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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Toyota Tacoma seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 102010

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • 56,000 miles


Airbag warning light has been flashing for about 6 months. This is a 2002 Tacoma extended cab pick-up truck with 56K miles. Dealer says $200 to diagnose. Costs to remedy airbag problem could be as much as $500 to $600, perhaps more. Dealer states airbag will not deploy but is not sure of what is really the problem until the diagnosis is completed. My question is; why this problem with a truck with low mileage and taken to dealer since new for all required maintenance.

- Tower Hill, IL, USA

problem #5

Aug 282009


  • miles
My mother was recently involved in a car wreck where she was hit on the drivers side. She was driving a 2002 Toyota Tacoma and the drivers side airbag did not deploy. She was seriously injured in the wreck. I would like to know what can we do about this.

- Cochran, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 092006

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 205,000 miles
: the contact stated the frontal airbag sensors pick up radio transmitters. The dealership determined the airbags have a global positioning sensor and a secret surveillance device, which caused the radio transmissions. The manufacturer has been alerted.

- Satellite Beach, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 172003

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Topic:" Drivers-side airbag failure.nfortunately, I was in an accident, which I was cited. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. I impacted the rear of a stattionary car at approx. 50mph and my airbag failed to deploy. I thank the lord nobody was hurt. But, what if someone was injured, the manufacturer would clearly be liable. I contacted the manufacturer about the incident. Thier representative reported the sensors were not triggered, therefore, the air bag did not deploy. I feel this is an insufficient explaination and I need further information.

- Elizabethtown, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 022002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While traveling 60 mph at night, the driver didn't judge the distance of traffic due to improper sign illustrations by road company. Driver had impact of left front which neither air bag deployed. The truck has been totaled from the insurance company due to the extent of damage. The driver received facial, hand, neck and back injurys.

- Greenwood, CA, USA

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problem #1

Apr 012002


  • miles
I was involved in a accident on the freeway, I was stopped in traffic when I was hit from behind and forced into the vehicle in front of me, there was alot of damage done to my vehicle and the other vehicles involved. I have concerns about my air bags not deploying. I was hit in the are maked in my owners manual that informs you as to where the area would have to be hit for them to deploy, I was also trveling at a speed that would have been sufficent for them to deploy. I recieved minor injuries, just a lot of brusies and muscle strains, but none the less if it had been a more sevire accident it would be nice to know that the air bags are funcitional.

- Maricopa, AZ, USA

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