Dec 24

Reset Airbag Sensor light on Nissan Pathfinder

Recently my Nissan Pathfinder started flashing an airbag warning light for no apparent reason. My SUV is only 2 years old so it pained me to have to bring it in for diagnostics. Last time I brought my Nissan in to “check” something, I ended up with a new steering column, out of alignment, and new rear suspension parts. Don’t ask. Anyway, I found a really quick way to reset the alerts on your console. This only works unless there is really no problem and something just tripped the sensors.

Turn on the key to the Accessory position (don’t start), the airbag alert will display solid for 4 seconds or so, then start to flash. Immediately when the light starts to flash, turn the key back off.

Wait for 5 full seconds and then repeat the process at least 3 times.

On til flash, then off (wait 5) then back on.

Once this has been done 3 times, your alerts should be reset. If there is a real problem as in a partial deploy of your airbags, the alert will continue.

Hope this helps someone!!!


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    • tedw on December 26, 2008 at 4:40 pm
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    Wow neat stuff you saved me a lot of money. TED W

    • Lori Navares on November 14, 2014 at 6:46 pm
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    Thank you!!! It totally worked! Saved us money and having to change the sensor.

    • JamesB on July 18, 2015 at 3:22 pm
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    Brilliant. This cleared the fault on my XTrail. Cheers for posting.

    • Diego Cruz on August 20, 2015 at 4:49 pm
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    It works perfect. Thanks

    • Dimas Fragosa Jr on October 15, 2015 at 1:06 pm
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    Recently I noticed that my airbag sensor light was flashing. I checked this website and found a reset procedure. It was by Mr. Malpass. I attempted this procedure but had no positive result. Should I take my vehicle in for diagnostic check of the system? And if so to the Nissan Dealer, Western Auto, or the neighborhood electromechanic.

      • 4wd Chickie on December 17, 2015 at 8:20 pm
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      Hi, just responding to your post..
      First try doing it 4-5times (mine took 4goes)…then turn off and start if light does go away then start googling repairer.

    • 4wd Chickie on December 17, 2015 at 8:18 pm
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    Hi, thanks so much for this post.
    (I was quoted $500 just to test it, over $1000 to fix) Google+reset=priceless

    • Nyi on January 2, 2016 at 5:32 am
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    My nissan clipper 2010 ,
    Airbag warning light is solid, not flash at all.
    How can I solve for this , please.

    1. Try my recipe, if that doesn’t work, i would take it to your local mechanic or (shudder) dealer

    • Heather on June 5, 2016 at 9:50 am
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    Great tip, worked a treat.
    Saved a couple of $€’s with that.
    Thanks for sharing.

  1. I tried your procedure this morning and it works. The dealership quote me $180 dollars just to run a diagnostic. Thank you so much, this save me money.

    1. Glad to help!

    • Tim on August 21, 2016 at 3:52 pm
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    Worked for me on my 08 Pathfinder

    • Aaron on September 1, 2016 at 9:01 pm
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    Just did this in a 2011pathfinder. Thanks

    • Mellie on November 28, 2016 at 9:43 pm
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    All these years after your original post, and you’ve saved me a visit to the dealership! My 2008 Pathfinder and I thank you, Dave Malpass!! 😀 Cheers!

    • Quantum of Solace on February 3, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    2006 Nissan Pathfinder Diesel.
    Airbag symbol kept flashing and engine and other dash lights on when driving.
    Tried to reset it with an OBD11 code reader tool but did not connect with the on board computer. Has worked with every other car I have tried it with. Connector has no dust cover at the rear, poor design.
    Used the repeated on/off sequence 5 times waiting until the airbag symbol started to flash each time. Cleared the fault.
    Thanks. There is a special spot in your version of Heaven I am sure.

    • Gareth Pearce on April 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm
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    Hi there
    I have a Nissan Pathfinder 56 plate I have tried this many times now but still no luck
    Can someone please help?

    • Cindy Montes on June 23, 2017 at 9:04 pm
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    Mine went on this morning and I did what you posted and it worked.. thankyou so much.. I could only imagine what they would charge me to do the same without me knowing, what I know now.. Thankyou so much!!!

    • M beverley on August 2, 2017 at 2:27 pm
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    2 Aug 17. Had warning light on 2006 pathfinder. Had knocked yellow wire off under passenger seat whilst taking manual out. Thanks to Daves tip now sorted, although took 8-10 times of ignition on and off. Thanks for the advice

    • Mike on December 28, 2017 at 11:25 am
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    Dave it worked!!! You just saved this old man at least $100 which the dealer wanted just to plug it in to the computer.
    Big thanks to Dave.

    • Tramicka Thergood on January 1, 2018 at 6:31 pm
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    Thank you so much. Yes it really works saved me a lot of time thank you so freaking much

    • Hoang luong on January 1, 2018 at 10:09 pm
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    You are legend man, thank you so much for save my money!

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