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2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,047 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Toyota Sienna seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 012015

Sienna

  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driver is not required to fasten seat belt due to a problem wiring or failure of the seat belt latch. Worried that the airbag will not deploy in a crash

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #8

Jul 212015

Sienna

  • 130,000 miles
Middle row passenger seat belt jammed and will not release it is locked. Unable to use seatbelt. We were on vacation at the time had to drive over a 1000 miles home without being able to use the seatbelt!! it had jammed several times before and after several tries I was able to unjam but this time not able to release it. Took to dealer today for the spare tire recall fix (been driving around with spare tire in my trunk unable to fold seats down and use van as needed for almost a year) and to have the seat belt repaired the service technician informed me that the seat belt assembly is broken this is a $496 (parts and labor) repair.!!! since this is a major safety issue I believe this should be recalled by Toyota. Part number #73301ae011B0

- Shrewsbury, MA, USA

problem #7

Jun 202014

Sienna

  • 133,000 miles
The passenger seat belt has folded over and jammed. It is not able to retract now. This is a safety hazard.

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #6

Apr 232014

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The front driver's seat belt became jammed and could not be released. I was 3 miles away from home and, after struggling for a while, had to drive home without wearing a seatbelt. We had to take apart the interior panel to fix the seatbelt. I have googled and apparently this is a common problem for the Sienna.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 012014

Sienna

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Sienna. The contacted stated that the front passenger's side seat belt became inoperable and would not retract. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnosis or repairs. The manufacturer had not been made aware of the problem.the approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Newton, MA, USA

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problem #4

Dec 092013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
The driver seat seatbelt keeps jamming, to the extent that it won't unjam.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 212013

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 82,316 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The driver side seat belt folds up on itself and won't release or retract. This is not the first time it's happened. Took it to the dealership on both occasions and was advised to not "yank the belt hard." Pillar cover was removed and seat belt was found to be "all twisted inside." It was "adjusted to normal operation;" however, it cost me $108 to get it fixed. I have never had this happen in any other car I have owned.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 012010

Sienna

  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that the rear passenger seat was occupied and the seat belt would not become loose around the passenger until the seat belt was unlatched. The seat belt had become extremely tight around the passenger. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The rear passenger side seat belt was replaced. After having the seat belt replaced, the contact noticed that the failure recurred whenever the seat was tilted in a reclined position. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where the contact was told that the vehicle was operating as designed. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 18,000 and the current mileage was 23,000.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 202008

Sienna

  • 8,108 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Sienna. While driving 55 mph, the contact found the second row seat belt wrapped around her child's stomach. The child could not be freed from the seat belt, and it continued to tighten around her stomach. The seat belt had to be physically cut in order to remove the child. The child was frightened, but uninjured. The failure mileage was 8,108. Updated 07/15/08. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer to have the repairs made. Updated 07/15/08

- Levitt Town, PA, USA

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