Understanding Airbags in OEM Car and Truck Seats

SRS Airbag logo with Raised Lettering

When it comes to safety features in vehicles, airbags are often at the top of the list. This guide will help you understand the intricacies of airbags in OEM car and truck seats, how to identify them, and what precautions to take when swapping seats.

Do Seats Have Airbags?

If your seats were manufactured after 2000, there's a high likelihood that they come with built-in airbags. To verify, look for tags labeled "SRS" or "AIRBAG" on the seats. If such tags are missing, the seat trim could provide clues, particularly in imported vehicles like Toyota and Lexus.

How to Identify Airbag Wires

In most cases, the airbag wires will have a yellow harness. However, seatbelt wires also use a yellow harness. To differentiate between the two, trace the wire to ensure it leads to the airbag. If you purchase from us we can mark the airbag wires for you. Just ask during your fitment call.

Swapping Seats with Existing Airbags

If you are swapping seats within the same vehicle year, the airbag connection should be compatible. To ensure a smooth transition, follow these steps:

Step Action
1 Disconnect the vehicle battery
2 Wait 15-30 minutes
3 Unplug the seats
4 Reconnect the battery after ensuring correct wiring

This reduces the chance of needing an SRS system reset, which typically costs between $100-$200 at a dealership. However, some SRS resets can be performed at home.

Fabrication: Should You Remove the Airbag?

If properly identified and disconnected, the airbag is safe to leave in your vehicle. If you wish to remove it, the process involves unbolting the airbag after removing the upholstery. A custom piece of foam may be needed to fill the void left by the removed airbag. We offer this service free of charge with any order.