definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 052015


  • 96,000 miles


The metal bar inside the seat headrest is coming through the cloth. There is no padding between the metal bar and your head. In a crash you would hit the metal bar inside the headrest with your head. Other people on the internet have complained of the same problem.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 072013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • miles
Foam in head restraints have deteriorated to the point where the steel bar is only covered by the fabric of the head restraint. This should be considered a safety hazard. If a person in a car accident was to have their head hit the head restraint, serious injury would occur because of the exposed steel bar.

- Aiea, HI, USA

problem #2

Apr 182012

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The foam inside the driver's head rest has deteriorated so a steel bar is covered by only fabric and no foam. It creates a hazard because in case of a rear end crash, the driver's head will impact a steel bar instead of a foam pad. I contacted Toyota. They consider it out of warranty and want almost $500 for a new head restraint. This is like saying the seatbelts or airbags don't have to work for the life of the vehicle.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 012003

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The front seats on my 2003 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 xtracab rock on their tracks when I drive on rough surfaces. I took the vehicle to my nearest dealer and they said they would apply a shim in order to solve the noise problem. However the shims were already installed during manufacturing, so the dealer said they could not fix the problem.

- Auberry, CA, USA

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