really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,442 miles

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2006 Toyota Tacoma seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #36

Feb 142012

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles


Air bag light came on. I went into Toyota escondido to have it checked. Cost $105 to have them tell me it was the spiral cable and needed to be replaced. Stated that none of my airbags would work if that light was on and that my insurance would not cover me in an accident if the airbags did not deploy. Total cost for repair $654.80. I have talked to many Tacoma owners about this problem and they have all experienced it. Some have it fail under warranty and some like me have to pay. This shouldn't be happening.

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #35

Jul 152011

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 73,500 miles
The SRS warning light came on at approximately 73,500 miles. Toyota diagnose it as a failed spiral cable. The cost to replace it was ~$590 (including the $89 they charged to diagnose the problem. After researching the web, I have found that there are numerous complaints about this component failing for the 2006 Toyota Tacoma. Since this is a safety problem (and should not fail at this low mileage), I am requesting a recall on this vehicle. Interestingly enough, the 2006 Toyota 4runner has been recalled for the same problem.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #34

Feb 222012

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Air bag light on, horn not working. Dealer said defective clock spring in steering column.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #33

Jan 182012


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that his independent mechanic stated that the vehicle experienced a squib up spiral wiring failure. The failure caused the air bag light to illuminate. The mechanic replaced the squib wire in order to get the air bags to operate properly. The failure mileage 90,000 and the current mileage was 91.000. The VIN was not available.

- Milford, NH, USA

problem #32

Jan 102012

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Involved in accident going 45 mph. Airbag did not deploy.

- Newman, CA, USA

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problem #31

Nov 112011


  • 52,375 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated the air bags illuminate constantly. In case of a crash the air bay would not deploy. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated it needed a spiral cable and clock spring. There are no recalls or warranty for this failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 52,375

- Jarrettsville, MD, USA

problem #30

Nov 282011

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 48,987 miles


At around 48,000 miles, airbag light came on. Took it to Toyota dealer and was diagnosed at broken spiral cable. Total cost to fix was 460 dollars with labor. Seems to be a common problem with 06 Tacoma.

- Lyman, ME, USA

problem #29

Oct 112011

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 64,950 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. While driving approximately 45 mph, the SRS warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel continuously until the engine was turned off. The failure recurred whenever the engine was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and they stated the spiral cable would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer had not been made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 64,950. Updated 12/06/11 the consumer stated the diagnostic codes indicated the spiral cable failed which initiates the driver air bag. Updated 12/16/11

- Linville, VA, USA

problem #28

Oct 272011


  • 106,940 miles
Air bag warning light on and was quoted a price of $500 to repair. If not fixed, air bags will not deploy! something call "clock spring" under the steering wheel has malfunctioned.

- Miami , FL, USA

problem #27

Sep 092011

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 39,400 miles
2006 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer states problem with air bag system the consumer stated the vehicle had a faulty spiral cable in the air bag system.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #26

Oct 142009

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


Two years ago the warning light activated for my airbag. After several recall notices on other components I eventually took it in for the repairs. I was shocked to learn the spiral cable had failed and it would be approx. $800 to have repaired. An internet search indicates this is a huge issue with many complaints documented. This should be a recall since it is so common and a safety concern.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #25

Aug 022011

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 39,700 miles
Drivers side air bag light remains on. Diagnosed as a failed spiral cable. Toyota motors through their dealer ship refuses to acknowledge any responsibility (romamo Toyota, syracuse NY ) internet research indicates that this a common problem amongst Toyota vehicles and especially 2006 Toyota Tacoma's this is a safety issue. Why has this not been a recall item?

- Canastota, NY, USA

problem #24

Jul 252011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 68,392 miles
I took my 2006 Toyota Tacoma with 68,392 miles on the odometer to my local dealer because of a tire problem. I mentioned the airbag warning light being displayed. After the tire problem was addressed, the service advisor told me that the tech found the airbag warning light was on and that the cost of replacing the clock spring is $500. The service advisor told me that the airbags will still function despite the warning light. The information regarding the significance of the airbag warning light was not noted on the invoice.

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #23

Jun 182011

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 58,900 miles
Air bag/seat belt warning light is on for no reason.

- Milford, MA, USA

problem #22

May 302011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 49,800 miles
Airbag light stays on for no reason. Never a vehicle crash or airbag deployment. Only 49,800 miles. Spiral cable/clock spring sensor.. I have seen many on this site and after researching, knew mine failed. This should be a recall. Toyota charged me $565.40 to repair. Please recall this obvious defect....

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #21

May 072011

Tacoma 4WD

  • 85,000 miles
2006 Toyota Tacoma, 4X4. 85,000mi, driver's side airbag warning lite came on. Online search indicates problem is fairly common. $800 repair estimates. Safety issue should be covered by Toyota. Now driving with compromised safety system. Lawsuit"?"

- Trinidad, CA, USA

problem #20

Mar 202011

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 89,500 miles
SRS indicator light appeared on dashboard. I drove 100 miles to nearest dealer who could diagnose airbag issues. I was told the spiral cable failed and therefore needed to be replaced. Quoted $400 for part, plus 1.5 hrs of labor, so a total near $600. Called Toyota and they told me "sorry!" but would do nothing about it. I've been driving without a working air bag for almost 2 months now, simply bc I can't afford $600 for something I didn't break. Mileage was near 90000 miles when SRS light came on. From reading this website, obviously a recall is needed. Toyota just announced a similar issue (spiral cable) recall for the 2006 highlander, so I'm assuming the Tacoma is next in line! if not, it will be hefty lawsuit when airbags aren't deploying bc of an "oversight" from Toyota.

- Jackson, WY, USA

problem #19

May 102011

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
2006 Toyota Tacoma..at 95000 mi SRS light has come on and has stayed on I have tried my best to rule out any causes and cant come up with anything. I do know that this has been an ongoing problem with these trucks. I cannot afford to take this truck to the dealer right now so I am driving without protection.. Toyota is aware of this particular issue and wont do anything even though this is clearly a major safety issue.

- Gainesboro, TN, USA

problem #18

Apr 042011


  • 28,553 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer did not perform a diagnostic but advised that the air bag sensor failed and would need replacing. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that he could request a discount for the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 28,553.

- Ardmore, OK, USA

problem #17

Apr 032011

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
114,00 miles on 2006 dealer maintained Toyota Tacoma ext. Cab 2wd 4cyl. SRS airbag light came on. Diagnosed at Toyota dealer spiral cable failure. They want $750 to replace the cable. It's a safety item and should be covered for the life of the truck. Toyota has a problem, there has been enough complaints filed, time to do something.

- Dublin, CA, USA

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