really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
108,640 miles

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2002 Toyota Tacoma seat belts / air bags problems

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2002 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 112016


  • 205,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 35 mph, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 205,000.

- Granville, OH, USA

problem #7

Nov 012012


  • 155,120 miles
Airbag light on, driving.

- Warrensburg, NY, USA

problem #6

Sep 092015


  • 185,000 miles
There was extensive damage to the front left side of the vehicle from a collision. The radiator was pushed against the engine. Most of the driver side fender as well as the inner core support was crushed. Both airbags didn't not deploy.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 182013

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 134,000 miles


Dear [xxx], I sincerely appreciate your email but I am completely satisfied with my 2002 Toyota Tacoma pick up truck at the moment with 134,000 miles as of today. The problem lies with the "defective air bags and defective computer air bag.? over a year ago, this was accessed from haley located off rt 288 and the air bag light was coming on at that time. I paid for a diagnostic testing and it should have been resolved then, not to reoccur a year later. In any case, if a Toyota vehicle has defective parts such as the air bag and its computer that is the responsibility of the manufacturer to replace the part and absorb the labor and costs involved to do so not at the expense of the client. The client did not cause the problem, it is a defect in the manufacturing of the vehicle. The problem I am now facing is that haley Toyota wants me to absorb this cost of parts and labor to the tune of $711 for a defective air bag. I have not been in contact with an attorney specializing in auto injury, but with some research and taking with a friend of mine who is a lawyer; he highly suggests that unless Toyota replaces the parts and labor at their expense that I should proceed with hiring an attorney and explain what is going on with the air bag and what haley has said. For haley to dismiss this defective part and say that they cannot be responsible is in itself an ?egregious" remark for which they can be liable for if something were to happen while the passenger is driving the car/truck in questioned. Infact, they should never have allowed me to leave the premise this past Friday knowing all of this, because if a major accident were to happen they would be totally responsible as well as Toyota itself. Thank you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #4

Jan 012009


  • 122,000 miles
I lost control of my truck when the driver front tire deflated. This occurred as I was taking an off ramp on to another freeway. This caused me to bounce off the hollow tubes in front of the concert divider. My 2002 Toyota Tacoma will require over $8K to repair. The driver and passenger airbags never deployed in my single cab truck. The damage taken was on the front driver fender/bumper (I have pictures) clearly the airbags should have deployed but failed. This caused me to slam into the steering wheel upon impact.

- Coppell, TX, USA

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problem #3

Jun 302006

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,000 miles
Hit a deer at approximately 45 mph. Destroyed from center of grill to the right front fender. Two more inches and the radiator would have been included. No air bag deployed. Seat belts prevented any serious injury. Had only sore muscles.

- Caribou, ME, USA

problem #2

Mar 202005

Tacoma 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. He states that on March 20, 2005 he hit a telephone pole head on when his steering locked up and the air bags did not deploy.

- Martin, KY, USA

problem #1

Aug 272003


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I approached an intersection when a on coming car made a left turn in to my car. We collided head on in the middle of the intersection. Neither one of the air bags worked. I'm working for an auto supply shop and this is my delivery truck so I can't answer all the questions about the vehicle.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

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