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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,054 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Toyota Tacoma seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 152015


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the front driver, front passenger, and rear passenger seat belts failed to buckle and required excessive force. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the seat belt failed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised that the VIN was not included in any recalls. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Tamuning, GU, USA

problem #8

May 022015

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 132,742 miles
Both the driver's side and passenger side seat belt have various problems - fraying, jamming, too short, not retracting, not extending. Dealer wants $500 to repair the driver's side alone. This is too much. They should fix it for free or a reasonable price considering nit is faulty and should have been recalled.

- Roswell Ga, GA, USA

problem #7

Mar 012014


  • 166,745 miles
I bought this truck in March 2014 and I have had nothing but problems with the driver seat belt shredding or fraying and because of that I cant pull the seat belt through to hook it. I also notice the front passenger seat belt is also starting to come apart to. I called Toyota main office and they said they cant do nothing about it. I want Toyota to replace both front seat belts. I have seen a few complaints regarding the driver seat belt on this web site.. I have had only Toyota cars and trucks forever.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 262013

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • miles


My seat belt are defective. I am so used to wearing them. I bought the vehicle used and have since found out there is a recall on the seatbelt. I would like them replaced for safety reasons if possible. Thanks

- Kosciusko, MS, USA

problem #5

Mar 082004


  • 90,000 miles
Not long after my basic warranty expired, I had fraying in my seat belt that was to the point it didn't pass inspection. I took it to a Toyota dealer in waco, Texas, and they agreed to replace the belt free despite the mileage. Almost a year later, the same problem occurred. I went back to that dealer and they replaced it free even though they didn't have the obligation. About two years later, the same occurred. I have managed to get the truck inspected but I need badly to repair the belt, but I cannot afford it. Although the wear is near the waist, where one figures any fraying might take place, belt after belt should not happen. Also, my floor mat on the driver's side came loose a couple of years ago and it occasionally will bunch up and hit my accelerator and will on other times bunch up under my clutch and I am unable to shift into reverse.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

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problem #4

Jan 012002

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Driver's side seat belts are abnormally frayed, below the buckle. Passenger side are slightly frayed as well, but not as severely. Dealer inspected and said there are no recalls. Similar vehicles I have owned that are older and have many more miles have never had this problem, therefore I am sure this is not normal wear and is likely unsafe if an accident should occur.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #3

Dec 012006


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Toyota Tacoma. While parked, the contact noticed that the driver side seat belt was shredding and tearing. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician advised that the seat belt would have to be replaced. The seat belt was replaced and after the repair, the seat belt began to shred and tear again. The vehicle was not further repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 102006


  • miles
I have a 1998 Toyota Tacoma truck and have no complaints except the seat belt came out and will not go back in and I fasten the seat belt but I know that it needs to have a new one on it. Tried to find one but have not found one. Where could I get one to put on it that would not cost so much. I'm on a fixed income since my husband died recently.

- Robbins, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 231998

(reported on)


  • miles
Front restraint belts are not long enough for the vehicle, and the dealer tells consumer to pay for extentions if they don't fit.

- Graniteville, SC, USA

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