really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,150 miles

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2004 Toyota Tacoma seat belts / air bags problems

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2004 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 042014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


Takata recall? I have a 2004 Tacoma pre-runner 4dr. V-6. my airbag warning light came on approx. Oct. 2014 (50,000 miles). All that I have read so far is that it might be a broken "spiral cable" within the steering wheel. All airbag problems I've seen are with 2005 & newer vehicles? as of Dec. 2015 (60, K miles),I still have the problem but have not yet visited a dealership to identify the fault.

- Stafford, TX, USA

problem #7

Nov 112014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,200 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. While idling at a stop, the vehicle suddenly accelerated independently. The vehicle did not respond when the brake pedal was depressed. As a result, the contact crashed the vehicle into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. No injuries were reported and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred three times. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 131,200. Updated 12/30/14 updated 05/26/2015

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 202014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • miles
I want to check my VIN # to see if it is one of the vehicles affected by Toyota's defective passenger side airbags.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #5

May 082014


  • 113,000 miles


While stopped in traffic, I was rear-ended by a vehicle. I hit the vehicle in front of me and that vehicle hit the one in front of it. The airbags did not deploy. My passenger's head hit the windshield even though she was wearing a seatbelt (the interior design required me to have the seat positioned quite close to the windshield).

- Milton, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 192013


  • 67,000 miles
I purchased a used 2004 Tacoma pick-up truck from an independent dealer and noted the front air bag warning light was illuminated. I finally took it to the Toyota dealer for repair in 2013. They replaced the spiral cable in the steering column which turned the air bag warning light off for a few weeks and then it became illuminated again. I took it back and they worked on it for several hours and said the only remedy is to replace the entire air bag assembly for $1600. I am unsatisfied since there have been several recalls on the Tacoma air bag systems from models 2005 and higher but not this year. How can such a similar problem not be a manufacturing issue? meanwhile I probably do not have proper functioning air bags.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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problem #3

Jan 222012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • miles
I was driving on the freeway and a car was in a accident, the vehicle was on its side. The owners of the car had got out to safety, but had to leave it to protect themselves. It was a black or very dark colored. With in this time of my passenger and myself in my 2004 Toyota truck had come upon it to fast to stop. It was a split decision and reflex to slam on my brakes. Other cars where around and I had no other choice but to hit head on. I was doing about 65 miles an hour and slamming on my brakes did little to avoid or lesson my reduction of speed. Thank god my passenger and I had on our safety belts. My truck comes with air bags and was listed as a good production of vehicles with safe and quality protection in an accident. I love my truck. I was not protected as led to believe. My air bags did not deploy. My truck is beyond questionable of my impact they should have deployed. I barely have a front portion of a bumper. Engine was smashed into my cab practically. Fenders caved in. Totaled.... I need help understanding this. I need to be insured that Toyota would not let this be overlooked. Im asking for this and maybe other safety issues to be handled and taken into to serious concern. It might be with this model truck only.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 052007

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Toyota Tacoma-trd- 2004. Head on collision, servered front damaged. Both airbag did not deploy.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

May 012005

Tacoma 4WD

  • miles
2004 Toyota Tacoma slid on ice and hit a tree resulting in the vehicle flipping and injuring the three passengers and the air bags did not inflate.** answer required***.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

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