Notes: Although it has a stellar record in terms of vehicle problems, initially the 4th generation (2003 - 2009) 4Runner didn't earn our top "Seal of Awesome" rating because it received poor crash test ratings for rear impacts. However it's proven to have one of the lowest driver death rates out of all vehicles (not just SUVs), so we've bumped it back up to our top award.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,500 miles

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2003 Toyota 4Runner seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 082010


  • 15,000 miles


I have a crack in the dash 1 foot long above the passenger airbag only 15000 miles on truck. Alot of other post are on the internet with same crack or more. It has always been garaged. I am worried that something will spill and short the airbag. For a truck drove so little and always in the dark this should not happen. Toyota place 9670 trask av garden grove ca asked Toyota to replace it they said it was a defect. Anika from Toyota came to look at a showroom condition truck and said no it is out of warranty. I would have to pay to replace it if I am worried about it. It would be $1000. I do not have the money at this time. They do not care. Called Toyota on same day they said anika said no so that is as good as in stone nothing more to talk about. This is the new Toyota money over safety.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 232010

(reported on)


  • miles
2003 4runner. Consumer states front end collision in which airbags did not deploy. The consumer stated his wife has a permanent neck injury.

- Unknown, DC, USA

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