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2012 Service airbag alert?

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Service airbag alert

I’ve been getting intermittent “Service airbag” alerts on my 2013 Volt. I get a console message as well as the red error light to the left of the console. The third time in the shop the mechanic diagnosed it as a faulty sensor. The mechanics have been able to make the alert go away for 2 – 3 months at a time. (The fault in the sensor seems to be related to temperature. The alert hasn’t appeared since the arrival of cooler weather here in Tucson.)

I’ve been told that when the red light is on the air bag will NOT deploy – also (I believe?) that the alert was for the driver not the passenger side airbag. It will apparently cost around $200 to replace the faulty sensor if I don’t want to experience any more intermittent problems.

1. even though the car is well out of warranty, is this a warranty / safety issue GM should fix?
2. since it is intermittent how important is it to get repaired, both for my sake and any passengers?
3. Anyone else had this problem?
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1. No - sensors are typically not covered past the B2B warranty period unless it's part of a safety recall.

2. Up to you but if it was me, I'd definitely pay the money for the piece of mind. Also depending on your state, you car may not pass inspection with an airbag light on.

3. I'm sure others have had this happen.
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