I have seen this on a Hyundai Sonata and a Kia Optima. Both of them had been wrecked and supposedly fixed prior to my customers' purchase. In both instances, the airbag light never turned on during ignition ON. What I found out that the bulb for the system has been "conveniently" pulled out from the gauge cluster. And mind you, that these cars came from two different well-known local dealerships.
For the most parts, when an accident happens, the shop will replace the airbags and the control modules. But many times that I have seen that the shop fails to replace the airbag sensors.
In your case, I would remove the gauge cluster and physically check the light bulb. If you can find out what type of damage was done from the accident, you can try to figure out which airbag was replaced so you can check if the sensor has been replaced as well.
Monday, March 16th, 2009 AT 11:36 PM