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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,863 miles

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2008 Toyota Tacoma seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #19

Sep 062016

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. While driving approximately 70 mph, the air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the spiral cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 12V092000 (air bags); however, the failure recurred a year later. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 109,000. Updated 11/17/16 the consumer stated the spiral cable was replaced in 2015, by Toyota under recall. However, in spetember 2016, the cable failed. The dealer informed the consumer, it would not be free of charge, because it had been replaced previously. Updated 11/17/16.

- Hooksett, NH, USA

problem #18

Apr 292016


  • 110,000 miles
Airbag clockspring spiral cable assembly failed. Make, model, and year covered under recall 12V092000 but not this VIN. Problem started with volume control on steering wheel stopped working. About 2 months later the airbag warning light started to intermittently come on while driving. Soon after this all the electrical steering wheel controls including horn and cruise control stopped working and the airbag light was on continuously. I removed airbag and steering wheel and found the ribbon cable inside the clockspring assembly completely severed (see photo). I installed a new clockspring P/N 843060E010 and everything is now working.

- Snohomish, WA, USA

problem #17

Oct 232015


  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. While driving at 65 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact was informed that the clock spring in the driver side frontal air bag housing needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V092000 (air bags). The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

- Naugatuck, CT, USA

problem #16

Jul 102015


  • miles


The contact owned a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. While driving at approximately 40 to 50 mph down a narrow road, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch. The air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact mentioned that all three passengers sustained unknown injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was not available.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #15

May 022014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
My driver side air bag warning light is on all the time. This happened after the spiral cable recall. My dealer told me that the computer is bad. I feel the computer is doing its job telling something is wrong. Is it possible the cable they installed was defective? the vehicle has only 23000 miles. The estimate they gave me was $1200 for the computer. I need some advice and help. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Kingshll, VI, USA

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problem #14

Dec 062014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact crashed the vehicle into a tree in order to avoid a deer in the rain and the air bags failed to deploy. In addition, the seat belt separated from the frame. A police report was filed. The contact sustained injuries to the forehead that required medical attention. The condition of the vehicle was not determined. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 145,000. Updated 02/02/15 updated 6/8/2015

- Aylett, VA, USA

problem #13

Nov 172014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


This Toyota Tacoma slid downgrade on black ice and there was no airbag deployment despite an end-for-end, backwards, downhill flip initiated at 40 mph, that caused the full weight of the vehicle to impact on the front bumper, dislocating all front bumper attachments from the front cross member of the vehicle's frame. This vehicle is at a salvage yard awaiting action by the insurance carrier... updated 12/17/14

- Saint Marys, WV, USA

problem #12

Sep 022013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Without any warning or other indication, as I was driving, the red seat belt light came on and would not go off even after all passengers were wearing seat belts. I took it to a shop where they were unable to pull up a code for the light and stated they could not find a reason for the light to remain on. I contacted the dealership where I purchased the vehicle and they were unable to assist or find a reason stating that it was my problem and I would need to pay for any repairs to the component. Recently, during a U joint repair, the shop I take my vehicle's to warned me that the airbag would not deploy if I were to be involved in an accident. They stated that the red indicator light is showing me that there is not an active airbag system. I'd like to know if there is a pattern with this particular make or model as there seems to be quite a few issues with Toyota truck models at the moment. My daughter also drives a 2006 Tacoma and was reimbursed for her spiral cable repair expenditure.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #11

Mar 032014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the air bag sensor illuminated. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 12V092000 (air bags) and stated that the parts were not available. The dealer did not provide a specific date as to when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 032014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer writes in regards to distance to dealership for several recall repairs.

- Eagle Harbor, MI, USA

problem #9

Jan 262014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 263,000 miles


Air bags did not deploy in frontal crash.

- Contoocook, NH, USA

problem #8

Oct 032012


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that he received notification of NHTSA campaign id numbers: 09V388000 (vehicle speed control:accelerator pedal) and12V092000 (air bags:frontal). The contact stated that he took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection and recall repairs but the dealer would not repair the vehicle because the vehicle was purchased in Hawaii. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that he would have to have the vehicle repaired in Hawaii. The failure mileage was 16,000.

- Fort Huachuca, AZ, USA

problem #7

Nov 182009


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the air bag warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 98,000.

- San Clemente , CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 142012

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Has 62,000 and air bag warning light in cluster illuminated constantly, never in an accident.

- Boulder City, NV, USA

problem #5

Dec 062011


  • 60,396 miles
Air bag (SRS) light came on and stayed illuminated. After doing a little research, found this was a common problem with a lot of Tacoma. Most said it was do to a faulty clock spring. No modifications have been done to the truck. Have not taken it to the dealer yet.

- Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #4

Oct 102011


  • 106,000 miles
My 08 Toyota Tacoma has airbag light on and dealer wants to charge $490 to replace spiral cable. This is a safety problem caused by a faulty part there should be a recall!

- Oakland, GA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012011


  • 76,000 miles
Air bag light came on while driving at approx: 76,000 miles and has stayed crash, bump or anything. Was on smooth highway driving.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 202011


  • 58,000 miles
Airbag light came on due to spiral cable failure.

- Henderson, KY, USA

problem #1

Jan 092011


  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. The contact was driving 48 mph when the vehicle ran over some black ice causing the contact to lose control. The vehicle rolled over four times before coming to a stop. The vehicle was ruled destroyed. The police stated they were surprised that the air bags did not deploy. Neither the frontal nor side impact air bags deployed. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage and current mileages were 28,000.

- Mapleton, UT, USA

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