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    does anyone know anythin about the ecu that deals with the air bags. because after the body shop was finished with it. the air bag light was on so a got told it just needed reset because the had the seats out to dry them. but now am gettin told the full thing needs changed. and ave to foot the bill if a had an air bag light on before the car went in a wouldnt a cared. but a think it looks like its down to them any ideas?

    the car had flood damage a few weeks ago

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    Marty, it's down to them, they prob took the seat wiring looms out while the battery was still connected...that would write a 'crash' code to the airbag controller...

    They can be reset at VX.. they just erase any 'crash' data and re-arm the system..AND if VX won't do it, i know of a 3rd party firm who will.. they are in wales and do a mail order service on your airbag controller..

    BUT.. it does seem to be the bodyshops fault thou.. there's too much technology in the seats these days to just undo the bolts and pull them out..

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    Sounds like the air bags have been shorted by the water, I would suggest contacting your insureance company as it really is part of the initial claim.

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    could be Robbie, but he said the light has only come on since the car went in to be worked on, it wasn't lit after it had a bath....

    so it must have happened in their care..???

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    do yous know where this ecu is in the car is it in the engine bay? or is it one of them black boxs under the seat

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    The airbag control unit is inside the car... underneath the centre cupholders.. you need to remove that centre console, prise up the matting underneath and there it is... you cannot just swap another one in thou, it will need tech2'ing to the car..

    so if the interior was submerged by about a foot of water inside then yes, it could have flooded the control unit, but if it went in working, then it sounds like their fault to me..

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    thanks mate i'll look in to it

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    It also suggests to me that there is possibly an existing fault in the system.
    On the Vec B it did indeed require a tech2 to reset it if there had been a break in the circuit.
    This is not the case on the Vec C, if the circuit is broken, and then corrected, the system resets itself.
    Trust me, no one was more surprised than me to find this out when the ignition got accidentally turned on while my airbag was disconnected.
    The light on the dash duly came on, but went out again all on its own, with out any dealer visits, when everything was plugged back in.
    By the way, if YOU are going to work on the airbag system, disconnect the battery and wait at least 15minutes for it to discharge before starting work.

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    marty i think you should chop the veccy in for a submarine hee hee then water wouldnae be a problem lol

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    You guys know more about this than I, but aren't the seat belt pre tensioners connected to the same system? They were in my pug. I had an airbag light come up on the pug, traced it to the fact that I hadn't connected the plug back under the seat when I had them out.

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