How to reset the srs warning light

SRS stands for supplemental restraint system. Also known as the airbags, the SRS is an integral part of your car's safety system. The SRS light is designed to illuminate when the airbags are not functioning properly. However, it can be a false warning. The light can be triggered by a minor fender bender that isn't strong enough to deploy the airbags or by water or dirt that have corrupted the sensors. If you determine the airbags are operating properly, the SRS light should be reset so it can provide a meaningful warning.

Have the airbags checked by a qualified professional. Simply turning off the light may leave the occupants of the car unprotected if airbags are not functioning properly. Once the airbags are deemed safe, the SRS light can be addressed.

Turn off the car engine.

Locate the SRS service connector, which is in different places depending on the model of the car. Refer to the owner's manual for the exact location. Usually the SRS service connector is located in the fuse box beneath the steering wheel. Unplug the connector from the box. The plug has two metal connectors.

Obtain a six-inch piece of insulated wire, as recommended by the DIY Honda website. Cut the wire in half. Strip the insulation off the ends if necessary.

Insert a wire into each of the connectors of the plug. Holding the insulated portion of the wire, touch the two free ends together.

Turn on the car engine. Wait for the SRS light to turn off.

Separate the two wires. The SRS light should turn back on. Immediately touch the two wires together again. The light should turn off again.

Remove the wires from the plug. The SRS light should blink twice to show that it has been reset. The warning light should turn off.

Turn the ignition off. Allow the car to rest for 10 seconds.

Turn the ignition on. The SRS warning light should turn off after a few seconds.


The DYI Honda and Team-Integra websites suggest two paper clips can be used instead of insulated wire. Because the process requires the plug to be connected to a power source, however, it may be safer to use insulated copper wire. Handle the wire where the plastic insulation is intact.

Things You'll Need

  • Insulated wire, 6 inches
  • Wire cutter
  • Wire stripper (optional)
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Based in Nashville, Shellie Braeuner has been writing articles since 1986 on topics including child rearing, entertainment, politics and home improvement. Her work has appeared in "The Tennessean" and "Borderlines" as well as a book from Simon & Schuster. Braeuner holds a Master of Education in developmental counseling from Vanderbilt University.