really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,415 miles

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2006 Toyota Sienna seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

Jul 012011

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


One day I found that the seatbelt had torn in half in the rear folding seat. I suspect that a couple of weeks earlier it had gotten caught in the mechanics of the folding seat. The folding seat had gotten stuck for some reason and needed a lot of force to open it back up. Maybe it got a small tear then which grew. I don't know. Regardless, one day I found it completely torn in two and unusable in the rear drivers side.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #11

Mar 012007


  • miles
Driver's side front seat belt becomes folded and entrapped in the slot where it comes out of side column and will not retract, making it absolutely useless for its intended purpose. This result in driver not being restrained properly. Have taken it back to dealer at least 3 times to have them release the entrapment as well as fixing it myself numerous times. My wife cannot do the repair herself so she is often driving around basically with no seat belt until she get to the dealer or home for it to be repaired.

- Edgar, WI, USA

problem #10

Mar 012007

Sienna 6-cyl

  • miles
Problem is with the rear seat belts in my 2006 Toyota Sienna le van. Anytime someone (myself included) rides in the back row, the seat belts lock up and become so uncomfortable that they must be released to avoid extreme discomfort, this results in the seat belt being unfastened during vehicle movement and often I find my passengers just not using them due to this self-tightening.

- Edgar, WI, USA

problem #9

Feb 012011


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna with a 2010 graco booster seat, model number pd144968A. The contact stated that the seat belt would not hold the child in place while in the booster. The child had the ability to move freely in the seat from one side to another and was also able to unclip the seat belt. The booster seat manufacturer was contacted and asked if there was a clip that could be installed for the vehicle seat belt to have a tighter fit. The manufacturer of the vehicle advised that they did not have a clip or any suggestions to remedy the situation. The failure and current mileage was unknown. Updated 3/14/11 updated 04/22/11

- Irbine, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 192010


  • 76,000 miles
Toyota Sienna 2006 1. normal driving with absolutely no accidents in the history of the vehicle. 2. driver's side front seat belt will not retract, making is absolutely useless for its intended purpose. This is a major safety issue. 3. contacted Toyota headquarters who claims that the vehicle is outside the normal 3 year warranty period.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

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problem #7

Jan 012006


  • 1,000 miles
Problem is with the second row seat belts in my 2006 Toyota Sienna xle van. Anytime someone (myself included) rides in the second row, the seat belts lock up and become so uncomfortable as they continue to tighten that we just end up not using them soon after the trip begins. Not using them because of this defect poses a real safety hazard if we were to have an accident. Earlier on I complained several times. I was always told there is nothing wrong with them. We probably weren't using them correctly and I was even given instruction by the service department on how to hook up the seat belt. My complaints fell on deaf ears and I really do think it is a safety hazard. I told them they might have to ride it longer than the few minutes they did. I'm not so sure this problem is about my Sienna only. When I ride in the back seat of other vehicles the seat belt seems to tighten. If I had to guess, I'd say they don't put the same quality seat belt in the back of a vehicle as they do the front seats just because they would cost more. Anything you could do to remedy this situation would be greatly appreciated. Since this happens any time someone is in the back seat, I am picking a random incident date.

- Dublin, VA, USA

problem #6

May 242010


  • 200,000 miles


Our 06' Toyota Sienna front passenger seat belt won't retract. Dealer says it needs to be replaced. The same thing happened in our 02 Toyota Sienna and the same thing happened in my 1995 Toyota back seat on both window seats. In 1996.

- Cartersville, GA, USA

problem #5

Dec 172009


  • 3,000 miles
Couple things happened- right after we both Sienna, about 1 month later the brake light went on. It was late Sunday night, so the dealership was closed. We went there the following week. They couldn't find a problem, cause the light went off. When I left the dealer, the light went back on so I left my car thereand told them I'm not going to drive until they find a problem. I have 2 small kids and their safety is first. They fix it and said that some sensor unfortunately was damaged during the delivery and they replace it. Then I got problem with my power side door- will still be closing even if you try to stop it. Solution from the dealer- lubricate and that's it- it still happen from time to time. Next- front passenger and second row seat belts- lock during the trip. Dealer solution- they don't see the problem. Now about 2 months ago my accelerator got suck while driving for about 15 seconds. I did not made a big deal out of it, because I was sure it suppose to happen, but nw after hearing what going on with other Toyota models, I'm just not sure. The gas pedal did not got stuck to the carpet for sure- I would see it, it was like it got stuck at 70mph... I love my Sienna and husband drives corolla too and we both love Toyota. I just think now it's not about love for the engine, it's about safety of our children. If necessary I have documents regarding the brake sensor replacement, seat belts complains, etc. I spoke with the dealer about the gas pedal and said to me that my model its not in the recall and it could be something else, but did not offer to check what could it be...

- Bidgeport, CT, USA

problem #4

Aug 122009


  • miles
Letter from congressman coble on behalf of constituent re seat belts in 2006 Toyota Sienna - safety complaint #10280400. The consumers son was sitting in the back seat when all of sudden, the middle seat belt had wrapped around his neck 3 times. The seat belt was wrapped so tightly around his neck that it wouldn't budge and every little movement made it tighter. The seat belt had to be cut by emergency personal. The consumers stated he had been playing with the seat belt.

- Angier, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 192009


  • 60,628 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Sienna. The vehicle was parked when the contact observed the defective rear center seat belt. The child was properly secured in the rear driver side seat using the seat belt system. The seat belt entangled around the occupant's neck. There was difficulty disengaging the seat belt. The contact cut the seatbelt and freed the occupant. The vehicle has not been repaired for the failure. The failure and current mileages were 60,628.

- Triangle, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 122009


  • miles
My 4 year old son and his 7 year old cousin were sitting in the back seat of our Toyota Sienna van, each on either side with the middle seat empty. All of a sudden, my son gasped, "help me, please help me." My mother, who was driving, looked back through the rearview mirror and saw that my son had the middle seat seatbelt wrapped around his neck three times (that belt hangs from the ceiling in our Sienna van). He could gasp a bit of air, but it was tight and getting tighter every time he moved. My mother whipped the car into a driveway and jumped in the backseat to free him. The belt was wrapped so tightly around his neck that she couldn't budge it and every little movement made it lock in tighter. She wedged two fingers between his throat and the belt to try to keep it loose enough for him to breathe and got my nephew to get her cell phone. She called 911 and they came and had to cut him out to free him. When we questioned my son afterwards, he said he had just been playing with the belt and didn't think it would get stuck around his neck.

- Angier, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 102008

Sienna 6-cyl

  • 14,036 miles
I, together with my family had a car accident that happened in stamford, ct. A car struck my van perpendicularly at the left rear wheel which caused it to spun 180 degrees. As the collision occurred my seatbelt suddenly unbuckled which resulted myself slamming on the side door and incurring multiple contusion. I filed a report to Toyota motors about it, and they sent someone to look at it. According to their inspector there is no malfunction to my seatbelt. He concluded that I might had accidentally press the release button at the time of the accident. I have not touched the release button of the at the time of the accident. So far I haven't heard anything from them as of now. By the way, my van is a 2006 Toyota Sienna le AWD. I was at the right second row when the accident occurred.

- Stamford, CT, USA

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