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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,016 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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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 #11

Sep 072014


  • 142,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Scion Tc. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries. A police report was filed and the vehicle was towed to a salvage yard. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 142,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #10

Jan 072014


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Scion Tc. The contact stated that the driver's side air bag warning indicator was illuminated. The contact also stated that the horn and the cruise control was inoperable. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the module was defective but did not disclose which module. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

- Lexinton, KY, USA

problem #9

Feb 172014


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Scion Tc. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, another vehicle crashed into the drivers side and caused the contact to crash into the guard rail on the passenger's side. The air bags failed to deploy and the contact sustained back injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic but was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 109,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 172013

tC 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


05 Scion Tc collided with another vehicle on the highway. After impact Scion spun out of control and hit guard rail. Air bag in 05 Scion did not deploy, driver of Scion had an injured neck, bruise on left thigh and lump on forehead from hitting it in on steering wheel. Driver of Scion was taken to the hospital, and has to undergo physical therapy due to neck injury.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #7

Feb 032011

tC 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
Our daughters 2005 Scion Tc was in an accident that was a head on collision she lost control on black ice and hit a pole. Her car has been deemed totaled by the insurance and body shop due to the severe damage to the car. She has numerous injuries from this accident and the air bags not deploying. It is very strange when I called Toyota they claim there are no recalls for airbags which I see in fact there is by this website. They also state that the airbags would not deploy in this type of accident, with her hitting the pole direct and the car being totaled because of the damage how can they say this? they have not even seen the car and over the phone they are stating the airbags would not go off in this type of accident. Sounds like Toyota needs to get their facts straight. Thank god my daughter is still here, she had an angel looking after her that night because it certainly was not Toyota.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

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problem #6

Jun 202009


  • miles
Purchased 2005 Scion Tc new on 12/29/2004 have had several problems with interior trim and paint. Then last June (2009) when opening the trunk (hatch back) the latch plate came off the car in my hand hanging by a cord. This plate is made of very thin plastic and attached to the car with thin plastic clips. The clips are not strong enough to with stand the constant use and amount of upward pressure it takes to raise the hatch. In December 2009 the lever on the drivers seat back to move the seat forward to allow passengers in the back stuck and wouldn't move. Couple days later the lever would move but didn't work. The seat back can only be moved now using the lever at the side of the seat bottom. The car had less than 50,000 miles on it when the trunk/hatch piece broke off and under 60,000 miles when the seat lever stopped working. All the interior trim pieces that line the hatch window have broken off and they are also only held in place with these very flimsy plastic clips. The drivers side front pillar airbag cover has been falling off since the 3-4 month I owned the car the dealer has "tried" to repair and still when you shut the door or just driving the cover falls off.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 022009


  • 75,297 miles


Hi, I was involved in a car accident December 2, 2009. I own a Scion Tc 2005 model. I was traveling on highway 440 outer beltline near ext 7 glenwood avenue. It was raining heavily at approximately 6:30pm when I hit a puddle in the left far lane and began hydroplaning, I hit the car next to me on my passenger side and started spinning approximately 4-5 times and hit the cement barrier on the bridge of crabtree creek. I hit the barrier head on and the spun around again and hit the back drivers side on the cement as well. My car ended against the cement barrier on the far right side of the road facing the wrong direction. My complaint is that my airbags never deployed. Luckily I was not severely injured but hitting head on it is my opinion and that of the owner of the collision repair shop that my car was brought to, that the air bags should have deployed for safety reasons. I was driving at a speed of approximately 50 miles per hour, no more then 55. I have done research that shows it only take speeds of 8-14 mph that the air bags should go off at a sudden deceleration, and I was certainly going faster then that. There were a few recalls on the airbags on my make and model of vehicle but these were mostly pertaining to the side and knee bags. I have filed a claim with the Toyota/Scion customer service representatives and sent them pictures and I do have a case number with them. The dot people that came to the site of the crash had mentioned that this site of road is being investigated for previous accidents.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #4

Mar 182009


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Scion Tc. When the contact closed the passenger door on the vehicle, the passenger side air bag deployed without warning. The vehicle filled with chemicals from the air bag. The contact received a recall notice, but the dealer stated that the repairs for the air bag would be at the contact's expense. The VIN and mileages were unknown.

- Franklin, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 222008

tC 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
I was rearended in my 2005 Scion Tc, by a 2003 Ford Explorer and pushed(sandwiched) into an F350 truck in front. The car was totaled. The airbags did not deploy and both driver and passenger seatbelts did not lock.

- Indianhead, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 092008

tC 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
My son was involved in an accident involving his 2005 Scion Tc hatchback. The right front tire left the road and he attempted to correct this. When he corrected, the back end of the car went out from under his control. He crossed the center line and entered the ditch on the left side of the road. He hit a driveway culvert head on. The car then flipped end over end and turned sideways before it landed nose down in a ditch approximately 40 feet from initial impact. Neither the driver or front passenger airbags deployed. He and I have attempted to contact Scion for assistance, they have given us no help. Could you please help us out?

- Snow Hill, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 102006

tC 4-cyl Diesel

  • 15,880 miles
The passenger seat and passenger side curtain airbags deployed after a passenger exited the vehicle and closed the door. I was still in the drivers seat at the time. My right arm and right cheek were scratched.

- Denver, CO, USA

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