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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,650 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Toyota Sienna accessories - interior problems

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2005 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 032014

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


Seat warmer on drivers side burns my leg if left on for more than 2-4 minutes. Understand there is a recall for this year and model but was told by Toyota the recall does not apply to factory installed models(xle), which mine is, only vehicles which had seat warmers installed by southeast Toyota(set) as an option.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #3

Jun 142012


  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that a two-year old child was secured in a child restraint by the vehicle seat belt system. The child was able to unlatch the seatbelt while sitting in the child seat. The contact believed that the design of the seat belts were unsafe to use in securing a child in the vehicle with a child seat. The contact consulted with the dealer about a seat belt cover to prevent the child from unlatching the seat belts, but the dealer advised that no such device existed. The failure and the current mileage was 123,000.

- Laurel, KY, USA

problem #2

May 022009


  • 48,000 miles
Driver's seat loose. I found a bolt (a shoulder bolt) on the floor of our 2005 Toyota Sienna. The car had approximately 48,000 miles on it at that time. The seat is loose and when the position is changed, forward or back, there is a grinding noise like the gears (it is electric seat) are not meshing. My concern is if I am in an accident the seat will come loose (as it movers around now) and I will take the force of the seat as well as my body if it comes loose. There is also the possibility that the seat will change position if there is an accident and I will not be restrained by the seatbelts properly because the seat shifted my position and in addition I will not get the full effect of the air bags and air curtains when they deploy. When I found the bolt I immediately took the car to the Toyota dealership and was told there was nothing they could do because it is out of warranty. I had never mentioned warranty the service writer brought it up.. I spoke with Toyota customer service after the dealership said there was nothing they could do and Toyota said the same thing. They suggested I buy a $125 repair manual if I wanted to fix it myself. I asked if they would send me a copy of the page that pertains to the seat and they said they would try. (I was subsequently told by another person in Toyota customer service that the person wrote that I had refused to buy the service manual. Apparently he just said he would look for the pages and E-mail them to me to get me off the line. His note certainly indicates he had no intention of helping me get copies of the pages from the repair manual. ) it is obvious there is either a design issue or flaw or the shoulder bolt was not assembled or torqued properly. Bolts do not simply fall out of their own Accord. If this were not an important bolt Toyota would certainly not have gone to the expense of installing a hardened shoulder bolt as opposed to a regular bolt that is much less expensive.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 242008


  • 50,600 miles
Driver's power seat stopped operating properly. Took vehicle to don joseph Toyota, kent Ohio. They advised that the seat frame/motor assembly, part number 71120-AE100, was defective and would need to be replaced. Service manager further advised that the item appeared to be a result of faulty engineering, but Toyota has yet to issue a recall. Service manager further advised that the vehicle could not be operated safely in its current condition.

- Stow, OH, USA

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