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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,293 miles

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2009 Toyota Tacoma seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 122012

Tacoma

  • 26,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have exactly the same problem with read leaf springs as everybody else- the rear is sagging and and the front end is starting to rise(excessive tire wear) my truck has 66,000 miles and it only carries a 210lb vintage dirtbike 5 or 6 times a year. Do people have to start dying like GM's ignition switch before someone in the federal govt gets off their rear end and actually does their job? also spiral cable recall that could damage driver's airbag(cob (C1B) I have paperwork from Toyota and dealer stating the recall and now they are denying that one exists or ever existed. Also, when transmission shifts at low speeds(usually downshifting, clunk is heard in drive shaft) too much lash in rearend or junk U-joints. I have an aas in automotive technolgy and over 105 credits in automotive engineering. I'm not just blowing smoke. When I lived in nys, I had a vehicle inspection license and I would definitely fail many Toyota with these problems. No inspection sticker-no driving of vehicle.

- Richland, MI, USA

problem #7

Oct 262015

Tacoma

  • 76,000 miles
The driver's side rear air bag caught fire while the vehicle was parked in our driveway and not being used. The passenger compartment was completely destroyed from fire damage, smoke and soot. The vehicle has been totaled by our insurance company. The vehicle had approximately 76,000 miles and was otherwise in perfect condition.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 022014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 55,046 miles
Air bag light on, Toyota found dtc S B1785 occupant classification sensor front left collision detection, B1650 occupant system malfunction, zero point calibration and sensitivity check done but Toyota Hawaii says we need to replace front right seat sensor mat assy. Is that a safety issue and is this a manufacture defect? took to Toyota 3 times now for the same issue of the air bag light coming on. Please advise, thank you! both lens bulbs melt inner side of plastic parts on the headlights. Please advise if this is also a recall/defect.

- Waianae, HI, USA

problem #5

Jan 312013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Airbag warning light on and horn does not work. After researching, learned this is an airbag clock spring (otherwise known as a spiral cable) issue that has a related recall for 2005-2009 Toyota Tacoma under campaign number 12V-092. That recall applies only to 7 channel circuit spiral cables and not the 16 channel ones. The 7 channel circuits are steering wheels without the audio controls, where the 16 channel circuits have steering wheel audio controls. Toyota dealer wants to charge $400 for part, plus labor. Absolutely ridiculous when this is an obvious problem that is occurring regardless of the channel circuit type. My daughter has a 2008 Toyota Tundra with exact same problem.

- Rifle, CO, USA

problem #4

Nov 082013

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
The air bag sensor came on in my '09 Toyota Tacoma. The vehicle was brought to a mechanic and a diagnostic test was run. The diagnosis was a faulty air bag spiral cable. This identical issue forced a recall of 481,000 Tacoma, including '09 vehicles. However, I was told that my truck did not fall within the VIN # database that is covered by the recall. This is resulting in an out of pocket repair costing $500. I find it hardly coincidental the exact same design flaw that affected nearly 500,000 vehicles just popped up in my vehicle. Without spending the $500, my barely 4 year old truck will not pass inspection in the state of MA. I bought a Tacoma based on it's reputation for reliability. Currently I am breaking the bank just to make it legal to drive on the road.

- Springfield, MA, USA

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problem #3

Sep 162013

Tacoma

  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the clock spring had failed. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 12V092000 (air bags). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 155,000.

- Oxford, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 142009

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
The radio acts erratically and unpredictably. It changes stations, turns itself off and on, etc. Sometimes the controls, such as the volume, are non-responsive, so the radio cannot be turned down or off when needed. Since fiddling with the radio usually makes it eventually start working again, it is a distraction hazard. I have drifted over the yellow line trying to get it working again. The dealer has acknowledged the defect but refused to repair it. It is an ongoing problem. The dealer said it is a very common problem but Toyota will not provide replacement parts. I believe few people report it because the radio is not seen as a safety issue, but it is a serious distraction. The consumer stated the air bag light has been on for two years. Also, one of the leaf springs had broken in half.

- Juneau, AK, USA

problem #1

Oct 312009

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,300 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. In October 2009 while he was driving approximately 15 mph he lost control of the vehicle crash into a wall and the driver frontal air bag did not deploy. He didn't receive any injuries. The police report number is 9-13-02205886. On December 17, 2009 while driving approximately 15 mph the side air bag deployed without warning. He was not involved in an collision on that date. The has been diagnosing the vehicle since December 17, 2009. The dealer stated the air bag is not covered under the warranty. The estimated cost for repair was $6,000. He will contact the manufacturer. The current and the failure mileage were 7,300. Updated 02/17/10. Updated 02/18/10

- Coamo, PR, USA

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