really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,014 miles

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2006 Toyota Sienna seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 13 of 13)

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problem #12

Sep 182009


  • 21,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated the airbag warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where unknown repairs were made to the air bags. Upon starting the vehicle, the air bag light was still illuminated. The dealer made a second repair to the air bags. Since the repair, the air bag warning light illuminated on two separate occasions. Attempts to correct the failure were made a total of four times, all at the contacts expense. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance, claiming they had not received any similar complaints on her year, make and model. There were no recalls. The approximate failure mileage was 21,000 and the current mileage was 69,000.

- Warner Rodins, GA, USA

problem #11

Apr 062010


  • 59,363 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. While driving at approximately 50 mph, the contact applied the brakes but the vehicle did not slow down which resulted in a crash. The vehicle had not been inspected at the time of the complaint. The contact also stated that she noticed problems with the steering mechanism as the vehicle always steered to the right. The air bag service light also illuminated intermittently; the vehicle was repaired for the air bag light failure several times but the problem continued to occur. The current and failure mileages were 59,363.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #10

Mar 192010


  • 77,321 miles
We have a 2006 Toyota Sienna. On March 19, 2010 the SRS airbag light came on and began to flash. We immediately called the dealership (fred anderson Toyota in raleigh, nc) and scheduled an appointment. On March 27th we were told that there is an open circuit with our passenger side airbag. The airbag sensors are not communicating with the computer. We were told that in order to fix the problem they would need to replace the airbag. Our car is 3 years old. We have 77,000 miles on it. It is our main vehicle for work, school, transporting our two children. Because of mileage we are over our warranty and they refuse to cover the cost of replacing the airbag. We have been researching this problem online and have found several other people who have had this same problem with their Toyota Sienna. They got their airbags replaced only to have the problem occur again and again. We were also told that because the light is on, there is a chance that none of our airbags will deploy if we are in an accident. This is a very frustrating situation. Toyota is once again having problems with sensors on their safety features on their cars. This is not an isolated incident. We are very concerned about the safety of our children when they ride in this car. We asked to speak to the service manager and were told today (March 29) that there was nothing they could do for us. We will have to pay $411 for the airbag and parts and then $340 for the labor or choose to risk our safety and the safety of our children if we are in an accident. When we asked how this happens on a car that we have only owned for three years (bought at the beginning of December 2006 brand new off the lot), we were told that there is "no rhyme or reason" for this defect. Toyota can't even explain how an airbag goes bad in three years. This is very concerning.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #9

Jun 012009


  • 38,000 miles


Hello, this is my second complaint about a 2006 Sienna that I purchased. There seems to be a problem with the air bag light going on and off. When this happened earlier, I immediately took it to the dealer to get it fixed. Now, it has come on again and just recently it turned off. I don't know if this is normal, but I would like to know what else can I do so that my family will be secured in case of an accident. Also, the automatic slide door on the right that came equipped with it is not working properly. This happened about a 6-7 months ago. This door used to make a beep noise to let us know the door was not shut, and now when we close it, it acts like it is going to close but it opens. In other words, it does not shut unless you force it to shut which is dangerous to my youngest child.

- Azusa, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 082010


  • 99,000 miles
02-08-2010 under bad snowing weather condition I found that air bags warning light is flashing on dashboard in my Toyota Sienna ce 2006. 02-10-2010 I was in koons tysons Toyota service center 8610 leesburg pike, vienna, va 22182 I got diagnostics report: ┐fault code# B0111┐ and I was "advised that right seat (side) airbag needs replacement $945.50". but it seems to me that diagnostics wasn't done carefully. My vehicle was in outdoor condition under snowing storm. Service center hasn't checked engine, transmission, electric, lights┐ (there are no records about engine, transmission, electric, lights┐. in the report). I know that left tail light doesn't work in my vehicle, but I don┐T see that this issue is mentioned in the diagnostics report. It looks like that service center has checked error code only. So I can't trust this diagnostics report.

- Herndon, VA, USA

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problem #7

Sep 202009


  • 38,000 miles
I own a 2006 Toyota Sienna and soon as I got it, the airbag light came on. I took it to he dealer immediately and it was repaired but they never gave an explanation as to what caused that to happen. But it is happening again. The light is constantly on and it distracts me when I am driving and am very concerned about the safety of my passengers because I don't know if airbags will deploy in case of an accident. I need help in figuring out what to do and where to take my car.

- Azusa, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 142009


  • 52,000 miles


On March 14, 2009 my husband hit a tree head on with the van while trying to avoid a deer. The airbag did not deploy. He hit his head on the steering wheel and broke a bone in his hand. The airbag tried to deploy but failed. Part of the section on the steering wheel in front of the airbag separated but the bag did not inflate.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #5

Jun 172007

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,524 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. While driving approximately 35 mph, with a 200 pound man seated in the passenger seat, the air bag light flashed on three separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer each time. During the third visit, the passenger side air bag was replaced. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 27,000 and failure mileage was 13,500. Updated 07/29/08 updated 08/07/0

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 302007

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought a 2006 Sienna 10/30/2005. July 2, 2006 air bag light was on, making the airbag not working. 3 times had to bring car back, they fixed with garbage tie told by advisor. Now I have a problem with the same thing and all I get is a run around, and I am told it's not under warranty. How can a 2 year car with apparently an electrical problem not be covered" on a safety issue" wouldn't it be considered a shop comeback, since the dealership tried fixing it 3 times prior, and I was told to go back there, and not treated any better than in the past. Toyota motor co. Called up before I got there, and after waiting to be acknowledged, then waiting an additional hour, they hadn't even looked at it. I am a realtor. I do not get paid if I am not working.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 012006

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Toyota Sienna 2006 purchased March 06. Airbag light on 1st time April 06 then intermittently light would flash for month. First appointment May 2, 2006 regarding airbag light. Light went off no diagnosis made. Airbag light on and off in may, June, July, appointment on August 2, 2006 diagnosed problem as passenger side seatbelt. August 23, 2006 seatbelt replaced, tires rotated. Tire light on while driving home appointment scheduled to turn it off. Airbag light on again van diagnosed September 2006 bad passenger side airbag in the seat, new seat ordered. October 27, 2006 passenger side seat replaced. Seat replaced with wrong year Sienna and wrong color. Got a rental Sienna until the next day. Picked up my Sienna with the old defective seat put back until another seat ordered. December 1, 2006 the correct seat installed. December 18, 2006 airbag light on again, appointment made December 28, to be diagnosed. January 25, 2007 van had bad center airbag sensor. Appointment made March 2, 2007. Sensor replaced March 12, 2007. April 3, 2007 tried to diagnose why the airbag light was on yet again but dealership did not have the time. April 11, 2007 given rental Sienna wires in the floor were replaced except for one ordered, "in case the light came on again". today, April 25, 2007 the airbag light is not on but I have serious questions about whether the airbags will work when and if needed and if the problem(s) were truly fixed.

- Little River, SC, USA

problem #2

Jul 142006

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
In July 2006, about two weeks after purchasing our new 2006 Toyota Sienna, the airbag off light came on. Before we could take it for service someone broke into our mini van and it was in the shop for a month being repaired. The light came on again about a month later, but the dealer, balise Toyota in West springfield, MA, reset it during an oil change. In mid October, my wife was broadsided in her door by a Honda civic. None of the airbags, including the side curtain airbags deployed. The mini van was in the shop for another month, and the dealer again reset the light, which had come on, apparently during the crash. Since October the van has been serviced five or six times for this problem. The dealer's service manager told us in January that Toyota in compliance with federal regulations, designed the airbags to permanently turn off if a heavy person rode in the car. The dealership refused to turn the airbags back on again, and claimed that there was no fix for this because it was intentional. Other dealers want to charge us for this, even though it should be under warranty. Last week, a person at moore of Toyota customer care told me that the company's official position was that the airbags were not broken, but rather that my wife and I did not deserve the protection because of our weight. They claimed that they might be willing to buy the vehicle back, but I didn't want them to buy it back. I just want the mini van to work the way it supposed to without having to reset the computer every week. Besides, if they were telling the truth about this being a federal law, there were no cars in America that were safe for us to drive. I could not even get my brand new mini van inspected this year because an airbag light was grounded for disqualification. Toyota knowingly sold me an unsafe vehicle, one that was designed to be unsafe for 30% of people oh, and now the windshield cracked by the rearview mirror.

- Greenfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 072006

Sienna 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light on occasionally. Dealer found fault code but could not locate the cause of problem.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

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