problem.

mechanic_101 02-12-2008 03:45 PM

Always disconnect the battery when working around airbag. New vehicles, they likely have 2 stage airbag system which is the airbag deployed twice to reduce the force of the first deployment. Locate the airbag module and check the resistance between the connectors at the module to the steering wheel connector. Check for any signs of any corrosion. Check the stage 1 and 2 micro connectors at the airbag. You can rent a load tool and plug into the connector at the steering wheel. If the airbag light turns off, then you have a bad airbag. If remains on, then something is wrong with your wiring from the module to the bag. Again, make sure battery is disconnected when working around airbag.

Note: a load tool is used to simulate the airbag for preventing inadvertent deployment.

Ted13B 02-12-2008 05:19 PM

Also, never check resistance with the airbag connected. A mulimeter puts out enough voltage to trigger the bag.

adaseb 01-21-2009 07:41 PM

I am bumping this topic but again after almost 11 months the light came on again. Anyone had a similar issue?

JK1150 01-21-2009 07:49 PM

never seen a wheel like that without radio/cruise controls in an e46. I see it's a euro though, interesting to see though.

rays330ci 01-21-2009 08:34 PM

Where can I get a load tool? Mines will not reset also.

timheidi 06-17-2011 01:26 AM

I have the EXACT same problem
I also have the codes "firing circuit, driver airbag, stage 1" and "firing circuit. driver airbag, stage 2", and find other problems will start to arise ie "check brake light" indicator light when brake lights are fine, horn will stop honking, steering wheel adjuster will move on its own . . .

iyad0 06-02-2013 11:50 PM

i have the same prob. you need to change that air bag and rest the light that's the only way to stay safe

NumbaOneNewb 06-03-2013 12:01 AM

Re: Having Airbag Problems (Drivers Side)
Well you shouldnt have wasted your money on that airbag reset tool. Now I recommend using pa soft bmw scanner. That can do a lot more than that tool you have. Recently my buddy was in a collision. Everybody he met told him that the airbag light cant be resetted. They kept telling him it was hard coded into the module and a new module was needed. Once connected it took me 2 seconds. Give that tool a shot. Worst case if it cant help you it'll be useful for other things

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