hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,421 miles

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2005 Toyota Tacoma seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 112013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


Driver's air bag warning appeared, later disappeared. This has happened often over the last year. Activation of the turn signal sometimes causes this. Other times the warning light just appears by itself. A blow to the steering column sometimes causes the light to go out. This seems to be the problem address in recall NHTSA # 12V092000 but Toyota says my truck does not have a recall for this. Is my truck covered or not?

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #7

Jan 012013

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer writes in regards to safety recall notice. The consumer stated he took the vehicle to the dealer, where they found three other things wrong with the vehicle, which did not pertain to the recall. The consumer stated is seemed the dealer wanted to get paid first, for other things, they claimed were wrong with his vehicle. Updated 02/06/13

- Lares, PR, USA

problem #6

Feb 152011

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
My airbag warning light stays on after I start my 2005 Toyota Tacoma access cab. My truck has approximately 73 000 miles on it. I took it to the local Toyota dealer and for close to $100 they told me it was indicating spiral cable failure. This means the airbag will not deploy in the event of an accident (I am not sure if it means the airbag will deploy when not in an accident). The quote before taxes was over $600. I am very concerned since there was no reason for this to occur (no accident, not even bumped or tapped). They can replace it with a 1-year warranty (but since there was no concrete reason for it to happen who's to say it won't happen again in 1 1/2 years!). the service technician commented that they had seen this before. I strongly believe that this is a manufacturing problem and since it is also a safety issue think Toyota should put a recall out for these trucks.

- Nelson, 00, USA

problem #5

Jan 052007


  • 38,000 miles


I have experienced an intermittent problem with my 2005 Toyota Tacoma re: The air bag light coming on. This has happened several times, but eventually goes out. The vehicle has 49,000 miles. I have not taken it in to Toyota as the vehicle is out of warranty and I do not want to pay $ 80/hr. Trouble shooting charges.

- Kittery Point, ME, USA

problem #4

Jan 032009


  • 86,000 miles
My 05 Tacoma, dash light went on. I took it to the dealer and they "oh yea, that's been a big problem with those models". turned out it was the air bag warning light, after 85,000 it came on. It cost me $800 dollars to fix, they said it was a 5 hour job, but it only took 2 hours but charged me the $800 anyway.the part is called the spiral cable, and it attaches to the air bag, they said they had to pull my whole dash apart to fix. I later asked them "if this is a common problem, then why hasn't it been recalled"? service said, must not been that important ! I have logged many complaints about this, but never heard a word back from anyone. If I chose to not have it fixed, what would of happened if I had been in a head on crash with no airbags to deploy, that's why I purchased the Tacoma, for it's apparent safety.

- Victorville, CA, USA

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problem #3

Aug 012009


  • 58,000 miles
Airbag indicator light will not go off regardless of "fixes" on my 2005 Toyota Tacoma.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #2

Feb 222009


  • 81,000 miles
Air bag light stays on. Taken to dealership to have checked out and it was a defective spiral cable. 81,000 miles and $787 repair bill not under a warrenty. I had to pay and then the service tech tells me this has been a very common problem with Tacoma lately.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 202009


  • 78,368 miles
Warning light for airbag system came on. Manual said to take to dealership immediately. They ran a check and found that the spiral cable assembly needed to be replaced. (B1801) I had to pay out of pocket $798.44 to have it fixed. This to me, sounds like a manufacturer defect, and not something that is caused by wear and tear from the owner. I asked the service tech if this is common and he said, "oh ya, this is very common". my response was then why isn't this a recall part.

- Victorville, CA, USA

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