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Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,978 miles

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2006 Toyota Sienna seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 10 of 13)

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problem #68

Dec 182009


  • 82,000 miles


Immediately after warranty work on driver side door, the airbag warning light came on (on the way home from dealer). Dealer claimed that there was no connection between their repair work and the airbag problem. They replaced the driver side airbag for total cost of $740. The warning light went out and stayed out for a few months. When it came back on the dealer said the wiring harness also needed to be replaced at cost of at a cost of $2,250. Almost $3,000 for the all the repairs. The dealer cannot explain why the part would fail, or why they replaced the airbag since it did not solve the problem. Failure occurred within the 60 months of the warranty but over the 60,000 miles. Dealer refuses to pay for any of the repairs. This vehicle has not been in any accident.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #67

Jun 102011


  • 100,112 miles
My air bag light blinks continuously. I have researched this topic on-line and have found that when this light blinks, it means the air bags will not deploy correctly in the event of an accident. There are hundreds if not thousands of complaints about the airbag wiring harness being defective, either under the passenger seat or drivers seat. Currently there are no recalls by Toyota to address this issue. This is a safety issue that needs to be rectified. It seems that while the 2006 model year Sienna is the primary vehicle with the problem, there are also some 2005, and 2007 model years with the same problem. The dealer wants $2000+ to fix this problem. There are stories of back orders on this part being up to 4 months. Toyota knows there is a problem, but now needs to step up to the plate and do a recall to fix this problem. I don't like driving a family vehicle that is supposed to be safe, but is not because of this fault in the airbag system. Very frustrating.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #66

Jun 102011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
We have a 2006 Toyota Sienna, and the SRS airbag light just began blinking. Took it to the dealership and they said the entire wiring harness needs to be replaced because of a faulty wire, and none of the airbags would deploy in the case of an accident. They want $3000 to replace. We are not going to fix until we call Toyota to find out if they plan on issuing a recall on this defect.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #65

May 202011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 66,792 miles


My 2006 Toyota Sienna with 66,000 miles on it has a faulty driver side air bag and harness. Toyota wants $3,325 to fix.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #64

May 162011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
2006 Toyota Sienna had flashing airbag light on dash in 2009 at 48K miles. Bad sensor was discovered by Toyota dealer service dept and repaired under warranty. 2 years later and 88K miles, airbag light flashing again and Toyota dealer service dept diagnoses an "open circuit" and cause being a faulty wiring harness for the airbag system. Estimated cost $1800 since vehicle is 6 months past warranty. I contacted Toyota for possible appeal to cover cost of repair of safety system. Have not heard back from Toyota if they will cover the cost of the repair.

- Burlington, WI, USA

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problem #63

May 012011


  • 69,000 miles
Air bag warning light flashes. Taken the car in twice already to fix it. Went on again last week. Now I am out of warranty.... hope they will fix it again since it is an ongoing problem. It is scary to drive the car if you think the air bag may go off at any time ! Toyota needs to tell the dealership how to fix this problem! isn't replacing the "part" two times enough already?? my car has 80K miles on it.

- Winnetka, CA, USA

problem #62

Apr 252011


  • miles


2006 Toyota Sienna (approx. 89,000 miles) suddenly had flashing airbag light come on April 25, 2011. Vehicle is single owner, personal use. Never involved in any accidents. Took to dealer, was told that air bag harness and front airbag wiring was bad, entire system would need replaced for about $2,400. Spoke with Toyota corporate office, they offered to by for 50% of repair. Had service manager at dealership contact district service parts manager to appeal for additional funding from Toyota, again was told that only 50% of cost would be covered by Toyota. This issue is related to faulty wiring/parts and not to mileage, which is what I am repeatedly told is the reason the repair is not covered (out of 5 year/60,000 mile warranty window).

- Eastlake, OH, USA

problem #61

Mar 302011


  • 69,653 miles
My wife started the car and the air bag light started flashing. So we looked up in the owner's manual and it said to bring the vehicle in asap because the air bags could deploy on their own. We took vehicle to miller Toyota in manassas, va and they repaired the vehicle by replacing 2 passenger side air bags and the harness at a cost of $2353.70 to us. SRS warning light continued flashing after start up. Dealer confirmed error code B0111. Passengers air bag and harness needs replaced. These items are covered with "updated parts" in a Toyota tsb 0162-10, dated 02/27/2008, covering Sienna model years 2004 through 2008. Over one hundred similar occurrences are found on various safety related and owner based internet sites. This is an obvious oem defect of a critical vehicle system that Toyota has been aware of for some time now.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #60

Apr 212011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The air bag light is flashing on my 2006 Toyota Sienna. It started flashing last year, then stopped for a number of months, and now it is flashing again. Other people have reported the same issue, and indicate that if this light is flashing, then the air bags will not deploy in a collision.

- Toronto, Ontario Canada, 00, USA

problem #59

Apr 042010


  • miles
The contact owns 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the air bag warning light would illuminate sporadically. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the complete seat harness for the front driver seat would need to be replaced in order to correct the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 68,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #58

Apr 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


Airbag SRS light began illuminating without any prior event. Van is currently at dealer awaiting service, harness wiring parts are on backorder. Dealer advises that "Toyota is really stepping up on this and has offered to pay for half the cost of the repairs = $1200".

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #57

Feb 152011


  • 83,000 miles
The air bag light began flashing a couple of month ago. I took the van to the dealer who told me there were two error codes and that since they weren't sure exactly what was wrong, the entire system would have to be replaced. Total: $4400 and change. The rep also told me he'd only heard of this happening once before, and his recommendation was that I simply trade it in and buy a new Toyota (of course). I have 8 payments left. It only has 83K miles and is five years old. The complaints about the 2006 Sienna air bags far outnumber the other problems with this van.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #56

Mar 252011


  • 69,150 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the SRS light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic test. The failure was located at the driver front and passenger side air bags wires. The dealer replaced the wires and air bags. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer would not assist with the repair cost. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 69,150.

- Manassas , VA, USA

problem #55

Mar 302011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 63,204 miles
2006 Toyota Sienna air bag light came on. Dealer has said passenger air bag and floor harness has a short and must be replaced. $3000. Car has only 63,000 miles on it - seems to be a faulty part issue.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #54

Mar 242011


  • 41,700 miles
During normal usage, SRS warning light on dash began flashing. Took to dealer and problem was diagnosed as B0111 - airbag wiring harness failure. Dealer has advised will order part to replace. Item is covered under 5 year / 60K warranty.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #53

Jan 012011


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The dealer advised the contact that the air bag and harness would need to be replaced. The contact did not inform the manufacturer nor was the vehicle repaired. The current mileage was 90,000 and the failure mileage was 88,000.

- Lorton, VA, USA

problem #52

Feb 092011


  • 65,000 miles
The air bag light on dashboard of our 2006 Toyota Sienna suddenly came on. Took to dealer and they indicated that the sensor was bad and it would require the whole seat to be replaced for around $3000. The internet revealed thousand of complaints regarding this safety issue.

- Kensington, MD, USA

problem #51

Feb 272011


  • 94,000 miles
TL- the contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact noticed that the air bag warning light suddenly illuminated intermittently. The dealer or manufacturer had not been notified nor was the vehicle diagnosed or repaired. The current and failure mileages were 94,000.

- Sedalia, CO, USA

problem #50

Feb 182011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles
Approximately 2 weeks before scheduled service, air bag light came on and remained lit. After normal maintenance service was performed, the dealer did not notify my that the air bag system was not functioning properly. I found this strange, since during other service events, we were solicited for recommended services. I performed some research and determined that there are others experiencing the same problems. I am concerned for my wife and kids, since this vehicle is our only form of transportation. I would think the dealer should act in good faith to notify me that there is a potential safety problem with my vehicle. Vehicle is almost five years old and out of standard warranty. Due to Toyota's recent track record. I believe an investigation is needed.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #49

Feb 222011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 74,978 miles
The air bag warning light is flashing. Per information online, this indicates a problem with the airbags -- either failing to inflate in a crash or inflating erroneously while driving. This seems like a very serious safety issue. Correction of the problem can cost up to $4,000 and should be considered a safety defect and subject to recall.

- Baden, PA, USA

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