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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,793 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Toyota Tacoma seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 172009


  • 93,000 miles


I rear ended another vehicle on the interstate driving approximately 65mph, and my air bags did not deploy, luckily everybody had their seat belts on and nobody got hurt. I do not have a passenger turn off key for the air bag in the vehicle. I am told the truck will be totaled out due to the extent of the damage to the front end, the front cross member was bent.

- Klamath Falls, OR, USA

problem #5

Jul 162006

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,458 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 45 mph, an oncoming vehicle ran a stop sign and crashed into the contact's vehicle. A police report was filed. The vehicle had frontal air bags on both the driver's and passenger's side; however, neither deployed at the time of the crash. The contact sustained injuries to his back. The front driver's side was smashed into the body of the vehicle. The manufacturer stated that the air bags did not deploy because the entire front end needed to be smashed. The failure mileage was 20,458 and current mileage is 34,000. Updated 02-23-09 updated 02/24/09. Updated 02/24/09.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #4

Jan 142007

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
- the contact stated that airbag did not deploy. In March 2005 the contact was driving on a snowy road when the vehicle veered to the left on its own. He attempted to brake after leaving the road, and hit a telephone pole head on. The front license plate became embedded in the telephone pole. The vehicle received front end damage. The contact was travelling approximately 25-30 mph. The contact was wearing his seat bel, T and sustained minor injuries. The vehicle was towed away. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated no one investigated why the airbag did not deploy. The contact stated he believed the insurance company has pictures of the incident.

- Bostawen, NH, USA

problem #3

Jan 142006

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,200 miles


: the consumer was involved in a frontal impact collision and the airbags did not deploy. Although there was pre-braking prior to impact, the speed at that time was unknown. The consumer sustained minor injuries, but was not wearing a seat belt. The police were at the scene and a report was taken. The vehicle was unable to be driven from the scene. The insurance adjustor has not inspected the vehicle. Updated 03/09/06

- Morenci, AZ, USA

problem #2

Sep 122004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,100 miles
The consumer was involved in an accident and none of the air bags deployed.

- Lemoore, CA, USA

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problem #1

Jan 232004


  • 8,000 miles
Whiled riving at 45 mph vehicle was involved in a frontal collision. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained neck injuries.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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