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NHTSA — Structure: Body Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,247 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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2006 Scion tC body / paint problems

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2006 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #13

Mar 032016


  • 85,000 miles


Bracket that limits door opening gets caught on window track therefore creating a tear and pulling track back, window comes off the track and is unable to work properly and if forced window will shatter, dealer solution is only to replace automobile door since apparently track can not be replace itself.

- Oak Forest, IL, USA

problem #12

Oct 232014


  • 100,000 miles
Our Toyota 2006 Scion Tc was involved in a head on collision when it was pulling out slowing on a main road and the other truck involved was probably traveling close to 45mph, the car was totaled but not one air bag worked. This car was purchased because it had a high safety rating, however it is just lucky the driver and passenger were not seriously hurt. Had the car not been totaled we would have insisted it be totaled, would never purchase another Toyota again.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #11

Jul 192015


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Scion Tc. The contact stated that while at a stop light, there was an abnormal noise and then the front wind deflector fractured. The vehicle was taken to two window repair shops who recommended that the vehicle be taken to an authorized dealer for inspection and diagnosis. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Floral Park , NY, USA

problem #10

May 072014

tC 4-cyl

  • 63,669 miles


I was driving East bound on the 105 fwy and was keeping a save distance going at approximately 45 mph since traffic was stop and go, when traffic stopped on front of me. I started to apply the brakes with little to no response and could not stop in time to avoid a collision with the vehicle on front of me. A few minutes before and prior to entering the freeway I had felt something similar on the street and thought it wasn't an issue, however the brakes felt as if they were not responding. The brakes began to respond once again and I proceeded to continue to drive. After the accident I thought that this may not be an isolated incident and thought of reporting this incident to make sure it's addressed for future Scion Tc owners. My car is now a total loss and my insurance didn't cover it. I'm now seeking for an alternate vehicle so I can continue my internship/work experience.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 052014


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

- Hoover, AL, USA

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problem #8

Dec 032012

tC 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Hatchback door handle broke off in my husband's hand when he was opening the hatch. The handle is made of thin plastic and broke off with normal pressure and use.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #7

Dec 012009


  • 50,000 miles


I own a 2006 Scion Tc. When I grabbed the handle to raise the trunk the entire rear handle ripped completely off the car. Upon research I see that this a completely common issue. When I called the dealer they claimed this was entirely my responsibility to replace. However clearly this is malfunction in the design of the vehicle.

- Oxford, OH, USA

problem #6

Sep 052011

tC 4-cyl

  • 122,000 miles
The trunk handle on my broke off. Scion refuses to accept responsibility for this design defect. My husband glued it down, but my concern is that if the piece breaks off or detaches it could cause damage to another vehicle or injury. Scion representatives said that it isn't a design flaw, but rather user error from failure to open the latch properly. This is not the case, as I am now even more careful now that the latch is glued on. Even now when I am overly cautious to open the latch correctly, it still gets stuck and I'm concerned it will break again. Now that I have had the incident happen, I have seen 4 other Scion in various places that have their handle taped up, most likely due to the same reason. I find it hard to believe that Scion believes it is the consumer who is at fault when it is clearly a flaw in the designs of their vehicle, and they refuse to correct the issue unless you have dropped hundreds of dollars with them at their dealership for oil changes or other services.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #5

Nov 262011

tC 4-cyl

  • miles
There is a rattle noise coming from the rear left area around the hatch. This problem has been ongoing for years, and just realized many have reported the problem to Toyota online and a few complaints on your site. The rattle occurs when idle on a stop light, or idle somewhere. There appears to be something loose as you can hear a loose object when going over a pot hole or uneven road. The noise is a distraction and almost caused me to have several accidents as I try to identify where the noise is coming from. The noise can be very loud at time. Please make a recall on this issue since this problem appears to be a defect on the way the framing / body of the Scion's was built.

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #4

Nov 262011

tC 4-cyl

  • miles
The hatch back trunk handle is very flimsy and made out of plastic. The trunk never opens just by pression the release latch, it also requires to pull on the flimsy latch, which could cause it to break. I have had to already replace it once. I have seen many reports here and online of the same problem with other owners.

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #3

Jan 022011


  • 0 miles


My 2006 Scion Tc trunk latch was hard to open. Then one day the whole assembly fell off. In checking with NHTSA it was revealed that there are several complaints of this issue. How do we get a re-call??

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 122010


  • 92,000 miles
I have a 2006 Toyota Scion Tc and the rear hatch handle has completely come off for the 4th time in 5 years. The first time it was covered under warranty, the 2nd and 3rd time it was covered by the dealership as a courtesy but, as the car is out of warranty, they want to change me $260. Judging by what I have read, there is certainly a problem in the design to expect two clips to hold a piece of plastic that is directly in front of the latch that opens the trunk. There is a tsb in January this year that covers the back door handle garnish that is loose or broken, but my dealership says that is not the same. For me to spend money on an obvious Toyota manufacturing problem that will occur again is ridiculous. I have it taped on with duct tape that is really a nice color. How do I get satisfaction from Toyota" is there a tsb that I can't find"

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 022008


  • 42,546 miles
The rear door latch broke off in my hand. The whole mechanism needs to be recalled. Scion claims that the owner's manual advises not to let the mechanism bear any weight. This is erroneous, as the owner's manual tells you to lift after pushing the button. This lifting over time causes wear of the tiny plastic pieces that are bearing the weight of the entire rear/hatch back door. After having this problem I have been looking at other vehicles on the road, and not many have this kind of faulty design. The safety issue is two-fold: Number one, the light on top of this mechanism is the brake light. It just falls off over time. Once it is broken, there is no way to hold it in place and it blocks the license plate and also could fall off entirely and damage another vehicle. Needless to say I could not believe that this was designed into the vehicle. I am convinced that numerous other people have had this problem as both the dealership and the Scion help line admitted that this happens frequently. They all seem to be in collusion about it being a design defect even though they admit there is a problem with the weight bearing aspect of the trunk latch. I was to open it by touching the button and then lifting from the bottom of the trunk. When doing this it is impossible to open the door as the latch needs to be pushed at the same time it is lifted upward. Otherwise the latch just stays locked. I find this whole situation problematic as I purchased a Scion because of Toyota's solid reputation of standing by their vehicles. As may vehicle is past its warranty this defect is not covered. I was told that as one time gesture they would fix the problem if I paid for it and then applied for reimbursement. I live from paycheck to paycheck and do not have the money to fix the dangling door latch. After speaking with Scion over several days they agreed to cover the repair if the dealership would bill Scion for the cost. The issue is that it will happen again.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

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