Fix Your Volkswagen Airbag Light! (For Codes 01217 and 01218)

Fix Your Volkswagen Airbag Light! (For Codes 01217 and 01218)

Fix your airbag light using tips in this video! I go over how to fix common airbag problems, and show solutions, that come up on Volkswagens. This is specifically for codes 01217 and 1218, both which indicate an error in the side air bags, both passenger and driver sides. This video will help you fix your problem, showing you which connector you need to bypass or clean. The code may come up as intermittent, sporadic, or static. This was included in Volkswagen’s TSB 69-08-02 / 2011271. This problem could come up in most VW Models, including the Golf, Rabbit, GTI, Passat, GLI, R32, an EOS, throughout years 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Codes include:
01218 – Side Airbag Igniter; Front Passenger Side (N200)
01218 – Side Airbag Igniter; Front Passenger Side (N200): Resistance too High
01218 – Side Airbag Igniter; Front Passenger Side (N200): Resistance too Low
01218 – Side Airbag Igniter; Front Passenger Side (N200): Short to positive
01218 – Side Airbag Igniter; Front Passenger Side (N200): Short to ground

01217 – Side Airbag Igniter; Front Driver Side (N199)
01217 – Side Airbag Igniter; Front Driver Side (N199): Resistance too High
01217 – Side Airbag Igniter; Front Driver Side (N199): Upper Limit Exceeded
01217 – Side Airbag Igniter; Front Driver Side (N199): Short to positive
01217 – Side Airbag Igniter; Front Driver Side (N199): Short to ground

Note: This is just a guide, I am not responsible for any damage done to your car or yourself while working on your airbag system.

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Adam Korekach says:

Will this also apply to a 2003 VW Passat? Says my passenger side airbag igniter is faulty.

Löss 2222 says:

What should I do if I have "short to positive" how do I fix it?

Petar Dzaja says:

Hey, I was taking my steering wheel off (i was replacing the steering wheel module), and there were some problems the 1st time, so I had to do everything again.. After the 3rd time (I finally fixed problems with steering wheel), the airbag light just appeared in the middle of the ride (It didn't start when I turned the car on). The error is 01217 – Side bag igniter – front driver side: upper limit exceeded. I was wondering, could that be the same problem you're explaining in the video, or there's a chance that I screwed something on the steering wheel (airbag connectors – even though they look fine)..

sorry for the bad english

Long Huynh says:

Thanks for tip.

Jettolicx says:

bad vid man did not fix

Carrie Williams says:

I had my 2007 beetel fixed the heater core replaced & when I picked up my car the air bag light was on …no codes read on my code reader the mechanic said the code is alright like that but it wasn't like that before they worked on it…if I'm gonna take it back
How long should it take for them to fix it ?because I'm not leaving my car there…

tanveer patel says:

Thanks for the video. I have today, randomly got the yellow airbag light and a warning light for the electric parking break. Both car on at the same time. Does anyone know if both of these wires/connectors are next to each other?

Mohammed Amer says:

i have vw touran 2005.
my family put a lot of things in the car and afterwards this light has come on

Faisal Mohamad says:

Appreciate your help bruh

Faisal Mohamad says:

Bro ive got air bag checklight after i install new radio player on my mk5 ive checked all socket in the central unit its all in place whats the posibble problem im facing?

Mika K says:

Wheres that connector on the floor? How can I get to it?

1881Gordon says:

Really good video – Short and sweet. It's just a shame though that the dealership opted to use green tape for the airbag connector bypass/fix: Idiots!

Martin Roberts says:

I Soldered and heat shrunk the connector seat to body but light came on again, So I did the Seat to Seat wire and its gone, really poor of Audi to have such a stupid fault. FYI this would also work if you sued bullet connectors plus minus for each wire so you never mix them up. 

Another tip, Check where the wires go, the colour coding is different on different cars, ie VW and Audi and Audi A4 and A6. So watch where the wires go!!

Shahid Hussain says:

You did not mention where that second connector in the floor is located .

DeliPS DeliPS says:

I got those code DTC, 00595, 01226 what should I do buddy.

abderrazak tair says:

Thank you so much for information

Rupert Day says:

Could you confirm which colour wire goes to which when you cut out/bypass the yellow connector? I'm trying to pause but it's not too clear

John Pankey says:

Thanks for the quick video. Will try this tomorrow. Best part of the video is the Miata, though!

Frank Serpico says:

This worked for me. Thankyou!

Thomas says:

Short and sweet that’s the way these videos should be. Great Job

Manuel Egea Alonso says:

What about for 01218 – Side Airbag Igniter; Passenger Side (N200) : 001 – Upper Limit Exceeded – Intermittent – MIL ON?

Adam Usmani says:

Hi I have on side which the wires are brown black and blue and the other side brown green and white I presume brown goes to brown so is it blue to white black to green Or. Black to white and blue to green

J G says:

Are those wire connections:
White to Black
Green to Blue
Brown to Brown?

Rilo says:

First love the vid!

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