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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,260 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.

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2004 Toyota 4Runner seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 052005


  • miles


I have a Toyota Tacoma 4 door 4 cly pick up..I was on the internet and just notice a recall about brakes, ,is my truck included in this recall? and another I have never got any letter or anything telling me about any recalls on my truck and I see here there has been recall for front ball joints and crack frames, ,,seat belt problems..I was in what do I do can they still fix any problems if any and check my truck..thank you

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 152012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that the front seat passenger attempted to remove the seat belt and noticed the lock would not release. The passenger was able to pull the seat belt under herself and maneuver herself out of the seat. The dealer was made aware of the failure and advised the seat belt buckle to be cleaned. The failure continued after cleaning the buckle numerous times. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Bamberg, SC, USA

problem #3

Oct 272010

4Runner 8-cyl

  • 76,500 miles
The passenger seatbelt in the Toyota 4runner tears. The 3rd seatbelt in the 4runner I own is tearing and will have to be replaced for the 4th time. Each time the dealership charges for a new seatbelt and installation. The passenger seatbelt is not used daily. This is a severe safety concern! yesterday I met a person that has a 2006 rav and that vehicle has a torn passenger seat belt. I question if in a crash if anyone in my 2004 4runner would be safe! what can be done to make Toyota conform to make their seatbelts safe?

- Kailua-Kona, HI, USA

problem #2

Oct 072010


  • 71,800 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota 4runner. While the vehicle was parked he noticed that 85% of the front passenger seat belt was torn. He ordered a seat belt from a company other than the dealer and it was installed by a certified Toyota technician. Four days later, 90% of that seat belt was torn. Only a quarter of an inch of the seat belt was connected. The second seat belt failure was not repaired. The failure mileage was 71,800 and the current mileage was 73,369

- Kailua-Kona, HI, USA

problem #1

Dec 012008


  • 63,000 miles
Seat belts in rear of two Toyota vehicles failed to engage latch. This occurred in both the 2004 Toyota corolla and the 2004 Toyota 4-runner. This is a safety concern as the passenger is forced to ride unsecured in the vehicle. This also face the driver to violate state law. I find it ironic that the same belt is used on both vehicles and both vehicles have the same problem.

- Collierville, TN, USA

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