really awful
Crashes / Fires:
19 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
22 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,025 miles

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2005 Toyota Prius seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Nov 032015


  • 177,482 miles


I'm concerned because my vehicle's airbags did not deploy during a crash wherein I collided with a car turning left in front of me at approximately 35-40 mph. The front end crumpled and my driver and passenger doors do not fully open due to the damage to the frame of the car. The car is currently being inspected with regard to determination of a likely total loss. While I understand airbags don't always deploy, I felt that this might be a case where they should have deployed.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #27

Nov 232011


  • 27,773 miles
1) sudden unexpected acceleration 2) steering shaft severed 3) drivers side air bag inoperative along with all steering wheel mounted controls

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #26

Jul 102014


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. While driving at approximately 25 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated on and off. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the main wiring harness needed to be replaced and not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Missoula, MT, USA

problem #25

Jul 312015


  • 280,000 miles


The contact owned a 2005 Toyota Prius. After the vehicle was parked and turned off, it suddenly accelerated to 65 mph without warning and crashed into a retention wall. The front air bags did not deploy. No injuries were reported and a police report was not filed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to the contact's residence. The approximate failure mileage was 280,000.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #24

Mar 112015

Prius 4-cyl

  • 93,674 miles
The airbag indicator light on the dashboard of my Prius came on and would not go off. On 3/14/2015, I took the Prius to a dealership for a diagnostic check. I was told by the technician that both the drivers and passenger side squib airbag harness would need replacement at a cost of $4,373.07. There was no accident or any outside force to cause the problem. It appeared out of the blue when I started the car on the morning of 3/11/2015. The car is otherwise in near perfect condition.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

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problem #23

Dec 192014


  • 100,000 miles
Stopped at a stop sign. Pulled into intersection of arterial. Didn't see crossing traffic. Collided with crossing vehicle. Entire front end of Prius hit rear quarter panel of pickup truck. The front end of the Prius was completely destroyed. Any and all airbags failed to deploy in Prius.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #22

Jul 212010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


The airbag warning light came on and would not go off about 3 or 4 years ago, so I took it to the Toyota dealer who did something and reset it. It stayed off for about a year or so then came back on. I took it back to the dealer again who said the diagnostic said it was malfunctioning and that I needed to bring it back to replace some expensive part. I was on the way back to the dealer, when the light went out. The tech did the diagnostic again and said there was nothing wrong with it. The light stayed out for about another year or so and came on again a couple of weeks ago and won't go out. This time however, I have also noticed that the top of the dash on the passenger side has been pushed upward under the "SRS air bag" phrase. This is concerning since the same thing has happened in the exact same place on the other 2005 Prius that I own. I contacted Toyota corporate who responded that there are no recalls on my cars and that for the most part, my cars were out of warranty. The rep said that she would document my report and that I should take them back to the dealer for inspection. This is the same dealer that has not been able to figure out what is wrong with this car the first two times. Meanwhile, I am driving around in a car that may or may not have working airbags because I need to get to work.

- Hot Springs Village, AR, USA

problem #21

May 172014


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the brakes were depressed and failed to respond. The contact crashed into the rear end of another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the chest, a leg gash and a pulled muscle in the back. The front passenger sustained whiplash. Both the contact and the front passenger required medical attention. A police report was filed. Additionally, the contact stated that the flat surface warning indicator illuminated intermittently as a result the contact had to restart the vehicle on multiple occasions. The key failed to exit the ignition switch on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #20

Feb 272014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 97,448 miles
On 2/27/14 the SRS indicator light in our vehicle lit up causing us to review the owner's manual, which recommended immediate service. Per technical service bulletin T-sb-0042-11, this issue was caused by failure of the wiring harness, which was diagnosed with scanner code B1826. According to the tsb, the design/material fault can occur in 2004-2009 priuses. The fault, according to a Toyota service advisor, results in a failure of the air bag system. To address the condition, "an updated wire harness must be installed." The cost to repair this design fault is $2,500. And up depending on if one or both sides of the wiring harness has to be replaced. Because this safety related defect needed to be addressed at once we paid to have the vehicle repaired but expressed our view to the Toyota personnel that the defect should have been covered by Toyota. We feel that this defect should have been the subject of a recall. Calls to the GM of the dealership have not been returned.

- Moraga, CA, USA

problem #19

Sep 042013


  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that another vehicle crashed head-on into his vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact stated that he sustained a laceration to the forehead and the passenger sustained severed chest bruising. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 126,000.

- Alamogordo, NM, USA

problem #18

Aug 282013


  • 178,000 miles


The air bag warning light came on while driving. We took the car in to check for the cause and they told us the wiring harness was bad and it would have to be replaced and that the air bags would not work because of a problem (of which they were already aware) with the wiring harness. A defect in the wiring harness - their words- would cost about $2000 to replace. They are aware that this has been occurring in these vehicles, but as of yet there has been no recall or offer to correct the problem. If this isn't a safety issue, I don't know what would be. Please address this issue.

- North Charleston, SC, USA

problem #17

Jun 222012


  • 106,000 miles
This vehicle was flipped end over end twice and slide on its right side but landed upright on all four tires. The air bags didn't deploy and the right corner in the front took a blunt force while flipping. This could have easily resulted in a death due to lack of deployment. The car was a total loss. This warrants compensation for malfunctioning air bags. The driver received minor bruising and soreness but no major problems arose from this incident. It is my concern for other opportunities of a fatality due to the lack of functioning air bags. I feel I should be compensated because the driver could have so easily died that night. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration with this matter.

- Rougemont, NC, USA

problem #16

Dec 012011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that at engine startup, the SRS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the steering wheel needed a replacement spiral cable. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 109,000 and the current mileage was 109,500. Updated 03/06/12

- California City, CA, USA

problem #15

Jan 102009


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota pruis. The contact stated that there was a recurring failure with the air bag warning light illuminating. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure where the front passenger seat was replaced twice but to no avail. The dealer then cleared the error codes but that also did not correct the failure. Next, the wiring harness and main computer were replaced yet the failure persisted. The contact believed the failure to be a manufacturing defect. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 107,000.

- Saratoga, CA, USA

problem #14

Mar 102011

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles
Thursday, March 10, 2011 morning between 5:40 5:45 a.M. est at work driving through parking lot towards parking garage, due to bad weather road lines were not visible and my car end up into a concrete block. I was in shock for a while, front bumper, radiator, both front lights, windshield and all fluid holding broke and engine caved in. I have neck soft tissue injurious in my neck. Pain lower neck and upper neck where scalp and neck meet. My 2005 Prius had driver and passenger side air bags and front side and rear side curtain airbags on side, but none of them deployed, but my car got total. I bought brand new fully loaded Prius, and I was thinking my car is very safe. Definitely if I was driving on the highway where speed limit is 55, I am sure I was dead in this car.

- Oakton, VA, USA

problem #13

Dec 212010


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. A vehicle traveling approximately 35 mph crashed into the contacts vehicle head on. The air bags did not deploy. A police was filed and 2 injuries were reported. The contact and a passenger were transported via ambulance to the emergency room. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an insurance company lot. The vehicle was not examined for the cause of failure. The failure and current mileages were 105,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #12

Aug 192010


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The contact was driving 25 mph when she crashed into another vehicle. The vehicle crashed from the front end and the air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained injuries to her neck, head and shoulders. She was transported to the hospital via ambulance. A police report was available. The vehicle was towed to a body repair facility where the mechanic advised that the vehicle was destroyed. The dealer was not contacted. The failure and the current mileage was 48,000.

- Flagstaff, AZ, USA

problem #11

May 132009


  • miles
[xxx], a resident of wantagh, NY, was driving on the wantagh state parkway when she was hit from behind and then experienced the sudden, unintended acceleration of her 2005 Toyota Prius. The acceleration continued after she pressed on the brake pedal. As a result, [xxx] struck another vehicle on the road and was involved in a serious accident. Moreover, the seatbelt in the vehicle was defective in that it became unfastened and the airbags did not deploy. The vehicle has a VIN# [xxx] and was purchased at atlantic Toyota in long island. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Wantagh, NY, USA

problem #10

Dec 212008


  • miles
My 2005 Prius skidded off the road during a snow storm. I was not traveling at an excessive rate of speed. My car hit 2 trees head on and was totaled. None of my airbags deployed. I informed my insurance company and Toyota (sent them pictures) and neither seemed to feel it was a safety issue. Since I was not satisfied with Toyota's response, and since I would never buy a small car unless I had absolute faith in its airbag system's ability to protect me in the event of a crash, I chose not to buy another Toyota vehicle. The Prius was my third Toyota, and I had been very loyal to the brand for years due to their record of quality, reliability and safety. I still have pictures of my wrecked car. Please contact me, if anyone would be interested in reviewing them. I did not file a report at the time of the accident, but in retrospect think that I should have. I am only writing now to alert your Agency that there may also be an airbag deployment problem with earlier Prius models.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #9

Nov 032007


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Prius. The air bag warning light illuminated intermittently. The dealer made four attempts to diagnose the failure. The air bag under the passenger seat was disconnected; however, the warning light continued to illuminate. The vehicle is being repaired by an authorized dealer. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 12,000.

- Columbia, SC, USA

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