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2012 Service Airbag Sensor

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I am a proud Volt and Bolt owner, but recently have had an issue with my Volt. The service airbag light is on, and the dealership says that it is the passenger side seat 'passenger presence module' that needs to be replaced, at a cost of over $800. The car is a 2012 with 65k miles, so is out of warranty, but I just find it really disappointing that this kind of manufacturer issue is not covered by the manufacturer through a recall or factory warranty. This isn't an issue of routine maintenance, and the car has never been in an accident, so it just does not seem like something I should have to pay $800 for. I used to only drive Prius' and Insights, and never had any such issue with my Honda's or Toyota's. I am new to Chevy as of this year with my new bolt and used volt, and am definitely disappointed if this is the level of manufacturer quality I can expect from now on. Has any one else had a similar problem with their first gen volt, and had any luck resolving it? Thanks!
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This has been happening to my MY13 volt for about 6-8 months now. Occasionally I will get the warning ding, then the airbag light will illuminate for a few minutes, then go out again. It used to happen infrequently, but is becoming more common as time goes on. Finally went in to get it serviced today, and was quoted >$1000 for the repair. The dealership blamed it on the seat getting wet (which has never happened) or me placing my 10lb laptop backpack on the seat all the time and breaking it. He also explained why the repair is so expensive. They have to replace the entire seat cushion since the sensor is embedded in the seat, and then there is a substantial calibration process to make sure the sensor triggers at the proper weights.
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