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Old 06-22-2022, 03:03 PM   #1
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Wrench Passenger Presence Sensor Fix

Hi all,

New to the forum and wanted to share some info on a recent Passenger Presence Sensor issue I had.

The Airbag light recently went on in my 2009 Aura, and the passenger airbag indicator was reading "off" even with a full-sized human in the passenger seat. It began as intermittent and eventually happened every time someone sat in the passenger seat. Seems like a common problem (the Sky owners made such a stink that GM issued a recall!)

Brought it to the dealer and was quoted $1349 for a replacement(it just keeps going up), which is not much less than the car is worth at this point, so I went in search of another solution. After pulling the seat cover off, I noticed that the sensor is almost identical to those from the Sky that were recalled, aside from the white heating element glued to the top (mine has heated cloth seats).

My first try was a seat from a 2007 Aura, but the sensor and connections were completely different than my 2009. Picked up a 2009 heated leather seat from a junkyard today for $80, removed the cover and pulled out the entire cushion with sensor and heater still attached. Installed it in my cloth passenger seat, plugged it in, and boom, no airbag light, sensor works as it should. Just waiting on some hog ring pliers to finish the job.

Apologies for the long post, just wanted to get my experience out there for others who may be in a similar situation.
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Old 06-22-2022, 03:13 PM   #2
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Good for you, thanks for the detailed post. I'm sure somebody else will find your solution helpful at some point.
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