My "Service Air Bag" Warning came on, should i worry?

i turned on my moms 2008 chevy cobalt and when i did so the "service air bag" warning came on. What should we do? Also should we worry about the warning
My car has an automatic transmission.
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The air bag light is an indicator that somewhere in the air bag system, there is a fault. The system will need to be tested with a compatible scanner that can access the air bag module. You may have problems with a seat sensor, the air bags, and air bag sensors. Only trained personnel should test and service the air bag system on any vehicle. For your safety, I highly recommend taking it to a local dealer to have the system tested and serviced. Anytime the light is on, the system will not activate in an accident.

How to Identify and Fix Common car Problems ?

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The sensors are faulty.

Various components of the vehicle have different sensors that communicate directly with its computer system and notify you of any detectable issues. If you`ve been in a minor accident recently in which the airbags didn`t deploy, they might need to be replaced.

The airbag light indicates that something is wrong with the seatbelts or airbags. This means that it`s probably not safe to drive with the airbag light on. If it stays illuminated in your vehicle, we recommend having it towed to the dealership rather than driving it yourself.
The bottom line is that, when your airbag light comes on, it`s vital that you don`t drive any further and have your car checked by a mechanic as soon as possible. Until the problem is diagnosed and fixed, your airbags will not deploy.
Go to see a mechanic if the airbag light still won`t turn off. A worn-out clock spring inside your airbag`s control module, a dead backup airbag battery, or a corroded terminal inside the airbag system are commonly the reasons why the airbag light is illuminating. In rare cases, your airbag may need to be serviced.
Number 1 — Reset Airbag Light

You`ll need to hire a professional to come in and examine the airbags before you continue to drive the car. This process can take several hours of time and usually costs a few hundred dollars, although depending upon the type of car it may be up to about $600.

Where are the airbag sensors on a car? The front of the car typically has an impact sensor installed because this is where collisions are most likely to happen. A comparable safety sensor is placed inside the vehicle`s passenger area, and the sensor is situated inside the engine.
It may correct itself once the battery is fully charged again, but if not the backup battery will need to be recharged along with a sensor reset. Your vehicle has many different sensors connected to different components.
When the automobile is first started, the SRS light should stay on for a duration of one to five seconds while the system runs a number of tests independently. If the light goes out, the system is ready. If the light keeps flashing, there is a problem with the SRS airbag system.
How long will the recall service take? Once the parts arrive for your recall, the repair itself can take between 1-2 hours, and then a little extra time to complete the paper work and get you back on the road. Expect no longer than two and a half hours.
In modern vehicles, airbags do not expire and are designed to last throughout the car`s lifetime. If your car is older, however, your car`s manufacturer may advise you to change out your airbags as part of routine maintenance.

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My "Service Air Bag" Warning came on, should i worry?
ANSWER : The air bag light is an indicator that somewhere in the air bag system, there is a fault. The system will need to be tested with a compatible scanner that can access the air bag module. You may have problems with a seat sensor, the air bags, and air bag sensors. Only trained personnel should test and service the air bag system on any vehicle. For your safety, I highly recommend taking it to a local dealer to have the system tested and serviced. Anytime the light is on, the system will not activate in an accident.

Hot air mixed with cold blows from air conditioning
ANSWER : Hey there. You will most likely have to have a mechanic bypass the heater coolant lines to have this resolved. Your A/C may not be controlling the air flow inside the evaporator correctly out of the vents and may be the blend door actuator stuck in the heat position. Have the AC system diagnosed first before bypassing the heater.

Cold mist/smoke like air comes out of the air vents when cold air is on.
ANSWER : If you are using regular outside air a/c instead of recirculated air you may be getting a large amount of outside air humidity and can cause a mist to come out of the a/c vents. You should make sure the a/c evaporator drain is cleared and drains freely or the water in the a/c cannot drain fast enough and the blower will pick up the water and blow it out the vents.

Air compressors and air suspension fail
ANSWER : This is a common fault that is found with vehicles that have air suspension. Though the compressors were most likely bad the first time, there is another problem causing them to fail. The most common would be a leak in the system or a failed air strut.

When the strut fails or a leak is present, it can cause the air compressors to never shut off as they try to compensate for the leak which causes them to fail prematurely. A qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to inspect your suspension system and make a proper diagnosis on the issue.

My heater is blowing air through the driver side air vents but is blowing cold air through the passenger side and rear console ven
ANSWER : Hi there:

Climate controlled vehicles have multiple electrical relays that open and close vents to maintain the desired temperature. In some instances, these relays can wear out overtime. However, it’s also common for debris to clog up vents (especially side vents) which may restrict the flow of cool air. The best way to determine why your AC is not working efficiently, it might be best to have a professional mechanic complete a AC inspection; so they can pinpoint the source of your issues and recommend the right repairs.

Air conditioner blowing warm air. Heat blowing warm air. Neither hot or cold
ANSWER : If the A/C system is full and pressures are reading correctly, and the cooling system is in proper working order (thermostat opens, no overheating, etc.), then most likely the problem lies with the dash. The climate control head unit may be at fault. One or more blend doors behind the dash may be stuck or broken. If you’re unable to fix this issue yourself, consider YourMechanic, as one of our mobile technician can come diagnose the issue with your A/C firsthand and help you fix it accordingly.

air conditioner not blowing air from dash vents, but blowing air from side vents
ANSWER : A few different items can cause the air to not blow out of the dash vents. The most common are a blend door or a control switch. The best method for the AC diagnosis feature can be found in the vehicles owners manual. I recommend having your AC checked by a qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to have the problem diagnosed and repaired correctly.

Air conditioning is blowing hot air – car stalls when A/C is on
ANSWER : In order to diagnose all the different problems you have, I having the A/C pressures checked to see if the system is low on refrigerant from a leaking compressor or another component. The rough idle may be due to a dirty throttle body and idle control system. If you would like to have this checked for you, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect the A/C and rough idle in order to proceed with the proper repairs.