I have a 1997 Honda Civic HX, which I purchased new. It has driver and passenger airbags, which have never deployed. At start-up, the airbag indicator light illuminates for six seconds, and then switches off, so the SRS is operating normally (and always has).
My Honda Service Manual says some 97 Civics have Takata SRS units. According to Honda’s Recall phone line, however, my car is not equipped with Takata PSDI-5 airbag inflators, and there are no active recalls for this model.
Since the Honda rep was unable to identify the airbag inflators in my vehicle, how can I identify them?
Takata airbag recall lists only seem to go back to 2000. Does that mean cars built before then are unaffected by the recall because they used different (and presumably safer) airbag inflators? Or are manufacturers only recalling cars built after 2000, leaving folks who drive older cars on their own?
Should I be doing something to counter the effect of my vehicle’s age and the effects of this hot, dry Arizona climate on my car’s airbag system?