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my 1994 has a blinking airbag light. Does this mean it could deploy without warning or not deploy in an accident?

Also, anyone know the cause and how to fix?
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I don't know what could cause the Airbags light to flash, but I think when it is flashing it means the system is deactivated and wont deploy in an accident.

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The Air Bag light in my 94 Taurus started blinking a few days ago. It blinks 1 time, has a long pause (3 or 4 seconds), blinks 1 time has a short pause (half a second or so), then blinks 1 time with a short pause. Then the cycle repeats. Light, long pause, light short pause, light short pause. Does this indicate an Air Bag code 12? or 21? Can I fix it without paying somebody $200 - $300? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Air bags? We don't need no stinking airbags! :D

I highly doubt that any blinking light would mean the airbag would deploy on it's own. I'm almost positive that they have fail safes on the system that prevent deployment if something fails. That does mean that it won't deploy in an accident.

One of the shorter pauses should be longer than the others, but shorter than the really long pause (if that makes sense). The long pause (5 seconds) is the pause between cycles. The medium pause is the pause between digits in the code.

Since it's the airbag system, you should probably call around and get estimates for diagnosing the airbag system and reparing it. Depending on what is bad, you may want to have them replace it.
 

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Code 12 - Low battery voltage.

Have you ever had a dead or near dead battery in the recent past? If you have, then there's your answer. If not, then you may have an issue with your charging system or even more unlikely, a wiring fault somewhere in the Airbag power circuit.
Disconnect your battery for at least 45 minutes, and then reconnect it. This should clear any of the airbag DTC's. If the light comes on again, with the same code. then it may be a charging issue, and so on.
Good luck with that! :thumb:
 

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Originally posted by Racer X@May 18 2004, 06:06 PM
Code 12 - Low battery voltage.

Have you ever had a dead or near dead battery in the recent past?  If you have, then there's your answer.  If not, then you may have an issue with your charging system or even more unlikely, a wiring fault somewhere in the Airbag power circuit.
Disconnect your battery for at least 45 minutes, and then reconnect it.  This should clear any of the airbag DTC's.  If the light comes on again, with the same code. then it may be a charging issue, and so on.
Good luck with that!  :thumb:
Just to give creedence to this, my airbag light has been flashing in a pattern for as long as I can remember. Replaced the batter a couple of months ago but it came back. Took my car in to a shop and they said I had a bad alternator. I'm just too cheap to get it replaced so I have no way of knowing if the light will go away once it is. It's a possibility though. :thumb:
 

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Found this in the archives. It might be of some assistance.

Originally posted by Calvin@September 30 2003, 02:24 PM
A flashing airbag light can mean one of two things. The first possibility is that your battery is in death throes. Have it tested at your local auto parts store. The second possibility is that there is an actual problem with the airbag system. Below is a list of airbag codes, which will flash on the warning light. For example, the light will flash once, pause and then flash twice == 12.


12=Low Battery Voltage
13=Air Bag Circuit Shorted to Ground
14=Primary Crash Sensor Circuit Shorted to Ground
21=Safing Sensor Not Mounted to Vehicle Properly
22=Safing Sensor Output Shorted to Battery Voltage
23=Safing Sensor Circuit Input Feed/Return Circuit Open
24=Safing Sensor Output Feed/Return Circuit Open
32=Driver Side Air Bag Circuit High Resistance or Open
33=Passenger Side Air Bag Circuit High Resistance or Open
34=Driver Side Air Bag Circuit Low Resistance or Shorted
35=Passenger Side Air Bag Circuit Low Resistance or Shorted
41=RH Primary Crash Sensor Feed/Return Circuit Open
42=LH Primary Crash Sensor Feed/Return Circuit Open
44=RH Primary Crash Sensor Not Mounted to Vehicle Properly
45=LH Primary Crash Sensor Not Mounted to Vehicle Properly
51=Air Bag Diagnostic Monitor Internal Thermal FuseFuse Blown Due to Intermittent Short to Ground
52=Backup Power SupplyVoltage Boost Fault
53=Primary Crash Sensor Circuits Resistance to Ground or Air Bag Diagnostic Fault


When the airbag light is flashing, the computer sees a problem in the system and the airbag will not deploy.
 

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My 94 GL wagon has a similar flashing light. 5 flashes, 4-5 times. Mechanic said it related to the steering wheel problem (sounds like a piece of paper is in the wheel area, you can hear it when turning). No way the bag will inflate, but it might need replacing eventually was his theory. It seems to come on every 3k miles, like a good idiot light I tend to ignore it.
 

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Originally posted by Xee+May 18 2004, 08:04 PM--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Xee @ May 18 2004, 08:04 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> Found this in the archives. It might be of some assistance.

<!--QuoteBegin-Calvin
@September 30 2003, 02:24 PM
A flashing airbag light can mean one of two things. The first possibility is that your battery is in death throes. Have it tested at your local auto parts store. The second possibility is that there is an actual problem with the airbag system. Below is a list of airbag codes, which will flash on the warning light. For example, the light will flash once, pause and then flash twice == 12.


12=Low Battery Voltage
13=Air Bag Circuit Shorted to Ground
14=Primary Crash Sensor Circuit Shorted to Ground
21=Safing Sensor Not Mounted to Vehicle Properly
22=Safing Sensor Output Shorted to Battery Voltage
23=Safing Sensor Circuit Input Feed/Return Circuit Open
24=Safing Sensor Output Feed/Return Circuit Open
32=Driver Side Air Bag Circuit High Resistance or Open
33=Passenger Side Air Bag Circuit High Resistance or Open
34=Driver Side Air Bag Circuit Low Resistance or Shorted
35=Passenger Side Air Bag Circuit Low Resistance or Shorted
41=RH Primary Crash Sensor Feed/Return Circuit Open
42=LH Primary Crash Sensor Feed/Return Circuit Open
44=RH Primary Crash Sensor Not Mounted to Vehicle Properly
45=LH Primary Crash Sensor Not Mounted to Vehicle Properly
51=Air Bag Diagnostic Monitor Internal Thermal FuseFuse Blown Due to Intermittent Short to Ground
52=Backup Power SupplyVoltage Boost Fault
53=Primary Crash Sensor Circuits Resistance to Ground or Air Bag Diagnostic Fault


When the airbag light is flashing, the computer sees a problem in the system and the airbag will not deploy.
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This kind of stuff is very helpful. My hats off to the person who got it on the page the first time around, and you for bringing it out for us to see easily again. :D
 

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WOW THIS IS WEIRD
my airbag light started doing this 2 weeks ago.
and it would like 2 times then stop and blink agian.
i also have a 92 tarus,
but the bag will not come out while driveing.
 

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My Air bag light shows or blinks the code 12. My battery and alt are good (says Murrays auto).
 

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My 1990 Taurus (3.0L, 207k km) did this for a while in December. It seemed I was getting all sorts of different codes, but then again, I didn't want to sit there counting blinks while driving down the highway. Before I had a chance to get it in to a garage, the blinking stopped on its own, and hasn't recurred since. Then again, this car has many intermittent electrical issues that usually crop up in damp or cold weather.

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