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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,372 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Toyota Sienna seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 082011


  • 69,000 miles


Airbag SRS keeps flashing, took to Toyota dealer and they said the wiring harness needed to be replaced. I have platinum coverage and was told it was not covered be warranty. The vehicle on has 69,000 miles, and this is a safety issue. I have only been driving this vehicle as normal wear and tear and the light just came on and has not went out.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #7

Jul 292011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 73,480 miles
06 Toyota Sienna air bag sensor lights up intermittently. Dealer says problem with loose connector for side airbag on passenger side. The connector cannot be tightened or individually replaced. We must replace entire airbag at cost of $2,500. No airbags will deploy with light on. Many complaints in internet for the same problem. This is a serious safety issue and should be addressed with a recall.

- Moorhead, MN, USA

problem #6

May 152011


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. When the contact started the vehicle, the air bag warning indicator illuminated until the engine was turned off. The failure occurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The error code detected a passenger side air bag failure which would prevent the air bags from deploying during impact. The technician stated that the part was unavailable. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #5

Mar 182011


  • 76,000 miles


2006 Toyota Sienna with airbag light flashing. Toyota has a bulletin but no recall pertaining to faulty side curtain airbag connector. Repair cost est. $5000- shouldnt have to pay that for defective part.

- Delavan, WI, USA

problem #4

Oct 172010

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
My airbag light began blinking on Sunday, 10/17/10. My vehicle is a 2006 Toyota Sienna. I took it to a local mechanic on 10/20/10 and was told the center squib needed replaced...upon replacing on 10/22, was told that another error code was displayed indicating airbag replacement needed by a Toyota dealer. My car has just went over the warranty period at 62,000 miles. I am unhappy that not even 4 years after buying this vehicle in December 06, I am faced with repair costs that are large for a major safety problem that has been recurring from what I have read online with others driving an 06 Sienna. And as a mother of 3, I am unable to use my vehicle safely until this problem is fixed. I see a service bulletin for this but no recall..which it seems there should be for such a major safety problem.

- Ringgold, GA, USA

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problem #3

Sep 202010


  • 76,000 miles
The SRS indicator light began flashing on my 2006 Toyota Sienna on 09/20/10. The owner's manual states if this occurs, to take the vehicle to the dealership immediately. I was recently advised by cobb county Toyota that my airbag is defective and needs to be replaced for $2400. Since my 2006 Sienna has 76K miles on it, Toyota wouldn't cover it under the warranty. I asked how an unused airbag could be defective, I was told that it is an electrical component. That was the complete answer. So, I checked online. And, sure enough, hundreds of people all over the country are facing the same problem with their 2006 Sienna. And, no one has been able to explain the reason. I called the Toyota corporate office and the (no) customer service rep said that all she could do was document my concern. No manager could call or assist me. No one could send me a letter stating why an unused airbag is suddenly defective after only 4 years.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 042010

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Topic: Toyota acceleration problem: On July 4th at 10:00 am, as my 2006 Sienna Toyota was emerging from the dryer-end of well known carwash, the signal at the terminal point indicated that I was to move my car out of the structure. I shifted out of neutral into drive. At the instant I put the car into drive, my vehicle accelerated out of the car wash structure, missing about 12 vehicles and drivers in the parked area drying their cars. The police and witness said I reach 60 mph when I hit an embankment, directly across from the exit to the carwash property at the exit point, the embankment was across the busy street leading out of the carwash area. I turned slightly to the left, in a vain hope to slow my vehicle down; tearing off the front right side and wheel, the vehicle continued on, sliding down onto a busy road. In trying to avoid a busy intersection, I pulled up over the embankment at a lower grade on to a flat grassy area where I could take my right hand off the wheel and pull the gear shift into neutral and turn off ignition. Thank god no one was hurt. The vehicle was inspected by Toyota subcontractors and is being repaired to be returned to us. It will be impossible for me to allow my family or anyone for that matter to drive that car in the future, the car is worth more to us than to others. The tone of the inspectors and other contacts with the Toyota company was one of skepticism. I did not have floor mats in the car and I know the difference and location of my brake, contrary to their suggestions. I think it is interesting that the customer service and inspectors continue to treat their loyal car owners with such disdain and disbelief as if we are all liars. It is strange that the complaints are only coming from Toyota owners, but as one reporter noted Toyota drivers are an aging group and it has not happened to Scion drivers. I hope that this problem is taken seriously by Toyota.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 042010


  • 74,496 miles
2006 Sienna airbag light flashing. Tech identified defective passenger seat airbag assembly although auto was never in an accident. No reason for failure given other than "you never know about electronic systems." The only way to reset the light is to replace airbag assembly at a cost of $940+ with diagnostic charge and with that you only get a 1 year warranty on equipment that originally lasted slightly over 4 years. As a consumer you would never think that you would have to replace an airbag unless there was an accident or possibly if you owned the auto for maybe 10+ years. In addition, the whole airbag system is inoperable although it has only been determined that the passenger side airbag is defective. Consequently, there is no option other than to replace the defective assembly. It is hard to comprehend why equipment with minimal wear and tear would break but from other reports this seems to be a not so uncommon occurrence for Toyota Siennas.

- Waipahu, HI, USA

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