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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
211,233 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Toyota RAV4 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #6

Jun 272012


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic which located the failure at the air bag spiral cable. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 88,000.

- Danvers , MA, USA

problem #5

Jul 142011


  • 65,000 miles
A warning light appeared on the dashboard indicating an airbag malfunction. I called Toyota service and was told the car required a repair, and the airbags would not function at all until this repair was done. Today the Toyota tech told us a "spiral cable assembly had gone bad." He said it will cost $514 to make this repair, and again, the airbags will not work unless it is done. I asked if this was a recall issue with Toyota and the service manager replied, "I have no idea." I asked if this was a common problem with this car and he replied, "we see it all the time in rav3's and Tundra's." I indicated the car is only 5 years old with just over 60K miles, and that I have never (ever) had an airbag failure in any vehicle until now. He again said, "well, we see it all the time with this model." This surely appears to be a design flaw that is very costly to an average consumer. Can they get away with this? please help! (thanks much-)

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 012011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
2006 Toyota rav 4. consumer states air bag system is defective and has not worked for the past three months. The consumer stated the air bag light illuminated. A spiral cable was needed at a cost of $404.56 to fix the problem.

- Montgomery, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 222010


  • 87,828 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. While driving at an unknown speed the contact stated that a warning light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the vehicle needed a spiral cable and a steering shaft in order to fix the air bag. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 87,828 and the current mileage was 87,900.

- Brownwood, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 012010


  • 60,000 miles
At approximately 60,000 miles my 2006 Toyota rav 4 SRS warning light came on and stayed on. The local Toyota dealer service dept eventually diagnosed the problem as the "spiral cable "in the steering column. "diagnosis "and repair cost over $700.

- Boise, ID, USA

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problem #1

Jan 272008


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle crashed into the front end of another vehicle. The vehicle was destroyed and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact was injured and a police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was invalid. No other vehicle information was available.

- Christiansted, VI, USA

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