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Old 07-31-2017, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default Airbag light from jdm seats

I've done a ton of research so I have some background info already... I bought a used 06 sti with swapped JDM seats in it, airbag light is on.

I've installed 3.3ohm resistors in the connector. Airbag light still on. I did more research and found out some people say the occupant detection system/bladder from the passenger usdm seat needs to be hooked up and installed to the Jdm seat in order to turn the airbag light off..(only found a few threads but not a lot of info)

Is that true?
If so any way around it without having that system/bladder installed?
I need the airbag light to be off for state inspection in MA

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Old 07-31-2017, 08:54 PM   #2
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The dodgy way would be just to disconnect the light!
I have found something that said that the ECU might need to be reset, as the computer may still see the airbag as unplugged.
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Old 08-01-2017, 03:34 AM   #3
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Did you get the 3.3 ohm and not the 3.3k ohm? (Hint: if you bought the resistor at radio shack it's probably the wrong one, I don't think they sell 3.3). If it's the correct resistor then it is most likely operator error.

Post up some pics of how you have the resistor installed.
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Old 08-01-2017, 07:14 AM   #4
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I tested the resistors with an ohmmeter and it read 3.7 ohms even though I purchased 3.3 ohms... can that half an ohm be the difference?

I'm pretty sure it's installed correctly because i soldered the resistor onto GM terminal pins (fits pretty snugly) and shoved it into the connectors.

So will that occupant detection/bladder being missing from th JDM seat cause the airbag to be on or no?

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Old 08-02-2017, 11:25 AM   #5
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Bump... I'm sure I'm not the only person with an 06/07 w/jdm seats!!!!
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Old 08-02-2017, 02:29 PM   #6
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Default Airbag light from jdm seats

Yes. The missing passenger occupant bladder unit is certainly causing the light. There may be other issues triggering the light but work through the bladder first.

The bladder unit is not separately serviceable. It also requires seat disassembly to remove and install it. So you have to get one from another seat (salvage yard). I also read that there were some simulators geared for BMWs. I have NO idea if those would work with the Subaru module though.
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Old 08-02-2017, 02:31 PM   #7
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A 2006-07 base model Impreza will also have that sensor and is pretty cheap at the salvage yard.
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