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NHTSA — Visibility: Sun Roof Assembly Problems

2006 Scion tC (Page 1 of 2)


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,151 miles

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2006 Scion tC Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Jul 182015

tC 4-cyl

  • 138,000 miles


I was driving on the freeway and heard a loud crack. My ac was on and it was about 92 degrees outside. My front sunroof wind deflector completely shattered....updated 08/27/15

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #23

Mar 052014


  • 76,000 miles
Moonroof shattered. Driving down the road under calm weather condition no road hazard.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #22

Jul 022013


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Scion Tc. The contact stated while driving various speeds with the air conditioner activated the sun roof exploded and glass fragments scattered inside and outside of the vehicle. The pieces of glass scratched the rear end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a collision center to be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Chardon , OH, USA

problem #21

Apr 152011


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Scion Tc. While the contact was driving approximately 70 mph, the sunroof glass unexpectedly shattered into the interior of the vehicle. The metal support frame also disengaged. The contact immediately pulled over to the side of the road and attempted to remove the broken pieces of glass. The contact stated that previously whenever driving over a bump in the road, a clicking noise emitted from the sunroof. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection. The technician stated that the failure was an unusual occurrence. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Scaramento, CA, USA

problem #20

Apr 192009


  • 70,200 miles
Driving 70 mph on the highway, no vehicles within sight in front of me, and no one to the side. My Scion Tc sunroof exploded. It was louder than a shotgun. I almost swerved off the road it scared me that bad. This was not the wind deflector it was the sunroof itself. I was doing some investigating and I know this has happened to others just by looking on a forum. I don't have a repair cost yet or even know if Toyota is going to cover it.

- Katy, TX, USA

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problem #19

Nov 162007

tC 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 16,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Scion Tc. While driving 63 mph, the sunroof exploded and glass shattered everywhere. The contact pulled the vehicle over and found no glass remaining on the sunroof. The Toyota dealer stated that pressure may have been the cause for the explosion. Scion had not taken any action and would not send a representative to inspect the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 16,500.

- Perry, OH, USA

problem #18

Apr 212007

tC 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,950 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Scion Tc. While driving 65 mph, the moon roof windshield shattered. The wind deflector also shattered, but was still attached to the vehicle. The contact was asked to bring in the vehicle with the deflector attached. The contact will have the vehicle towed. The engine size was unknown. The current mileage is 21,000 and failure mileage was 20,950.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #17

May 182007

tC 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,466 miles
While driving under normal conditions on I-85 South in concord, nc, main sun roof glass shattered without warning, causing shattered glass pieces to enter interior of car, and distracting driver to nearly causing crash.

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #16

Apr 172007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Around 5:40 am I was driving on the highway to work on a clear day at 60 mph I had the A/C on and the front window cracked. When all a sudden I heard a pop from the sun roof, and the sound of glass shattering. I had no idea what happened. I luckily had the cover pulled closed so the glass pieces didn't fall on my head. I took picture of the damage. Also, I was not going under an under pass. I just don't see how a rock big enough could of hit it without me seeing it. Something needs to be done about these sun roofs before someone gets hurt.

- Walkersville, MD, USA

problem #15

Feb 132007

tC 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,839 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Scion Tc. The mileage was 19839. Whild driving during wet road conditions at 65 mph she heard a loud popping sound. Stopped the vehicle to find out where the noise was coming from and observed that the sunroof had shattered. The dealer stated that an object hit the sunroof which caused it to shatter. The driver has pictures of the damaged sunroof. The driver stated that the sunroof wind deflector was the reason for the failure. The current and failure mileage was 19,839.

- Los Banos, CA, USA

problem #14

Jan 042007

tC 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


- the contact stated while driving driving at 25 mph, heard a loud noise. She realized the sun roof shattered, and the two sun roof side bars broke off. The contact did not notice any rocks that could have caused the failure. Per the contact, the Toyota dealer said it looked like the su nroof had exploded. She did not have a repair invoice, but had the two side bars from the sun roof.

- Apache Junction, AZ, USA

problem #13

Dec 292006

tC 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,500 miles
I was driving North on garden state parkway at about 70 mph in my 06 Scion Tc when my moon roof exploded. All windows (including the moon roof) were closed at the time. The moon roof completely failed (falling glass debris) in a half moon shape in the middle front. The wind deflector popped up but was not damaged. Glass blew violently throughout the inside of the car and I almost lost control since traffic was busy tonight. Paint finish on trunk and rear bumper was blasted by the debris. Car is currently sitting at gateway Toyota (toms river, NJ).

- Barnegat, NJ, USA

problem #12

Sep 142006

tC 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,100 miles
The moonroof in my 2006 Scion shattered as I was driving down the highway. There was no impact from any item that caused this defect. I have filed a formal complaint with Scion; reference # 200609141416. *note* the wind deflector is in the up position as if the moon roof was retracted, yet, the roof was closed when this happened. I am scheduled to take the vehicle by the Scion dealership tomorrow.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #11

Jul 262006

tC 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle's sunroof shattered while driving 55 mph on normal road conditions. A loud bang noise was heard prior to the incident. The contact suffered bruises and cuts and pulled off to the shoulder. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who notified the contact of an internal memo from the manufacturer which entailed a sun roof defect. The manufacturer was contacted to confirm that recall #05V483000 regarding visibility: Sun roof assembly pertained to the affected vehicle. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN. Pictures of the vehicle were taken.

- Gainesville, VA, USA

problem #10

Jul 272006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I currently own the 2006 Scion Tc, in which this incident is regarding NHTSA action number PE06024. My stationary glass panel section of my Scion Tc's moonroof has been shattered by no physical contact to the glass. As I was opening the trunk to my car, the moonroof began to crack, spidering and completely shattering the glass. I brought the car to Toyota around 12 hours after the incident, in which Toyota is currently investigating this issue. However, I wanted to report this incident to you, considering this is clearly a defect in the Scion Tc's design. The Scion Tc that I own is barely three months old with 3700 miles to it, so I am hoping this complaint will get back to Toyota and repair my car.

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jul 192006

tC 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 3,885 miles
While driving on the highway with the moonroof closed, I heard a very loud bang, and suddenly glass was raining down on me. The moonroof had shattered - I was not going under anything, and no vehicles were in front of me.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #8

May 252006


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I was going down the highway and my sunroof shattered. Nothing was done to correct the failure. I was told it was simply a road hazard and it was no big deal that my insurance would pay for it.

- Mammoth, AZ, USA

problem #7

Jun 282006

tC 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,290 miles
Wind deflector for moonroof shattered. Was going 25 mph in residential area. Was not hit by any object, rocks, etc.. no one was near me or in front or back. Other complaints found at

- Hercules, CA, USA

problem #6

Jun 102006

tC 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,000 miles
(1) rattle in hatch and sunroof caused driver distraction (2) when going over speed-bumps and slightly uneven roads, the rattle-distraction might be harmful to the other drivers on the road and to pedestrians (3 )more than five visits over a period of seven months to the dealership has not resulted in rectification of the problem.

- Mableton, GA, USA

problem #5

May 042006

tC 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
I owned a Scion Tc 2006. I bought it on Jan 10, 2006. Few weeks ago, I started to notice and hear a rattle noise on the roof area. On May 4, 2006 while driving on the highway @ a speed of 55 mph. The moon roof snapped and shattered. The glass chunks fell into the driver and passenger, kind of like a glass chunks rains that actually may cut you. We were covered in glass. I lost control of the car, due to frighten and glass all over, swirled left and right. I'm so fortunate that I didn't harmed anyone next to me or other drivers on the road. I'm really worry about driving such car. There is no warning to the buyer when such purchase was made by the dealer or the company. I hope you will take a serious action fast before an innocent person life is taken. Please help. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my complaint. Please help. If you have any questions, please send me an email. Email reply on May 18, 2006 confirmed that it was the sun/moon roof (not the wind deflector) that shattered.

- St. Ann, MO, USA

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