really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,616 miles

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1998 Toyota Sienna seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 172011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles


Driver in wrong lane hit my van, with most of impact on right front side of van. Both vehicles were totalled in collision. Right front passenger seat belt initially held, but released during collision and passenger ended up on driver's armrest. Neither airbag deployed.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #4

Jan 182011


  • 220,000 miles
I have a 1998 Toyota Sienna recently the airbag light is on and the horn and cruise control are not working I wonder if this can be a safety recall for the life of the vehicle or do I just have to pay for the repair.

- Edmonton, 00, USA

problem #3

Nov 052004

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
We were in an automobile accident recently and have a question about needing to replace the seat belts and possibly question of malfunction of airbags. Our Toyota Sienna van was going about 35 mph and hit straight-on a car that turned in front of us hitting the driver side with extensive damage with essentially no braking. Essentially the Toyota sustained a front impact collision. The airbags didn't deploy and our repair mechanic is telling us this impact was not sufficient to deploy airbags. The driver and passenger of the Toyota sustained chest injuries, knee injuries, with generalized pain, especially neck, shoulders, and back. We think there is something wrong with the airbags not deploying and the seat belts involved in the accident should be replaced. Our auto mechanic is telling us that airbags did not deploy because of insufficient impact, and the seat belt does not need to be replaced. Can you help us how we get the correct answers? scott S. lee 949-295-0438 cell 949-598-3302 work scottslee@cox.net.

- San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 232004

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,080 miles
My wife was driving a 98 Toyota Sienna with kids on the freeway in a comuter lane. All of a sudden the steering wheel started vibrating and locked in left position. As a result they ended up crashing in the middle divider head on. The van took a 180 degree spin and hit from the back. We have done 99000 miles on this van in last 5 years. This is totally a malfunction or mechanical failure of steering wheel. We have done long trips with our van in the past 5 years and never had problem. Also the air bags did not open up even though the impact was so severe.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 282001


  • miles
While operating the vehicle the horn will suddenly become inopperative causing an extremely hazardous situation of operating the vehicle without the horn. The vehicle was taken to the Toyota dealership on 08/28/2001 where I was told the clock spring contact was distorted and needed to be replaced ($470) not 3 weeks later the exact same thing happened, the horn suddenly becomes inopperative. I was told this was not covered by our extended warranty which we paid almost $900 dollars for. The is obvioulsy a very serious saftey concern and are there any avenues to persue to have this problem paid for by Toyota? I am very displeased with Toyota and there extended warranty policy.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

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