really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,554 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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2002 Toyota Celica seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Toyota Celica Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 062014

Celica 4-cyl

  • 165,000 miles


Car was traveling @ 50 mph ( posted speed for the road). He sneezed, when he looked up the cars suddenly stopped in front of him. He rear ended the car in front of him going 50 mph. No airbags deployed. The entire front end was crushed. The engine was shoved in. The car is totaled. But not 1 airbag went off. Both are bruised from the seat belts & both driver and passenger have whiplash. I am thankful they were wearing seat belts but very concerned the airbags didn't perform as expected. Both the clean-up crew & officer at the seen were shocked that the airbags did not deploy....updated 07/23/14

- Hudson, NH, USA

problem #4

Apr 152013


  • 118,000 miles
Daughter (17) lost control of car in a curve due to wet roads and speed. The car spun then struck a tree head on. The car was a total loss. The impact was great enough to bust the radiator and kill the motor but neither air bag deployed. My younger daughter (15) was in the passenger's seat. Both girls were wearing seatbelts. Luckily there were no major injuries.

- Cowpens, SC, USA

problem #3

Oct 112004

Celica 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A 2002 Toyota Celica, driven by our 16 year old daughter, exiting off of I-295-designated speed- 65 mph, was exiting onto I-10 eastbound ramp, and unable to slow down, lost control of her vehicle, and hit a light pole. The air bags did not deploy. Upon examination of the car at nimnicht Cadillac on blanding blvd, it was found that the car had brake failure which caused the accident.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 162004

Celica 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,770 miles
My airbags failed to deploy after I hit a gaurd rail head on doing 45-50 mph. I have also seen several other complaints for this modle of car, because there airbags didn't deploy.

- Lockport, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 142003


  • miles
While driving at 40 mph vehicle was involved in a head on collision and air bags did not deploy.

- Steep Falls, ME, USA

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