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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 3 of 13)

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problem #208

Feb 042014


  • 98,000 miles


The air bag light comes on as expected when the van is started. Then instead of going out, it flashes the entire time the car is on. This happens intermittently. Sometimes if the van is shut off and restarted, the light will go out. But then a couple days later, it will flash again. I have no idea whether or not my airbags would actually deploy in the event of an accident. Research shows that this is a known issue that has happened to many other people. Repairs are expensive for van owners and the issue returns after repairs. Please consider an investigation of this issue. There are those of us who cannot afford thousands of dollars to even attempt to fix our vans, and we have no choice other than to drive our families around in unsafe vehicles with our fingers crossed that we don't get in an accident. Thank you!

- Farmington, MN, USA

problem #207

Sep 112013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that while completing a left turn, another vehicle crashed into the side of the contact's vehicle. The front air bags deployed but the side curtain air bags did not. The contact, and five passengers sustained head injuries from the impact and were transported to the hospital for treatment. A police report was not filed of the incident. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was not available.

- Sergeant Bluff, IA, USA

problem #206

Apr 012010

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The drivers air bags light gets on and off, but mainly keeps on. I took it to the dealer and said it was fine and the light was off all the time that they were checking it, but the problem continued.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #205

Aug 012006


  • 5,000 miles


The airbag light comes on even though the airbags have never been deployed. It goes off for a while then will come back on. Toyota will do nothing about it.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #204

Jan 212014

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 130,361 miles
I started up the van and the airbag light is blinking. I tried to unplug and replug yellow connecter put did not go away.

- Franklin, WI, USA

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problem #203

Jan 022012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Passenger side air bag light is on. And the bulletin code is dtcb0111.

- Boyds, MD, USA

problem #202

Dec 022011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 69,103 miles


The air bag light flashes all the time. I take it in and fix it every time I get maintenance done. They open the circuit in the right side squib circuit and adjust the pin fit connection on wire harness. Costs $60 to fix. It has been happening for years! I need to find someone that can tell me how to fix this myself! it stays off for about a day or two, sometimes a month or two. Then it starts blinking again.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #201

Dec 272013


  • 85,000 miles
The src airbag (curtain/side airbag) malfunction indicator went off. It has been below of recently. When I googled it, some people pointed it out to the yellow harness under the front seats. I wiggled it a little as some people suggested and the indicator light went away (I don't know if it may come back again). This is a major safety concern to me. Anyone could easily break the hardness when they pull the tray under seat. Or a car accident when your shoe could accidentally kick the hardness and break it, preventing the side airbag from deploying. It has to be a better way to protect the hardness. Especially here in Minnesota with below of the hardness get too cold and may become brittle.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #200

Dec 162013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 23,000 miles
Last week, the airbag warning light started flashing constantly while the car is running. A quick read of the owner's manual indicates a problem with the side or curtain airbags. More research on the internet indicates that this is a common problem with Siennas from 2006. This is a safety issue, and should be addressed by Toyota on a wide scale basis. My car is like new, not used much, never been in an accident and has 23000 miles. It is inexcusable for this to happen, and more inexcusable for the consumer to have to pay to fix it, considering that this appears to be a common safety issue with these cars. Please force Toyota to issue a recall, to deal with this problem fairly, for affected owners.

- Woodmere, NY, USA

problem #199

Dec 162013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
The air bag light is blinking, indicating the side curtain air bags are not functioning. There is a tsb on this, #0069-12. A search indicates many problems with this that appear related to a defect in the vehicle wiring. This should be recalled and fixed by Toyota.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #198

Dec 112013


  • miles


The driver side airbag light blinks on/off, indicating problems with the airbag. According to my research, this is a common problem with the 2006 Sienna that Toyota is aware of.

- South Jordan, UT, USA

problem #197

Dec 092013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
My air bag light went on. It was traced by the sealer to a faulty wire under the from passenger seat. The issue is that there is a drawer right there and the drawer often gets stuck and interferes with the wiring. The wiring is very exposed and can easily get broken! the is a design flaw that affects the safety of this vehicle and should be recalled! I have seen many, many complaints about this issue from similar owners of this vehicle. For example, see: I ended up spending a lot of money fixing this, but it really needs to be resolved by Toyota.

- Teaneck, NJ, USA

problem #196

Oct 252005


  • 22 miles
Brand new 2006 Toyota Sienna brought in for flashing airbag light. Told loose connector under driver's seat. Dealership rest. Light started flashing again while deployed overseas. Upon return from overseas assignment, airbag light still flashing, not under warranty anymore and repair would be $3,000. Told airbags may not deploy and will fail state safety inspection. This is a safety issue and Sienna's need to be recalled to correct this major safety issue. Thousands of consumers have same issue on Sienna's. it is not right that consumers have to pay for a Toyota design issue repair that could result in death of family.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #195

Nov 082013


  • miles
SRS warning light stays solid on.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #194

Oct 072011


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The contact took vehicle to the dealer where a diagnostic test was performed and the dealer stated that a rusted cable caused the air bag light to illuminate. The vehicle was repaired but the repair did not remedy the defect. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Walton Hills, OH, USA

problem #193

Sep 262011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
After installing new battery, air bag light goes off intermittently. Vehicle involved in 2 accidents, but no one ever cleared the air bag light. Moving front seats back and forth also affect the air bag light. Eventually light went out and assumed everything okay. Movement of seats have brought the light back on and this time, stays solid. Failed state inspection for the air bag light. Codes found B0111 and B0150. Reseated connectors under the passenger seat = no change. Wiring under seats is substandard and poorly designed. It is easy to see how the wiring can become easily damaged during normal use. No protective casings around connectors to protect the wires from accidental bumping/corrosion. Something needs to be done about this recurring problem. Very poor quality assurance in this vehicle.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #192

Aug 082012

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
My 2006 Toyota Sienna van has an SRS light that intermittently comes on. I have seen no resolution from Toyota. I understand that the SRS is disabled when the light is on, thus a safety issue.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #191

Oct 222013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
Air bag indicator light has begun flashing on the dash under no extraordinary circumstances. When ignition is started the light comes on and blinks at a slow rate until the car is turned off. Air bags have never deployed on this vehicle.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #190

May 012013


  • 95,000 miles
There was no accident, the SRS warning light came on, blinking, indicating an issue with the system. I took it to my dealer, was quoted a repair of $1600 for a new wire harness. I declined. I researched online for several days and found that this is a very common issue with this particular Toyota make and model. Often people get the repair done and the light comes on within days. This is a safety issue and an issue with the design of the car, not user error. I have never been in an accident, the airbags have never been deployed, so I can't understand why normal use would cause such an expensive repair. Toyota needs to do a recall of this make and model or provide a fix that will work. The wire harness for this model is under the front seats, which get moved and jostled daily. The passenger seat has a bin that slides in and out directly above the wires for the SRS! I have jostled the wires and the light goes off. So now I don't know if my airbags even work. The dealer wants $150 just to tell me yes or no on that. Please look through your records to find more of these complaints as I know they have been filed. Here are a few websites where people are discussing the issue:

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #189

Feb 072012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that whenever starting the ignition, the air bag warning indicator remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and they detected a problem with the air bag. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Dahlonega, GA, USA

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