really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,416 miles

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2005 Toyota Sienna seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #24

Jan 012006

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles


When either front seatbelt of my 2005 Toyota Sienna is pulled out too rapidly it binds at the bezel. I carry two tools with me to force it back in if I have the time, otherwise if it is binds on the drivers side, the car has to be driven without the seatbelt. On the passengers side, the passenger has to move to a back seat. I checked with Toyota when it was under warranty and was told nothing was wrong. It is a safety issue that should be under recall.

- Ramsey, MN, USA

problem #23

Jan 012008

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Passenger side seatbelt folds in half when the seatbelt is being fastened and then gets jammed. It is very difficult to clear. Multiple times we have been forced to move rider to back seat. Vehicle out of warranty and dealership wanted thousands to fix. This has happened for the last three years at least.

- Aransas Pass, TX, USA

problem #22

Jan 242011


  • miles
The driver side seat belt stuck in a position and not operational on my Toyota Sienna 2005 mini van. This one did not work smoothly from long time ago, and eventually, it stuck with the belt folded. Not sure what to do. Any suggestion. Since it is a safety kind of issue. Is it a common problem? [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #21

Jan 012008


  • 3,500 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna le. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger seat belts were inoperative. The electrical passenger sliding door had also failed to function, she had to manually close the door. The air bag warning light also illuminated on the instrumental panel for at least two years. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that they were unable to assist her due to the vehicle not being under warranty. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 3500.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #20

Nov 242010


  • 74,000 miles
Middle row driver side seatbelt failure and passenger side sliding door power failure.

- Durham, NC, USA

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problem #19

Nov 152010


  • 41,000 miles
2005 Sienna van (Toyota) - front driver side seat belt will not retract. Does not work creating a severe safety problem.

- Seven Hills, OH, USA

problem #18

Aug 052010


  • 75,000 miles


Middle row seat belt fails to retract, cannot pull it all the way out to "lock" it and have it retract as I have to according to my child seat rules.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #17

Jul 312010


  • 45,300 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna power doors are failing. Today I could not get my kids out as both doors failed to open. The drivers side door opens about 4-6 inches and it make a loud noise and closes again. The passenger door has failed about a year after we bought the vehicle and the dealer replaced the electric motor. Also seat belts get stuck and you are not able to retract them, dealer said it was normal for seatbelt to get stuck when it folds in incorrectly. Very unsafe situations as we have our kids in the vehicle most of the time.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #16

Jul 052007


  • miles
The front passenger side seat belt in our 2005 Toyota mini van frequently jams, because it creases both when it is deployed and retracted. It is very difficult to unfold the crease. As a result, the passenger cannot use the seatbelt until a person with very strong fingers helps correct the problem. We have taken the van to our local Chrysler dealer who informs us that the seatbelt recall was for back seat belts only and that our only option is to replace the malfunctioning belt. The belt itself is over $200. When labor is included, it would cost around $500. As this is a design defect and as the front passenger seat is the most dangerous seat in any car, I believe this cost should be covered by Chrysler.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #15

Jun 102010


  • 107,000 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna was rear-ended on 6/10/10. Passenger seat belt did not restrain the passenger. Passenger's body was thrown very near the dash. Resulted in damage to sternum and neck. We are requesting Toyota replace the passenger belt. We are encountering resistance from Toyota to repair this safety defect. Driver's seat belt did restrain driver.

- Wilton, NH, USA

problem #14

Jun 182010

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact was attempting to secure the driver side seat belt but it would not release and was difficult for the contact to pull. The contact stated the failure was the exact same as NHTSA recall campaign id number: 05V327000 (seat belts) which he had repaired under the recall four years prior to the failure. There vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired for the failure. The current and failure mileages were 101,000. Updated 8/2/10 the consumer stated Toyota made the necessary repairs. Updated 08/24/10 updated 08/30/10

- Boling Brook, IL, USA

problem #13

Jun 302009


  • 60,000 miles
Rear passenger side seat belt not working. 2005 Sienna, 60,000 miles.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #12

Feb 262010


  • 39,000 miles
The shoulder portion of driver and front passenger side seat belts binds in top bezel. When this happens the belts do not properly restrain the driver and/or front seat passenger increasing the risk of personal injury in an accident. Jams happen occasionally and I have been able to clear them with manual manipulation of strap webbing at the bezel. However, repair is required to assure continued safe operation.

- Sun City Center, FL, USA

problem #11

Feb 102010


  • 29,500 miles
Driver seat belt is constantly getting "stuck". it won't move or release as it should.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #10

Feb 222010


  • 79,000 miles
Front passenger side latching device (female unit) for seat belt stopped latching. Dealership replaced at out of pocket cost to vehicle owner. In over 50 years of driving numerous cars and trucks, I have never had a seat belt that would not latch..no matter how old the vehicle. This is definitely a safety issue and should be covered with a recall. (a service tech even told me they have replaced others at their dealership....one last week.).

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #9

Jan 282010


  • 33,000 miles
The drivers side seat belt in my 2005 Sienna (Toyota) folds over and will not retract. The added slack and lack of retraction is a serious safety problem. This has been an ongoing problem since the car was less than a year old. It seems to have worsened lately.

- Seven Hills, OH, USA

problem #8

Jan 032010


  • 41,000 miles
2005 Toyota Sienna minivan ce model the seat belt on the driver side sometimes would not retract at all in cold weather, pulling was okay. This has happened for several times. Have to stop the van and used two hands to pull hard and resolve the jamming problem.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #7

May 012009


  • 65,793 miles
Our passenger-side sliding rear door has frozen in place and will not open. It is a 2005 Toyota Sienna C model. We have had other issues as well, such as the rear hatchback supports failed within 3 years, our drivers-side front door makes a popping sound when opened, we have replaced the front brakes three times within 65,000 miles, and seat belts that constantly stick.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #6

Nov 102008

Sienna 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. At 25,000 miles, the seat belts on the front driver and passenger sides and the rear middle seat stopped functioning properly. The dealer could not duplicate the failure and stated that if the seat belts would not fail in their presence, nothing could be done. On a separate occasion, the driver's side seat belt finally failed and the dealer replaced the seat belt under warranty. The dealer refused to make repairs to the other seat belts even though the vehicle was still under warranty. The contact was concerned that the seat belts would not provide adequate protection if a crash occurred. The VIN and mileages were unknown. Updated 03-06-09 the consumer also stated she has run flat tires, however the tire sensor did warn her that her tire went copletely flat. There was a strip of rubber missing from the tire. The consumer was informed the tire sensor did not work with run flat tires. Updated 03/11/09.

- Lake Oswego, OR, USA

problem #5

Jan 032009


  • miles
In cold weather the seat belt frequently folds over where it comes out of the side of the car. The seat belt then cannot be used as it is too thick to retract. It takes hours to fiddle with it to correct it. The dealer says they can disassemble it & untwist it, but they cannot stop it from happening.

- Denver, CO, USA

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