Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Although it has a stellar record in terms of vehicle problems, initially the 4th generation (2003 - 2009) 4Runner didn't earn our top "Seal of Awesome" rating because it received poor crash test ratings for rear impacts. However it's proven to have one of the lowest driver death rates out of all vehicles (not just SUVs), so we've bumped it back up to our top award.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,000 miles

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2004 Toyota 4Runner seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 032010


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota 4 runner. While driving approximately 35 mph, the driver and passenger side curtain air bags suddenly deployed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The manufacuter was contacted and informed the contact an inspector would inspect the vehicle for the failure. The inspector stated the failure could have been caused by drink spillage in the cup holder because the air bag module was located under the cup holder. The inspector could not guarantee that was the cause of the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Linthicum Heights, MD, USA

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