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Crashes / Fires:
6 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,540 miles

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2005 Toyota Sienna seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #34

Nov 102015


  • 200 miles



- Washington, DC, USA

problem #33

Nov 102015


  • 56 miles

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #32

Oct 162015


  • 171,000 miles
2005 Sienna, SRS airbag light came on while driving. Vehicle has not been involved in a crash. Connectors were checked and were secure. Ran scan on SRS with innova 3150 and received error code B0101 "open in D squib circuit". after researching online, it seems to be a common problem in the 2005 and 2006 models. There should be a recall. Some dealers just want to replace the entire airbag system, which is an expensive solution. This is a huge safety concern for Toyota.

- Bealeton, VA, USA

problem #31

Oct 012013


  • 100,000 miles


SRS light is on, based on service bulletin no.: tc-14-001 component(s): Air bags, electrical system took vehicle to Toyota and they state this is not the issue and I have to pay $1000 to have control board replaced. I do not trust that the control board is the issue and believe Toyota dealership is wanting to have me pay for high cost part and the issue can be resolved through service bulletin. How can I trust Toyota that the service bulletin is not the problem and the control board is... can an independent repair shop be used to determine issue.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #30

Nov 012014

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Airbag light on. Dealer says a tiny plastic piece is missing. Toyota doesn't make a plastic piece replacement (probably less than $1) so instead I have to pay about $3000 for an entire new wire harness.

- Denver, CO, USA

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problem #29

Jul 152012


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated the air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #28

Nov 262013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 133,000 miles


Tried to avoid oncoming truck over double line by easing to R shoulder and caught ice. Slide, driver side tires went up on guardrail, went airborne taking out a mailbox, bounced in a lower front yard went back in air. Pinged off large trees X3 then passed thru 2 field goal and the tree dead center and my van hit hard! crumpling my front end but not deploying any air bags. Nice seatbelt bruise and shaken but no injuries.

- Coudersport, PA, USA

problem #27

Jul 012010


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated the air bag warning lamp illuminated sporadically. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The contact was informed that the air bag system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Woodstock, MD, USA

problem #26

Jul 302013


  • 91,000 miles
Airbag light comes on due to faulty wiring harness (or location). According to manual this means that the airbag(s) turn off as the occupancy sensors do not work properly. The wiring harness itself is located where I put my left foot when sitting on the passenger side with the seat pushed back. It is a bad design that endangers lives. Recommend a recall.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #25

Jul 102013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 79,320 miles
Air bag lights came on for no apparent reason, after a month it still blinks.

- Douglas, MA, USA

problem #24

Jun 052013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 81,049 miles


Air bag light began flashing. Dealer scanned airbag system code and found B0111 open side squib circuit. There was an open connector on the passenger side wire harness for air bag. Dealer replaced connector and wire kit, installed new connector and soldered wire to existing harness and installed new corrugated tubing. This resulted in a $523 charge.

- Mcfarland, WI, USA

problem #23

Aug 012012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Dash has cracks all over. I am a little worried that the passenger side air bag would have an issue deploying properly in the event of a crash.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #22

Jul 232012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
At approximately 81,000 miles, the SRS light started blinking on my Toyota Sienna. Code was B0116 (open side squib circuit). This is a safety issue and there is no recommended maintenance listed for this system. I took the car to the dealership, who indicated that this repair was out of warranty (5 years/60,000 miles) and that I needed to pay approximately $3,000 for the repair, plus rental car. Toyota was unwilling to stand by this safety issue, after requests by dealership and personally by me for assistance. I expected the safety equipment to last the life of the car when I purchased it, and not to have to budget for such a large repair, unless maintenance was indicated. All other maintenance has been performed to or exceeding Toyota standards and on time. Further, I was told that repairs like this are often/usually covered by Toyota if the owner has been continuously getting service/maintenance at the dealership, and that assistance is usually denied if service/maintenance is performed elsewhere. My service/maintenance is performed elsewhere, but with extremely high standards, parts, and liquids that are all at or above Toyota specifications.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #21

Jun 252012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that she was crashed into from the rear by a vehicle driving 50 mph. The contact had been braking to a stop. The air bags did not deploy during the crash. The contact sustained chest and neck injuries during the crash. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a salvage facility. The failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,000. Updated 09/06/12 updated 09/10/2012

- Bauxite, AR, USA

problem #20

Apr 182012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 33,100 miles
Noticed first crack about a month ago and within a couple of days noticed a second crack. One is on the right side starting from the far front edge where the speaker grill is, running diagonally toward the left rear corner of the van. It originally was about 3" long but now has grown to about 5". the other is on the left side starting at the side window defroster vent, running straight back. It originally was about 2" long and is now about 3" long. It is surprising to me how quickly they started and how fast they are growing. This is clearly a safety issue, I have serious concerns that the force of the airbag depolyment would cause pieces of the dash to become projectiles at the passenger.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #19

Nov 152011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles
The air bag indicator light flashed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was assessed to have an open circuit in the air bag assembly. The entire air bag harness assembly was replaced at a cost of $2600. Many people are not able to afford this expense and will drive their vehicle without the air bags working properly.

- Enid, OK, USA

problem #18

Dec 012010

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Toyota Sienna 2005 developed two major problems about 6 years and 40,000 miles on it (right after warranty runs out). 1. passenger side front airbag malfunction resulting in airbag lights being on. Dealer is quoting $700 dollars. More importantly, the fact that this important life saving device malfunctioning at just 6 years and right after warranty runs out. Several other people have had exact same issue as evidenced by discussions in consumer forums on the internet. 2. driver side door makes loud popping noise while opening and closing. Dealer confirmed that the welds in the driver hinges have broken. Cost to repair (replace door !!) is $2400. Toyota customer experience center claimed that a notification about this issue was mailed out, which I have never received. They extended the warranty to cover 5 years and guess what? it breaks at 6 years. Both issues are important safety concerns and speaks volumes about Toyota quality and cutting corners by designing products that work only until warranty is valid. Toyota customer experience representative refused to escalate the matter to higher ups in Toyota saying that she has the authority to decide what should be done. They also refused to shoulder the cost to repair. The representative was also unaware of the reasons why the airbag would malfunction. NHTSA should investigate these issues and force Toyota to recall.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #17

Oct 122011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
SRS warning light flashing, taken to the dealer to be informed of the B0111 code and told that both front side airbag harnesses are recommended to be replaced by a Toyota service memo, though the B0111 is specifically indicative of a faulty right front harness fault. Could the number of complaints be low due to the fact that this fault comes up earlier on most vehicles and they are covered by their warranty and thus not a concern?

- Braintree, MA, USA

problem #16

Jul 192011


  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated the air bag warning light continued to illuminate. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic shop and a diagnostic test was ran. The code showed that the wiring harness to the air bags failed and the wiring harness needed to be replaced. The dealer was contacted and informed of the problem who stated that the vehicle was over the mileage range where they would provide any assistance and there were no recalls for the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that the vehicle was over the warranty and there were no recalls. The failure mileage was 94,000.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #15

Jun 012011


  • 65,000 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna air bag lamp is flashing. Dealer says they need to replace the entire wiring harness and parts of the airbag system. Van has 70K miles. Numerous issues\complaints have been found on the internet. This is a known issue with a bulletin on a non-serviceable part. This should be covered by a defect\recall. How can replacement of the entire airbag wiring harness at 70K not be a defect. Replacing a part or two is one thing - but an entire wiring harness at $2,500!

- Hermitage, TN, USA

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