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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,536 miles

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2006 Lexus IS 250 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Lexus IS 250 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Sep 092016

IS 250

  • miles


Takata inflators - cannot use car whenever I have more than 3 passengers. No solution provided after the recall alert received for 2 months. No news about when the repair can be done.

- Arnold, CA, USA

problem #24

Aug 152016

IS 250

  • 58,380 miles
We had our Lexus smogged and the airbag light was on when we picked it up. We took it to the Lexus dealer and they said it is the wiring harness. $3500 to repair. This is not a component that is supposed to fail, so Lexus should be responsible for the fix.

- Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA

problem #23

Aug 152016

IS 250

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Lexus IS250. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V340000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceed a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #22

Jun 012016

IS 250

  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Lexus Is 250. The contact stated that the recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 16V340000 (air bags) was received in June of 2016. After contacting the dealer and the manufacturer on multiple occasions, the contact was informed that the parts needed to repair the vehicle were still not available and no estimated time for receiving the parts could be given. The VIN was not available. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- West Hills, CA, USA

problem #21

Jul 182016

IS 250

  • miles
I received a Lexus safety recall notice on 7/18/16 regarding the takata front passenger airbag inflator (NHTSA recall no. 16V-340). The propellant in these inflators may degrade after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity and fluctuating high temperatures. Degraded propellant can cause inflator rupture during airbag deployment. In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, striking the vehicle occupants and result in serious injury or death. My car is used to Transport my family, which includes my 6 month old son. We do not feel safe driving my car and would like to receive a loaner until the airbag parts have been replaced. Also, we live in an area where temperatures reach up to 100 degrees in the summer months, which may increase the risk of the propellant in these inflators to degrade.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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problem #20

Jul 152016

IS 250

  • miles
Takata recall

- Merced, CA, USA

problem #19

Jun 182016

IS 250

  • 119,500 miles


Is 250 dash has melted and creates harsh glare and reflects into the windshield blocking the view out the front (see the attached picture in which the gooey surface of the dash is blocking the view of other vehicles on the road) when driving East or West towards the sun making it dangerous to drive. The problem is worst on hot days when the dash becomes more tacky, gooey, and reflective. The dash also seems to off gas and create a haze that builds on the windshield. Toyota is replacing some off the dashes and interiors through a "warranty enhancement" but will not replace mine because the vehicle has been in a wreck, had an insurance claim, and been repaired. This voids their "enhancement". the issue is present on many Lexus vehicles, though and can be a hazard. They will not fix my vehicle because this issue is not yet a recall. I am worried about not being able to see out of the vehicle well.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #18

Jun 152012

IS 250

  • miles
L-sb-0167-08 the SRS airbag light Is on for awhile. This Is a well known defect and issue with these vehicle. A faulty wire harness. There Is tsb but it Is only covered under warranty. I find it surprising that this Is not considered a safety recall given the potential harm and risk of the airbag not deploying due to a faulty harness.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #17

Mar 012016

IS 250

  • 25,000 miles
Airbag indicator on dash randomly comes on then goes off. This has been happening since 2009. The cause is a defective wiring harness from the manufacturer effecting 2006 to 2008 vehicles, which when in a failed state disables the airbag system entirely.

- Bethpage, NY, USA

problem #16

Mar 012016

IS 250

  • miles
2006 Lexus Is 250. Consumer writes in regards to air bag light malfunction. The consumer stated the air bag light could come on and go off. The dealer informed the consumer they would not be able to diagnose the problem, until the light stayed on constantly. The consumer was charged $3100 to fix the issue.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #15

Oct 202015

IS 250

  • 93,970 miles


Airbag indicator on dash randomly comes on then goes off. This happened again most recently on 10-20-15. Apparently this is due to a defective wiring harness from the manufacturer effecting 2006 to 2008 vehicles, which when in a failed state disables the airbag system entirely......updated12/07/15

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #14

Aug 012015

IS 250

  • 107,980 miles
I drove my car to work with no abnormal lights on the dash. After working 7 hours I returned to my car and started it after a few seconds I looked up to notice the airbag light was illuminated. I turned the car off waited a few seconds and started it again and the light is still on. I have read that this is a common issue with the airbag wiring harness and can cost up to $3500 to repair.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #13

Feb 022015

IS 250 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I noticed my airbag light was on while driving. Restarting the car seemed to solve the issue at first, days went by and I never saw the light again. Few days later light was on again. I had to restart the car 4 times before it went off. So I took it to the dealer and asked to have a look at it. They told me that the wire harness was bad and they are aware of this issue is Lexus is models. They have a tsb L-sb-0167-08 assigned to this. The solution to fix this is to replace the whole harness which will cost upwards of $3500 and apparently this is caused due to the restraint on the harness and it automatically disables the deployment of the airbags. This is a major safety issue which should be addressed by Lexus corporate and a safety recall should be applicable to this hazard. This is not regular wear and tear and requires immediate attention to all Lexus is model vehicle owners.

- Long Island City, NY, USA

problem #12

May 022011

IS 250

  • miles
I have a 2006 Lexus IS250, I want to report that my dashboard and door panels are melting and peeling apart. This has been going on for about 4 years now. I know there has been numerous complaints about this, I am also reporting I have the issue.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #11

Jan 012015

IS 250

  • 65,600 miles
Te car is flood inside because theres a ac drain block and this produce melt and smelles and da, ages and oxident the floor. And electrical cables can make a electrical failure amd activated the airbags.

- Caguas, PR, USA

problem #10

Sep 012014

IS 250 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Vehicle (2006 Lexus IS250 w. 62,000 miles) with an illuminated airbag light due to a faulty wiring harness. This is a known problem that Lexus acknowledges but refuse to fix without charging (out of warranty) owners over $3,500. There is even a technical service bulletin ("tsb") issued for this problem, the tsb number is L-sb-0167-08. This is an outrageous expense and a recall should have been issued. This directly compromises the safety of the drive, passengers and other parties in the even of an accident.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #9

Oct 152014

IS 250 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
My Lexus Is 250 air bag light came on. I took it in for service and Lexus of las vegas and they informed me that the wiring harness needs to be replaced because Lexus designed the part wrong. I learned that if I'm in an accident that my safety system will not work. Lexus needs to replace my death trap now. Fix the wiring harness.... [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #8

Jul 242014

IS 250 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
The airbag light Is now constantly displaying red on my dashboard. Nalley Lexus of smyrna ga stated that there Is a short in the wire harness and it needs to be repaired at a cost of $3300 or the airbags will not work in the event of a crash. From reading online in the Lexus owners blogs, this Is very common and I have read in the forums that Lexus, in 2006, 2007, installed a wiring harness that was too short. The harness plugs become loose and in some cases the wire insulation becomes chafed and shorts out the airbag system. I am not aware where the poster got their information but I, along with others think this Is should be a saftey recall.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #7

Feb 152014

IS 250 6-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
The passenger side airbag warning light on my vehicle turned on. When I took my vehicle to Lexus for a recall I had them check why the light was on. They told me the air bag wiring harness needs to be replaced at a cost of $2546. They also said this Is a common issue that Lexus Is well aware of and issued a tsb for it in 2008 but would only cover the repair under the initial warranty period because they had not received enough complaints to make a recall. Well now 6 years after they issued the tsb I'm sure there has to be enough complaints because a simple google search shows how many cars are affected by this problem. The biggest issue Is the airbags will not deploy in the event of and accident until the repair Is made. I contacted Lexus corporate twice and both times they were not willing to help. I believe Lexus should cover this repair since it Is a major safety concern and Lexus Is well aware of the problem.

- Township Of Washington, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jan 082014

IS 250

  • 47,000 miles
Air bag light is on and does not go off... at the time of this message, the car has 51000 miles. Dealer said that the problem is in design of the harness and wants $3500 to fix it. It is 10% of what I paid for the car and Toyota has to fix this issue because it affects air bag deployment in case of emergency.

- North Potomac, MD, USA

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