1998 Toyota 4 RUNNER Air Bags Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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1998 Toyota 4 RUNNER Air Bags Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID348812
 Internal NHTSA #759894
 Model4 RUNNER
 Model Year1998
 File date04/03/02
 ComponentAIR BAGS
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemOn 03'04/02 i was sitting at the traffic light witin on the light to change to green. The light changed to green , then i proceeded into the intersection where i was t-boned on the driver sided. At this time i hear a loud bang then the lower area by the brakes caved in on my left leg, the the doors locked ,then my car alarm sounds off. During this time i can see smoke to my leftt in the door area. So immdiately i try to get out of the vehicle but i had to unlock doors first. I recall trying to get out of the seat but iwas restraint by the seat belt during this time from the impact my vehicle is still moving. I reached over to remove my seat belt while also raising myself out of the seat when the driver air bag deployed. My arm to the full force of the pressure of the air bag deploying. I managed to get between the front seat to cross over to the passenger side to get out of the vehicle when the air bag started to deployed i reached for my purse on front floor of the passenger side and continue to get to the back seat of 4 runner. I tried to get out on the rear driver side door but it would not open then i went to the passenger rear door and got out but when i stood up out of the vehicle my left leg collaspe and i found my self in the middle of intersection unprotective. I laid in the intersection for about 5-7 minutes before other citizen camed on the scene. You could not began to image yourself trapped in this utility vehicle like a caged mouse with no way out. All hear is the bang, electric doors locking, alarm sounding off, and smoke to the left of you and no visible person to help you get out of this cage. Nlm
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure
Number of Occurences1
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateBIRMINGHAM, AL
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?Y
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?Y
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons1
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase01/06/98
Was original owner?Y
Anti-lock brakesY
Cruise controlY
Number of cylinders
Drive train typeFWD
Transmission type
 Vehicle speed5
 DoT tire identifier
 Tire size
 Location of tire code
 Type of tire failure code
 Was defective tire repaired?
 Date of manufacture
Type of child seat code
Type of restraint
 Dealer's name
 Dealer's telephone number
 Dealer's city
 Dealer's state code
 Dealer's ZIP code
  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.



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