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I'm working on a 2013 Honda CRV with an Airbag code E3-11

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I'm working on a 2013 Honda CRV with an Airbag code E3-11 Front right side Airbag does not deploy by OPDS operation. The vehicle was in a front end collision with no deployment. Minimal info online regarding this code. I did find one forum saying replace right side Impact sensor.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  Honda-Man replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Just-Answer. My name is ***** ***** online handle is Honda-Man. I have over 31 years experience repairing Honda and Acura vehicles. I would be happy to assist you with your Honda or Acura question!

The Honda diagnostic steps for code E3-11 say to replace the SRS control unit if the code comes back after being cleared. The SRS unit has a built in impact sensor or safing sensor and if it records an impact this code sets. Even if there are not any other codes related to component replacement the SRS unit still needs to be replaced. I have included a screenshot of the official and complete Honda code E3-11 diagnosis. The code won't clear or go away until the control unit is replaced. Sorry for the bad news.

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Expert:  Honda-Man replied 1 year ago.

I should have mentioned it's possible that a SRS unit software update could clear the code. It's a slight possibility but is part of the diagnostic process. Because this code came after a collision I doubt it will work. The Honda dealer is the only one that can perform the software update. Cost to try it is approx $50. Most dealers charge 1/2 hour labor to do software updates.

Thanks again, Honda-Man