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NHTSA — Air Bags: Side/Window Problems

5.6

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,500 miles

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2005 Scion tC seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 022008

tC

  • 31,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 2005 Scion Tc surges/lurches forward when resuming from a stop. The amount of pressure you apply to the gas pedal has no effect on how the car is going to move forward. The problem was very intermittent and hard to notice but started happening more and more often as of Aug./Sept. 2008. In mid Sept. I almost rear ended the car in front of me taking off from a stop light. I took the car to the selling dealership and the service mgr. Went on a test drive and said he noticed the problem at least 5 times in a few mile drive. When I picked my car up 2 days later the service invoice stated "unable to duplicate" and it was recommended I have a 30,000 mile maint. Done I had just had those services done 1 month earlier and they were aware of that. It was then recommended that I switch gas stations and use high octane fuel and use a fuel injection cleaner purchased from any gas station, then if no improvement further diagnostics would be needed but no codes in the ECU. I followed the recommendations for over 2 months and no change. Went back to the same dealership and was told nothing could be done and even with an extended warranty the regional service mgr sent to "inspect" my car did not inspect it and refused to authorize the repair and submit the claim under the extended warranty. I also at this time reminded them that the speedometer does not work all the time. And when it doesn't work and the car is idling the speedometer shows a speed of 5-10 miles per hour, yet while driving shows a speed of 0. I also pointed out that the drivers side pillar airbag cover they fixed weeks ago is hanging loose. It comes off every time you shut the door. This has been repaired at least twice before. They refused to acknowledge this problem as well. My car has or is having about 95% of the items displayed in your service bulletins, seatbelts, airbags, fuel injectors, window controls, sun roof, air condition and tire pressure monitor system. And the dealership aware of all of them.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 142004

tC 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Scion admits there is a problem with the combination of accessories:1) auto-dimming mirror and 2) side curtain air bags. When the mirror is installed there is a chance that the wiring obstructs the air bags. They claim a tsb will be issued but can give me no time line for the issue of a new wiring harness. Dealers will not even pull the driver's "a" pillar trim to see if the wiring happens to be correct. So, we just wait... and wait... and wait and pray that there is no need for the airbags to function. There is also a problem with the "lid" covering the radio. It functions when it wants - often taking many attempts to get it to open. On the open road this is quite a distraction. We all know how many accidents are cause by such "minor" distractions as tuning the radio, talking on my phone, etc.

- Salem, OR, USA

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