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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,513 miles

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2006 Toyota Sienna seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #17

Aug 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles


Airbag light came on dash and stayed on; took to Toyota dealer to have checked. After $99 diagnostic was told "technician pulled dtc code B0111 open in side squib B circuit harness. Open in harness between right front side air bag and ECU. Advised us that airbag harness and air bag needed to be replaced; cost was $2,300." Service advisor called dspm who authorized coverage on parts only but that we would still have to pay for the labor; $800. Part numbers needed are 82162-08340 and 73910-AE031. This is a 2006 Sienna that we purchased used in February 2007. Currently have not repaired/replaced airbag harness and airbag as we were just notified yesterday about findings. Having gone on line and read about numerous other 2006 Sienna with same problem it appears to me that it should be covered by a recall as it is a very important safety factor that seems to have a major defect in the airbag harness and airbag. We will be watching the NHTSA database to see how this situation is concluded.

- Swansea, MA, USA

problem #16

Apr 062011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that when driving approximately 10-70 mph, the air bag warning light would illuminate intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic twice for the same failure. The dealer was notified and informed the front passenger side air bag was installed incorrectly during production. In addition, the technician informed the contact that air bag could inadvertently deploy or possibly not deploy during a crash. The dealer stated there was a shortage within the wiring system and the front passenger side air bag and wiring harness would need to be replaced. There was a technical service bulletin related to the defect under NHTSA item number: 10024292. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified regarding the problem and informed the contact that they would respond at a later date to whether they would be financially responsible for the repair. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Crozet, VA, USA

problem #15

Jun 272011


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact started the vehicle and the air bag warning symbol illuminated and began to flash. The warning indicator remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The failure occurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated the front air bag system would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and offered $500 towards the repair expense. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #14

May 202011


  • 50,000 miles


The 2006 Sienna has an airbag defect. The warning light comes on indicating that the airbag is faulty. Within 15 months the airbag assembly had to be replaced twice with the same part.

- Greenlawn, NY, USA

problem #13

Jun 102007


  • 3,718 miles
I have a 2006 Toyota Sienna le, which have airbag flashing & brake system problem. This airbag problem started within 6 months of purchase & 2 times it was fixed by Toyota dealer. But the problem is still exist. When even I make a complaint to dealer they are telling they can't find it. This airbag flashing light comes on when in driving & will stay for 1 hr. Or some times stay for 5 days etc.Toyota still not diagnose these my vehicle is less than 32,000 miles.once in every month airbag sign will get on. And braking issue still present.

- Bloomingdale, IL, USA

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problem #12

May 252011


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that as the vehicle was started, the seat belt warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel and would continue intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who informed the contact that the front driver side air bag and wiring harness assembly would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not made aware of the defect. The failure mileage was 99,000.

- Winton Salem, NC, USA

problem #11

Jan 262011


  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. He stated that the air bag light illuminated and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer advised that the air bag system had malfunctioned and would not deploy if the vehicle was involved in a crash. The dealer suggested replacing the entire frontal air bag system. The contact called the manufacturer and they stated they would look into the situation. The contact was awaiting a decision from the manufacturer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Byfield, MA, USA

problem #10

Jan 072011


  • 78,000 miles
I have a 2006 Toyota Sienna, never in an accident. At 78,000 the airbag light went on. They told me the system had a short in two places in the passenger side airbag and that I needed to replace the airbag entirely.

- Windham, NH, USA

problem #9

Sep 202010


  • 76,000 miles
The SRS indicator light began flashing on my 2006 Toyota Sienna on 09/20/10. The owner's manual states if this occurs, to take the vehicle to the dealership immediately. I was recently advised by cobb county Toyota that my airbag is defective and needs to be replaced for $2400. Since my 2006 Sienna has 76K miles on it, Toyota wouldn't cover it under the warranty. I asked how an unused airbag could be defective, I was told that it is an electrical component. That was the complete answer. So, I checked online. And, sure enough, hundreds of people all over the country are facing the same problem with their 2006 Sienna. And, no one has been able to explain the reason. I called the Toyota corporate office and the (no) customer service rep said that all she could do was document my concern. No manager could call or assist me. No one could send me a letter stating why an unused airbag is suddenly defective after only 4 years.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #8

Aug 012010


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Toyota Sienna. The front passenger air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The diagnosis located failure code B0111, the air bag wiring harness. The dealer stated that the entire air bag system needed to be replaced. Manufacturers report 1008162109 was filed. The manufacturer offered to pay some of the repair cost. The contact feels the manufacturer should pay the entire repair cost. The vehicle wasn't repaired. The VIN information wasn't available. The failure mileage was 90,010 and the current mileage was 96,000.

- Coluimbia , MD, USA

problem #7

Sep 102009


  • 68,000 miles


Front passenger airbag / light 1. the front passenger airbag light repeated is switched to the "off" position when an adult of average size and weight is seated in the passenger seat. 2. we often have to manually plug/unplug the wires underneath the seat to reset the airbag to switch to the "on" position, but this does not always work. We have not yet taken it to a dealership to have this corrected.

- Mooresville, IN, USA

problem #6

Jun 012010


  • 92,000 miles
In April, 2010 and June, 2010, my airbag light began flashing in my 2006 Toyota Sienna le, after I started my car. The diagnostic code was B0111. The first repair in April, 2010 was a $600 repair paid out of pocket because my car was out of warranty and my extended warranty did not cover air bags. Thankfully, my second repair was covered under the warranty of the first repair. This car is only 4 years old, and, although it has excessive miles, the air bag should not be malfunctioning at this point. In doing some research, I see that I am not the only one with this problem, and the 2006 Toyota 4runner has a recall for the same diagnostic code. To me this is inexcusable. Obviously there is a problem, and one that will not correct itself with replacing the airbag over and over again...

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 102009


  • 75,000 miles
Since December, 2009, my 2006 Toyota Sienna's airbag light keeps coming on, then going off, coming on, going off, etc. I took it to the dealership when it first happened and was told I needed a new driver's side airbag. I was told it would not be covered under warranty. Why would an airbag need replacing after only owning my van barely three years? I might add that while my van was still under warranty, they had to previously fix an airbag sensor. When I realized the light would go off and stay off (sometime for a week or more at a time), I called the dealership back (twice). The first time the lady said, "oh, it may come on again, but maybe you'll be lucky". what kind of answer is that" today, I again called the dealership, mentioning how many other people are having this exact same problem with their Toyota Siennas and the service guy claims to have not heard anything about it. The dealership claims I need to replace the entire airbag. If the entire airbag truly needed replacing, why would the warning light go off for a week or two at a time and come on and go off intermittently" and I also had a previous issue with the airbag while the van was still under warranty. I'm left wondering what the real problem is and the fact that I have now been on several different web sites where other people are complaining about the exact same thing makes me wonder if this should be a recall issue. This problem has been going on for 2-1/2 months.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 042010


  • 35,000 miles
I purchased a 2006 Toyota Sienna, new. In late 2007 the passenger airbag warning light came on. I took the van to the dealership. They checked and "recalibrated" the system to turn the light off. The light came on at least two more times in 2008. The dealership did not know why the light was coming on. A service rep. Told me that the sensor under the front passenger seat was being jarred and making the light come on. The dealership did say that there had been similar issues with other Sienna's and that a new part being sent to correct the problem. In addition, or as part of adding this corrective part, the dealership replaced the passenger airbag. The light illuminated again in early 2010. Again, I took the van in. The service rep. Checked the sensor wires under the front passenger seat. The light went off. I asked if the light illuminating meant that the passenger airbag would not deploy¿the service rep. Said possibly. I asked hypothetically, if I had to suddenly break and something rolled under my seat, hitting the wires, could it disconnect the front passenger airbag. He said yes. So, I asked if that disconnect would prevent the airbag from deploying, possibly in a crash following the sudden brake¿he said yes. I was thankful for the honesty, but frustrated none the less. The service rep. Did tell me that the airbag sensor problem was not only with my Sienna. He said this seemed to be an ongoing issue with the 2006 Toyota Sienna in general.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #3

Jun 152009


  • 40,000 miles
2006 Toyota Sienna - 40,000 miles. Involved in a frontal impact with a tree from a peak velocity of 40-45 mph to an estimated impact speed of 20-25 mph. The vehicle hit square in hood center, deforming everything backward symmetrically 1-1.5 feet. Insurance company classified vehicle as a total loss (damage > $16,000). Driver suffered multiple left arm injuries including wrist dislocation and fractured forearm bones - resulting because airbag never deployed. I have been in contact with Toyota customer service reps for a week and their explanation at first was that the impact speed was not great enough to deploy the airbags. After viewing the pictures, they changed their position to state that because it was a concentrated impact not centered about the impact sensor, and not an evenly distributed load impact, the sensors would not have deployed. Unacceptable. I asked the cs rep if we had hit the tree in the exact same spot at 100 mph, would the airbag have deployed and her answer was 'theoretically no'. whether this lack of deployment was by design or not, I feel this is a horrific impact protection philosophy. None of us would choose to be in an accident, and certainly none of us are going to have control over when and where and how fast and at what angle we will make impact. That is the definition of an accident. I guess I am inquiring about the legitimacy of this explanation to me by Toyota, and also about the regulations for impact sensor deployment. Would it not be wise to employ a third impact sensor at vehicle center, possibly with a higher detonation speed? that way it would not be activating every time there were a 5 mph bump in the grocery store parking lot, but would still deploy if subjected to the type of impact we have just seen. Thanks in advance.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 142009


  • 52,000 miles
On March 14, 2009 my husband hit a tree head on with the van while trying to avoid a deer. The airbag did not deploy. He hit his head on the steering wheel and broke a bone in his hand. The airbag tried to deploy but failed. Part of the section on the steering wheel in front of the airbag separated but the bag did not inflate.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 012009


  • 71,000 miles
2006 Toyota Sienna - air bag light flashing on dash. Dealer says needs both driver and passenger sensor replaced. Cost $995 Toyota will only cover repair to 60,000 miles - current mileage is 71,000 miles germain Toyota where vehicle was purchased sold us a fake ext warranty for 100,000 miles. If we were sold the Toyota warranty this problem would have been covered. Have contacted the Ohio ag office & Ohio dept of insurance.

- New Holland, OH, USA

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