When ignition switch is in ON or START position, SRS warninglight on instrument panel will illuminate for about 7 seconds and thenturn off. This indicates SDU has checked SRS and found it free ofproblems. If SRS warning light blinks, stays on all the time, or doesnot come on, a malfunction exists in SRS.
FRONT IMPACT SENSORS
Front impact sensors are located under front fenders. SeeFigs. 1 and 8. Sensors, which verify direction and severity of impact,are inertia switches that complete an electrical circuit if impact isgreat enough to cause contacts to close.
AIR BAG MODULE
Air bag module is mounted on front face of steering wheel.See Fig. 1. Air bag module inflator assembly produces nitrogen gas tofill air bag. When a small amount of current from SDU is applied,ignitor starts a thermal reaction, which spreads an ignitor charge.Surrounding ignitor charge is a pellet-filled area thatproduces nitrogen gas. Gas pressure builds and discharges frominflator through a diffuser and screen assembly, forcing steeringwheel cover to burst along its seams until air bag is fully inflated.When air bag is fully inflated, gas escapes through vents, away fromdriver.
SRS DIAGNOSTIC UNIT (SDU)
SDU is located under floor console assembly. See Figs. 1 and4. The SDU stores fault codes and provides system information to SRSwarning light and diagnostic connector. If SRS warning light comes on,a code has been stored in SDU memory. Safing impact sensor is anintegral part of SDU.
Diagnostic connector is located on right side of fuse block.See Fig. 2. Diagnostic connector is used to access SRS on-boarddiagnostics when using Mitsubishi’s Multi-Use Tester (MB991341).Fig. 2: Identifying Diagnostic ConnectorCourtesy of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America.