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 3 of 3)

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problem #16

Mar 232010

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 99,450 miles


Complaint:driver's side airbag light came on and stayed on as a solid light. Cause: Clock spring/spiral spring open circuit correction: Replaced clock spring cost to repair: $500.

- Foster City, CA, USA

problem #15

Feb 012011


  • 90,000 miles
90,000 miles SRS airbag light came on. Diagnosed at Toyota dealer spiral cable failure. They want $500 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.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #14

Mar 012011

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • miles
Copy of letter to Toyota concerning a defective spiral cable and electronic circuit; feels this part should have been repaired and covered under a special safety warranty or recall; enclosed automotive part fwd to nvs-200 the consumer stated the air bag light illuminated 12 days after being at the dealership to have a recall problem repaired. The dealer informed the consumer he would have to pay $88 to diagnose the problem. The dealer stated the problem was due to a broken spiral cable and electronic circuit underneath the horn which would cost $ 496 in addition to the $ 88.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #13

Nov 102010


  • miles


I own a 2006 Tacoma, recently the driver side airbag light came on. Went to dealership they told me the spiral cable in the steering wheel needed to be replaced would cost about $550. To replace. Needs be a recall.

- Lenoir City, TN, USA

problem #12

Oct 012009

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
SRS system failed at 65000 miles.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

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problem #11

Dec 052010

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
2006 Toyota Tacoma double cab, V-6, 4WD. I bought this truck new from palmer's Toyota in mobile, al. At 72,000 miles, the driver's side airbag light came on. Took the truck in for service and it was determined that the spiral cable in the steering column was bad. The cost to repair is in excess of $500! I chose not to repair at the time - have been driving with the light on for a week now. Service rep said that until repair is made, my airbags were "disabled". it appears that alot of Toyota owners are experiencing this same problem. What are the chances that this could be investigated and possibly Toyota issuing a recall for this?

- Moss Point, MS, USA

problem #10

Jan 032007

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,685 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the air bag light illuminated. The dealer stated that the failure was within the squid circuit. The vehicle was repaired under warranty. The failure occurred again. The vehicle had not been repaired again. The failure mileage was 14,685 and the current mileage was approximately 149,000. Updated 12/29/10 updated 12/30/10

- Riverside , CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 012010


  • 50,000 miles
Airbag light came on, stays on, dealer acknowledges failure, air bag won't deploy. Diagnostics show "clock spring/spiral cable" needs to be replaced. Cost $100 diagnostic fee and $654 to fix. Cannot afford to fix at this time. I have no airbag in the event of a collision. This part failed simply from normal turning of the steering wheel. Airbag not working with only 50,000 miles on 2006 Toyota Tacoma.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #8

Aug 022010


  • 66,780 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated the driver side air bag warning light remained illuminated. In addition when sitting idle with the brakes depressed, the vehicle would sporadically lunge forward. The manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 66,780.

- Hartsfield , SC, USA

problem #7

Nov 302009


  • 60,000 miles
Air bag light is intermittent. The light remains in the on position for extended periods of time for no apparent reason, giving you the impression that the airbag will not deploy when necessary.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #6

Dec 102009


  • 87,750 miles


I was operating the vehicle on the highway at about 70 mph and the airbag light (airbag SRS warning! according to the manual on the truck) came on. I immediately took it to the dealership because I was literally minutes away. The service technician knew exactly what repair needed to be made without even doing an inspection. I was informed that the "spiral cable" either shorted out or broke, and that my airbags would not function until the $400 part was replaced plus the cost of labor because my truck is no longer under warranty. I don't feel that a component as vital to the driver and passenger's safety as the airbag is should be subject to costly repairs unless it's actually been deployed. The vehicle has never been in an accident. Nothing has been done to correct the problem as of yet, it only became an issue today.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 022009


  • 118,650 miles
I was driving on I-16 West bound at 70 miles an hour when both air bags deployed without having an accident. 2006 Toyota Tacoma, I left the truck beside the road.

- Glenwood, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 232009


  • 60,000 miles
My wife was just involved in a single mvc, it appears she had a syncopal episode that made her loose control of her Toyota Tacoma. She was traveling at an unknown speed when for no apparent reason she veered to the right shoulder for several feet causing her to roll several times coming to a stop after hitting several trees head on. The vehicle is deemed a total loss. There was no airbag deployment from drivers, passenger or side.

- Norman Park, GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 312009


  • 85,000 miles
We purchased a 2006 Tacoma on Dec. 23, 2008 from competition Toyota in New York. We drove the truck back to Wisconsin that day. Two days after purchase date (approx. 1500 miles later), the airbag light came on. Having a busy schedule, and not using the truck much, we brought the truck into marquart Toyota in eau claire, wi on March 18, 2009. They assured me that it would be covered under warranty as long as it were an airbag problem. Turns out they charged us with $94.95 for the problem to be diagnosed. A spiral coil that allows the steering wheel to turn while still keeping the airbag connected broke. They quoted me $483.19 for the repair of this coil. Due to this broken coil, none of the airbags in the truck work. I called Toyota customer service to resolve this issue. After two weeks of deliberating, Toyota told me that this would not be covered under warranty. I reminded the representative whom I was speaking with that all safety related defects are to be covered in entirety by the manufacturer. None of the airbags in this truck work because of this coil, sounds like a safety defect to me.

- Chetek, WI, USA

problem #2

Nov 202008


  • 33,311 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Tacoma. While attempting to park with the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle suddenly lunged forward into a building. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact and passenger were uninjured and both were wearing their seat belts. The front bumper and grill were smashed into the vehicle. A police report was filed. The contact was able to drive away from the scene. The speed was unknown. The failure mileage was 33,311.

- Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 062007

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns 2006 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 60-70 mph he swerved from his lane into the next to avoid a crash which caused his vehicle to flipped approximately six times and slammed head on into an embankment. The contact stated that none of the airbags deployed. The road conditions were clear. The contact sustained bruises, tissue damage and a concussion. The crash caused the roof to cave, the windows to blow out and smashed the front end. The manufacturer stated that type of crash would not have caused the airbags to deploy and requested pictures of the vehicle. A police report is available. The current and failure mileages were 60,000. The consumer provided photos of the vehicle. Updated 09/18/07

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

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