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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,280 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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2001 Toyota Tacoma seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 092004

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles


2001 Toyota Tacoma airbag did not deploy in two separate accidents. The first accident occurred on June 9, 2004. The second accident occurred May 7, 2013. The first time, the consumer was rear ended. The second time, the consumer was hit, by another motorist who ran a light.

- Lawrenceburg, IN, USA

problem #4

Dec 312014

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. While driving approximately 50 mph, a deer jumped into the road and caused a crash. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 145,000. Updated 3/26/15 updated 03/30/15 updated 10/30/15

- Gordon , KY, USA

problem #3

Oct 312014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently causing the vehicle to crash into a pole and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #2

May 072013

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • miles
On 5/7/13 my Toyota Tacoma airbag did not deploy, was injured, and was not responsible for accident. Un-insured driver, 2008 Toyota Scion, was cause of accident, and Scion's airbag worked. 2008 Toyota Scion was received by mf auto on 4/4/13, purchased by yuka okuna, insured by geico on April 9, 2013 & re-insured on April 10, 2013 w/all state insurance (policy 4/10 to 10/10?), and police report stated amanda longley owned car & insured by safe auto. Yet insurance companies claim it is 'phantom or ghost driver' and not insured at all- not lawful in state of Indiana as proof of insurance is required" it appears bmv records maybe altered after police report- police verified information at scene of accident" additionally, noticed police report stated "safety equipment effective" was noted "yes" for Scion & Tacoma but my Toyota Tacoma airbag did not work properly- perceived unsafe product. Lastly, Tacoma Toyota was in a separate accident in 2004, not my fault (rear ended at around 35-40 mph), and airbag did not deploy- caused a lot of damages and injury. Toyota failed to provide a safe product and is a cause of loss in many ways- too many losses to detail. Toyota was informed in writing but failed to address product safety concerns adequately and appeared more concerned about brand reputation than safety of people? (see phi matrix for some reasons- linked to stock prices/brand/ design /beauty analytics).

- Confidential, IN, USA

problem #1

Apr 262004

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,400 miles
The driver's and passenger's side airbags failed to deploy during a collision where I was struck while driving. In addition to this accident I was also given a ticket in which the state trooper stated that the accident would not have occurred if the tires were not bad. Tacoma Toyota double cab truck, year 2001. I hydroplaned crossing the median in which an on-coming vehicle struck my vehicle.

- Hiram, GA, USA

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