Taking out the seat may have affected the Air Bag/Supplemntal Restraint System, (SRS). This is becasue the seat bealts are part of a very complicated circuti that includes the air bag, seat belts and a bunch of other stuff that all have to be put into one circuit that is tested. If that got disturbed somehow, that may be causing the problem. It sounds like the dinger may be the seat belt dinger, which normally will onloy go off for the drivers side, but if SRS circuit is messed up, it may go off for notification. There might not even be a Check or Malfunction Ligth as Air Bags might not throw code, but I would suggest starting out by getting the codes pulled. Any Advance auto or Auto Zone will do this for free.
If you want to try to reset the circuit and see if you can get the dinger to stopp going off, which I am not really thinking is the best way to go as the Air Bag/SRS circuit is so complicated only certified Techs with a lot of training can sign off on them and it is a legal binding form that they sign off on. You never know if the air bag will pop out while you are driving. I just do no, and few people do, know the circuit well enoguh to say things like that will not happen.
At least if the codes get checked first, you can see if there is a code for the AB/SRS sytem because the dinger is going to probably throw a code because it is malfunctioning and it is part of the circuit.
However, you might get away with dis-connecting the battery for a minute then re-connecting it to see if it will clear the problem and stop the dinger. But, I don't think this is the best idea as The AB/SRS is a safety issue that few techs can really answer to its proper function without testing the car in person and with certification.
I hope this information helps.
Friday, November 11th, 2011 AT 6:10 PM