I`m afraid its got to be done at the dealers as the Computer needs to be reset.
There`s a common fault with the under seat loom, where the dealer generally replaces the loom for one with better connectors. While the airbag warning light is on, the airbag system will NOT Function at all even in a crash.
I had mine changed a few months ago along with Hundreds of others
See :- http://www.mini2.com/forum/first-generation-faults-fixes/2588-airbag.html
I have the same problem. I recently installed a set of Recaros, and my airbag warning light has been on since. I think it's the yellow one because the black and blue should connect to the seat belt (just trace the seat belt clip). I did some research over at NAM and found that one can actually find the resistence of the airbag that was unplug and replace it with a resistor to fool the computer into thinking everything is normal. As a result of this, operation of all other airbag will be retained. I don't think one has tried this on a mini yet...well at least I havn't found it yet.
Keep us posted if you find anything else regarding this issue, and I'll let you all know if I find anything new.
If only it were that Simple
The computer when first sensing any airbag system fault ..Shuts down the whole Airbag System as a safety precaution.
The system then needs to be re-initiated after subsequent investigation & repair ... a subbed resistor will NOT do this unfortunatley
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