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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 2 of 13)

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problem #228

Jun 042014


  • 140,000 miles


The driver's air bag light blinks on and off. The issue was traced to drivers seat wiring. The seat wires are easily exposed. The wires get in contact with the driver's foot causing damage to the wires. This leads to a problem detecting a wight on the seat that in turn enables the air bags.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #227

May 192015


  • miles
The SRS warning light comes on and off intermittently. I have read many online forums and this seems to be a common problem. I am hoping a recall will be issued for the safety of my family and all the other families out there with similar issues. I am usually able to fix it by jiggling the wiring under the driver and passenger seats.

- Columbus, MS, USA

problem #226

May 222015


  • 64,855 miles
Airbag light blinking for passenger side. Happened before. Kaiserslautern, germany Toyota dealership said if it happens again that airbag may have to be replaced and it would cost 1,500 to 2,000 dollars. Safety should be not expire within 3-5 year warranty. Should be lifetime until owner owns/has the vehicle. Should be fixed/replaced with no charge. On a different topic, the wheels/rims is another issue. It bubbled/corroded and Toyota said not covered under warranty. Constantly losing air before I bought new aftermarket wheels. Should have been fixed/replaced by Toyota also. Btw, daytime phone is address in Chicago. My number for germany is 011 49 6371 56000351.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #225

Feb 152008


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. While parking the vehicle, it accelerated independently without warning and crashed into the contact's residence. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries reported. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The vehicle was repaired for the damages, but the failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Greenwich, CT, USA

problem #224

Mar 272015

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 128,800 miles
Air bag warning light started flashing indicating a problem with the side air bags. My internet research reveals that this is a very common problem with the 2006 Toyota Sienna, Toyota has issued two technical service bulletins but they refuse to correct the problem with out making extensive charges to their customers. My vehicle has been through normal use and never in an accident.

- Nine Mile Falls, WA, USA

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problem #223

Mar 132015

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 95,500 miles
On March 13, 2015 driving on I-95 South in a 2006 Toyota Sienna van the cruise control would not disengage when the brakes were applied approaching an exit ramp. The vehicle would not slowdown in spite of pressing the brake pedal as hard as possible. Moving the control lever forward to disengage the function was also not successful. The exit ramp was inclined so the cruise control accelerated the engine in an attempt to maintain our speed at 70 mph. The vehicle went thru a stop sign, bounced off the guard rail and came to a sudden stop with the engine not running. The impact destroyed the right side of the vehicle and the stopping was so abrupt that the cell phone (in my shirt pocket)flew out ripping the pocket off the shirt. Neither the front nor the side air bags were deployed. Skid marks made by the vehicleż's right front tire (and possibly the rear right tire) prior to and after hitting the guard rail indicate the brakes were working on at least this side. Skid marks attributable to the left hand tires were not noticed.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #222

Mar 012015


  • 150,000 miles


The SRS warning light on my 2006 Toyota Sienna went on. On checking with Toyota service, I was told that it would cost me $624/- to fix the problem. They had reported that there was a B0111 (opening in switch core error) that happened. This is a safety issue with the Toyota Sienna and must be part of a factory recall. There are numerous other folks with similar complaints on the Toyota Sienna 2006 model. Please see regards, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #221

Jan 282015


  • 148,964 miles
My wife stated that when she started up the van, the airbag light came on and stayed flashing the entire time she was driving. I checked for myself and found the same issue. I referenced the owners manual which stated that it needs to be taken to service immediately.

- Cedar Falls, IA, USA

problem #220

Dec 122014

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles
Driving my daughter home from school the SRS indicator light came on in dashboard and began flashing. This is the "drivers side" indicator, not the passenger side indicator located beneath the clock.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #219

Jun 142013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles
My airbag light came on. I took it to a Toyota dealership for repair. They ordered the part, but then also informed me I needed a new water pump. I had the water pump repaired, then several weeks later the airbag part came in, but I didn't have the money to have it repaired. I still have the part. Now there is a recall on some Toyota models, but I did not find a recall specific to my vehicle. I think my vehicle should maybe be included in this recall. What do I need to do? I do not have the money to have the airbag part installed and repaired. Just let me say I love, love, love my 2006 Sienna. I will keep it until it dies.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #218

Nov 032014

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


The airbag light began blinking. I took it to the dealership for a diagnosis and was told that both air bags would need to be replaced at a cost of nearly $1,500. Our Sienna only has 86K miles on it and has not been in an accident. From my research, this air bag problem with this particular vehicle has garnered several complaints. It is my opionion that this is a known issue at Toyota and should be subject to a recall.

- Prairie Village, KS, USA

problem #217

Aug 042014

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles
The driver airbag comes on and off periodically.

- Harvey , IL, USA

problem #216

Nov 032014


  • 155,000 miles
The air bag warning light started flashing.

- Kendall Park, NJ, USA

problem #215

Nov 012014

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Was involved in a mvc where the vehicle went off the road, the front end hit first over an embankment, and then the vehicle proceeded to roll multiple times. There were no airbags to deploy, yet the airbag sensors on the front of vehicle were smashed flat? there wash total loss of the vehicle. Requesting an investigation of the vehicle airbags as to why they did not deploy. Vehicle has already been released to salvage yard by the insurance company but a "hold" has been placed on the vehicle pending an investigation.

- Ridgeview, WV, USA

problem #214

Jul 152014

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Airbag warning light has been on since approximately mid July 2014. I received a warranty enhancement notice from Toyota (regarding a side airbag connector may have been improperly manufactured in 2006 Sienna) which requested that I contact a Toyota dealership to determine if this condition is covered by the warranty enhancement "at no charge to you" particularly if the airbag light is on. When I called two different dealerships to check the vehicle, both dealerships told me I had to pay over $100 for the testing. The second dealership said they would cover the fee for the testing only and if the problem was the one listed on the warranty-but I would not know that until after the testing was done-so they would charge me for the screening after the testing ruled out a side airbag connector issue-over $100. I called the Toyota number listed on the warranty several times and spoke with Toyota representatives but they ultimately stated my issue was with the dealership-not Toyota. They refused to put me through to a supervisor only "colleagues". I do not think I should pay anything to be screened for this issue and when I reread the warranty that is what it clearly indicates-" no charge".

- North Kingstown, Ri, RI, USA

problem #213

Oct 172014


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. While stopped at a traffic light with the brakes engaged, the vehicle accelerated independently. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000...updated 04/23/15...updated08/20/15

- Dallas , TX, USA

problem #212

Mar 172010


  • 48,500 miles
Air bag SRS sensor light flashing intermittently flashing off and on. This is a life/safety issue, as I do not know if I can rely on my SRS system to properly function or not. It is also extremely agitating and distracting when driving overnight and/or on long distances, to have a dashboard warning light flash off and on. The SRS light was first observed flashing several times in March 2010, but then stopped. It started flashing again while on a cross-state trip in December 2010. As I had, my wife and two young children in the van, I immediately pulled off the road and called the dealership (Toyota of richardson, richardson tx). I was advised at that time that it would be safe for me to continue with my trip. When I returned home, I took the car to the dealership. The dealer took no action stating on the service ticket the SRS light was ""?not flashing today"?". to date, the SRS light continues to flash on and off at weeks or months at a time. From the internet, I recently learned that a tsb #284073 (NHTSA action number: 10034130) was issued by Toyota to its dealerships back on June 23, 2010 (six months before I brought the vehicle in), as well as three earlier tsb's (EL001-08, tsb-0252-08 & tsb-0162-10) all related to SRS lamp/sensors. To date, I still do not know if I have a properly functioning SRS system. I also note that of the 684 complaints currently registered with the NHTSA, involving the 2006 Toyota Sienna, more than one-third (33%) of those complaints (234) involve the air bag sensor/light issue. In July 2013, my van was involved in a rear-end collision. The air bag did not deploy. Was its failure to deploy due to the nature/intensity of the impact, or the fact that the SRS system is not properly functioning? I have no assurance it works properly. At this late date, I guess I'll simply be complaint #685. Thank you

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #211

May 072014


  • 79,529 miles
TL - the contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. While attempting to drive the vehicle, the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 79,529. Jcc

- Rochester, PA, USA

problem #210

Jun 102014


  • miles
2006 Toyota Sienna air bag light is lit. Possible air bag malfunction. Received a letter from Toyota to make an appointment to fix the problem, but they want you to pay for the diagnostic test if the part they deemed to be defective is ok. This has not yet led to any crash, injury, etc. If there is a problem with the air bag system, and Toyota is aware of the problem, and they are as evidenced by the letter received, then these cars should be recalled and fixed with out charge to the consumer.

- Danielsville, PA, USA

problem #209

Apr 142014

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles
Airbag light came on so I took my car to the Toyota dealership. I was advised that my airbag wiring harness system needs to be replaced. The van has 79K miles and it was only covered for 3 years/36K miles. How is an unused airbag defective" where is the consumer safety" should be a lifetime guarantee especially since the airbag was unused. Why should my family be at risk for the product that hinders its usability for the purpose for which it was designed for.

- Coatesville, PA, USA

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