really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
205,101 miles

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2003 Toyota Tacoma seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #12

Sep 262016


  • 158,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. While driving approximately 20 to 25 mph and exiting a ramp, the rear of the vehicle swayed to the left, then back to the right, and turned 360 degrees. The back end of the vehicle bobbled, flipped over, crashed into trees, and landed on the driver side. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and injuries were sustained that required medical attention. The rear driver side tire was flat. The tire was replaced and the vehicle was driven home and parked. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 158,000.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #11

Jun 152010

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle did not stop. As a result, the front driver's side of the vehicle crashed into the rear passenger side of another vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 09/10/15

- Canoga Park, CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 282014

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • 1,880,000 miles
Driving very slow on a rough terrain logging road and air bag light came on and has not gone off.

- Double Springs, AL, USA

problem #9

Apr 012014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • miles


My 2003 matrix had less than 40,000 original miles when the dash air bag light came on. Toyota recalled the matrix for this problem and was corrected in 2013. My 2003 Tacoma truck's current mileage is only 29,667 original miles. At approximately 28,000 miles the dash air bag light came on. A friend who specializes in Toyota repairs checked it and said it was the B1100-air bag sensor module.. Toyota has yet to recall the 2003 Tacoma for an air bag problem.

- Timonium, MD, USA

problem #8

Jul 292013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 188,707 miles
Coming to a stop approx 2 mph the engine suddenly revved very loudly and the truck show forward. The brakes did not stop the truck. I swerved to avoid the campsite we were at and hit a tree very hard. The engine however continued to rev loudly and I shifted to park. With the engine still very loud and the wheels spinning I had to shut the engine by removing the key.

- East Islip, NY, USA

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problem #7

Aug 012011


  • miles
Letter to the secretary from re complaint regarding the safety of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma the consumer stated while driving, another vehicle slid into his vehicle and he hit the passenger front tire of the other vehicle at 40 mph. The air bags failed to deploy. The consumer also stated the tires and front fender ratio had a design defect. The consumer was injured in the accident...updated 01/31/12..updated 11/19/13

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 142011


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact was driving out in an intersection when a vehicle crashed into him at 45 mph. The air bag did not deploy. The vehicle was towed to the contacts home and had not been inspected. The contact was concerned that the air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 80,000.

- Orangeburg, SC, USA

problem #5

Sep 052008

Tacoma 4WD 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 70 mph, the contact fell asleep or blacked out. The vehicle hit a guardrail went down an embankment and struck a tree and rolled over. The vehicle sustained major front end and rear damage damage due to the impact. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact was trapped in the vehicle and sustained major scalp injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a body shop and deemed as destroyed. The insurance company is currently in possession of the vehicle. The manufacturer has not been notified. The current and failure mileages were 64,000. Updated 10/16/08 updated 10/20/08.

- Shawsville, VA, USA

problem #4

Jul 012007

Tacoma 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 25 mph in icy conditions, the vehicle crashed head on into a wired guardrail and rolled down a hill. The front passenger went through the windshield. The injuries were unknown. The driver was wearing a seat belt, but sustained an injured right shoulder. The air bags failed to deploy, even though the side air bags were activated. The vehicle was towed and the side door panel, front bender, and front bumper were repaired. A police report was filed. The VIN, engine size, and number of cylinders were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 40,000.

- Brattlevoraua , VT, USA

problem #3

Mar 152006

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 39,500 miles
- the contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact received a follow up notice for the suspension, lower ball joints. However, he never received a previous notice. The contact's vehicle was involved in a crash while driving 40 mph and was unable to gain control of the steering wheel. The air bags did not deploy, the contact's head shattered the windshield, and also sustainede bruising to the face. The contact stated that he made several attempts to call Toyota, and was told by the representative that he was the only person that hr ever reach and was not allowed to speak with a supervisor. Toyota sent an investigator to inspect the vehicle after the crash, and he advised the contact that the reason that the air bag didn't deploy was due to the location of the impact. While unable to gain control of the steering wheel the contact's vehicle crashed into a guard rail. The contact was very concerned that the related recall was identical to the failure that occurred while his family member drove the vehicle. The contact was dissatisfied that the Toyota representative failed to mention the recall that was effective a year prior which caused a collision while inspecting the vehicle. The current mileage was 76,000 and the failure mileage was 39,500.

- Austin , TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 272003

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
Passenger side air bag vibration when motor is running. Returned to local dealership due to loud rattle in dash board. Dealer inspected and reported that a majority of the clips holding the passenger side airbag in place were not there. Dealer ordered replacement clips and dashboard bolts and repair was made. In October 2003 rattle returned and a bolt appeared on the passenger floor board. Returned vehicle to dealership where inspection took place. Mechanic suggested that someone had hit the dashboard to loosen bolts, not the case, yet no attempt to repair or tighten equipment was made.

- San Pablo, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 262003

(reported on)


  • 6,000 miles
Consumer's vehicle was involved in a head on collision at 30/40 mph. Upon impact, neither driver's side nor passenger's side air bags deployed.

- Springfield, MO, USA

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