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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
31,386 miles

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2003 Toyota Avalon seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments (Page 3 of 9)

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problem #132

Dec 292015

Avalon

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Kenesaw, GA, USA

problem #131

Dec 012015

Avalon

  • miles
Letter from senator john mccain on behalf of constituent re the safety restraint system on his 2003 Toyota Avalon. The consumer stated Toyota issued a recall for the safety restraint system. The recall letter stated if the repair was related to the condition, it would be considered for reimbursement. Toyota denied the consumer's request for reimbursement, because they claimed the spiral cable was not part of the problem.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #130

Dec 072015

Avalon

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags); however, the parts were unavailable to perform the repairs. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall remedy. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #129

Jan 152015

Avalon

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I received a safety recall notice from Toyota in January 2015. The instructions say they are working on a remedy for the SRS ECU. I have called them twice and submitted a complaint to you once regarding the unreasonable delay in implementing the 'remedy'. they continue to say to wait until they have replacement parts. It is beginning to feel like a stalling process waiting for my persistence to weaken. The potential problem includes reports of inadvertent airbag deployment. Someone needs to provide them with some encouragement. Is that your job?

- Gering, NE, USA

problem #128

Jan 012015

Avalon

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. While driving 70 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags); however, there was no remedy for the recall. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time to develop a remedy for the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available....updated 02/02/16

- Gilford, NH, USA

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problem #127

Dec 112014

Avalon

  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags); however, the part to do the recall repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Sewdesboro, NJ, USA

problem #126

Jan 272015

Avalon

  • 85,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. While driving at various speeds, the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing; however, the failure could not be duplicated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 2/4/16

- Westwood, NJ, USA

problem #125

Mar 012015

Avalon

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags) was received in March of 2015. 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 contact had not experienced a failure.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #124

Jun 132015

Avalon

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Vero Beach, FL, USA

problem #123

May 012015

Avalon

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of issue. The contact had not expierenced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 04/07/16

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #122

Apr 032015

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2003 Toyota Avalon. Consumer writes in regards to supplemental restraint system/ electronic control unit recall. The consumer received a recall notice on April 3, 2015. Since then, there has been no further information from Toyota.

- Wimauma, FL, USA

problem #121

Apr 012015

Avalon

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 01/27/16

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #120

Feb 152015

Avalon

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Obetz, OH, USA

problem #119

Oct 232015

Avalon

  • 174,500 miles
My Avalon is part of NHTSA recall campaign 15V043 -- the second recall campaign because the first was a total failure. The second recall remedy is apparently "in process" -- where it has been since my vehicle first failed in 2011. The airbag light continues to intermittently activate while driving, suggesting that the airbag may not inflate in a crash. Why is NHTSA such a spineless weakling" NHTSA, fulfill your mandate to protect my family! you are the government Agency. Therefore, stop pandering to Toyota and force a remedy now. Perhaps Toyota doesn't have the engineering resources to resolve this problem in four years time"

- Webster Groves, MO, USA

problem #118

Jan 272015

Avalon

  • 125,000 miles
We have a 2003 Toyota Avalon which we purchased new from Toyota dealership. It has an outstanding air bag recall dated January 27, 2015. We keep getting told we will be notified when parts are available but this is getting ridiculous. I talked to their service dept again on Friday, Oct 23rd and they told me they still have no info on parts availability for this repair. What can you do to get this moving?

- Thiensville, WI, USA

problem #117

May 262014

Avalon

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V043000 (air bags) and 14V147000 (air bags); however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Sugarland, TX, USA

problem #116

Apr 062015

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags) and stated that the parts needed for the repair were not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time to the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Update 01/13/16 MA updated 01/16/16.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #115

Nov 162013

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Toyota Avalon. Consumer writes in regards to air bag malfunction during vehicle accident. On November 16, 2013 while driving at 55 mph in the 4th lane, another vehicle in the consumer's lane 100 yards away from him, suddenly stopped. Traffic was light, so the consumer switched to the 3rd lane left of him. When he got within six car lengths of the stopped vehicle in the right lane, he was suddenly side swiped by an automobile wanting to move into his lane. The contact to his vehicle caused the frontal air bag to deploy in an alarming and strange way. The driver air bag barely made itself out of the steering column, then slowly continued to inflate and blocked his vision. In a panic mode to get the partially filled air bag out of his face, the consumer apparently turned the steering lightly to the right, which caused the passenger side front wheel to hit and then skidded off the back driver side wheel of the vehicle that originally stopped 100 yards in front of him. The consumer stated the air bag should have never deployed; especially in the manner in which they did. The consumer stated he has received five letters regarding the air bag. He was informed by Toyota, there was nothing they could do without permission from headquarters. Updated 08/04/16.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #114

Oct 012015

Avalon 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Toyota Avalon. Consumer writes in regards to no replacement parts available to complete supplemental restraint system / electronic control unit recall.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #113

Mar 012012

Avalon

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V043000 (air bags), however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

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