I understand the premise behind the passenger air bag deactivating when a small passenger is in the front seat. However, when my wife is in that seat the light comes on and goes off sporadically.
The Suzuki dealer says that it is designed to deactivate for passengers under 140 lbs.
That sounds like hogwash. First of all, she is about 115 so it should be on all the time if they are right.
I think that the sensor is probably set for around 85 and it is off calibration a bit.
Anyone else seeing this problem?
I haven't had any problem yet, wife weighs about 125 lb. If you haven't read the owner's manual, take a look because I remember reading something about it in there, just can't remember the details right now.
I did look at it and no where does it mention a weight. It says if a adult size person is in the seat and the light comes on it might be because they are not sitting properly in the seat.
It usually comes on right away and she will then kind of pull herself up and plop back down at it goes out and stays out.
I think the sensor is bad but the dealer is being a jerk.
I think you are probably right. I'm pretty sure the manual also had a warning that stuffing cargo under the seat is a no-no, but you probably already knew that. I haven't driven mine for awhile, but will definitely let you know if we see anything similar. We will be visiting our teenage grandaughter soon and may take her for a ride to see if the warning light does anything out of the ordinary. Good luck with it!
Call American Suzuki and complain, get a case number and make them fix it.
They agreed to replace the bottom seat cushion for me. It is on order. Probably be here by this time next year.
Point out to Suzuki that the manual says the light should go out for a "adult size person". If you were in an accident and the light was on and the bag didn't deploy, Suzuki would be at risk for a lawsuit.
From Suzuki Technical Services: Note that these weight specs are for Forenza/Reno, I have not found specs for the SX4 yet...
The passenger sensing system is designed to turn OFF the right front passenger’s
frontal air bag and side air bag when the weight on the front seat is 25.6 kg (56.4
lbs) or less. The air bag should be turned OFF and the “Passenger Air Bag Off”
light should be ON in the following situations.
• The right front passenger seat is unoccupied.
• The system determines that an infant or a small child is present in the right front
• A right front passenger takes his/her weight off of the seat for a period of time. NOTE:
If a person of adult-size is sitting in the right front passenger’s seat, but the
“Passenger Air Bag Off” indicator is ON, it could be because that person is not
sitting properly in the seat.
The passenger airbag light does this to my car too sometimes - when I have a package sitting on it was expected BUT when my wife is in it too? This is unreal - she has to shift around a bit to make it go out. I wonder what would happen in an accident - the passenger gets slid around a bit and deactivates it and then the bag will not deploy when needed.
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