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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,000 miles

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2001 Toyota Avalon seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #2

May 302006

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


I was in front-offset type accident and the seat belt did not lock. Consequently, I slid forward and slammed into the steering wheel edge (offset crash). The car had a broken right front wheel and the car was totaled. Why did the seat belt not lock" I have read the owners manual, and it seems the seat belt is only supposed to lock in the event of a front crash. What good is that? it seems to me, it should lock on any sudden movement, period, or why bother with it"

- Jericho, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 082002


  • miles
Left (outboard) rear seat belt assembly malfunctioning. The mounting point is self-activating and causing the belt to overtension rendering the belt unusable and unsafe.

- Langhorne, PA, USA

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