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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,978 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Scion tC electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 132016


  • 186,594 miles


The contact owned a 2006 Scion Tc. While driving 65 mph, the contact noticed flames underneath the vehicle as it spread to the engine compartment of the vehicle. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. A police report was filed. The contact did not sustain any injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 186,594.

- Prichard, AL, USA

problem #5

Jun 232014

tC 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
P043E, po444F, P2401, P2402, P2419 codes charcoal canister assembly failed seems to be a very common problem with this particular Toyota model and Toyota should pay for the replacement. Faulty equipment expensive to replace. Want Toyota to replace these parts / tsb notice.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Feb 272014


  • miles
Shortly after parking the vehicle, it caught on fire. The fire capt. Stated it was an electrical fire near the alternator front side of the engine cabin.

- Wilmington, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 272012


  • 101 miles


I hit a deer and the hood busted, the battery busted and the radiator busted. Rocco's collision in turnersville lied, progressive in mount laurel lied, copart in trenton or glassboro got it from a auto in sewell New Jersey. These 4 places spun my car in a circle pretending to fix it, while they stole parts and pretended it was a total loss. It was less than 1000 dollars reported as $8500 in damage. I lost $17,000 and got paid $10,300....they even stole the deductible and fixed nothing.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 192010


  • 62,000 miles
On my way home from driving my parents to the airport on May 18th, 2010 at approximately 4:00pm my check engine and low tire pressure light came on. I returned home and was there for a few hours. Around 7:00pm I went out to dinner with a friend. I returned back home shortly after 10:00pm. At approximately 1:10am on May 19th, 2010 I heard the sound of what I thought was fire crackers from the front of my home. I went outside to investigate the noise and to my complete shock my entire vehicle was in flames. I immediately called 911. The fire department put out the fire and said they believed it was electrical. I called the fire investigator that same day and left a message for him to come back out. On May 20th, 2010 around 9am michael burkhart from cape coral fire, rescue & emergency management services came to my home to investigate the fire. He determined that it was caused around the wire housing towards the back of the engine as he pointed out where the most heat was located. Also the wiring that goes to the housing in the engine was completely burned to the metal unlike the wiring inside the passenger compartment which still had some plastic coating over it. The report number is [xxx] for the city of cape coral fire department. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 282009


  • 63,175 miles
I was parked on a corner and heard a loud pop. I was scared and automatically thought something fell on the top of my car. I saw glass falling in the car and outside the car. I got out to look at it and nothing was on or near the car showing that something fell on it. The wind deflector malfunctioned causing it to pop up, while the sunroof was closed, and breaking the side hinges for the sunroof, and shattering the sunroof glass. Being that I was not home at the time, I drove to my residence and glass was flying in and off the car from the sunroof through the visor. This is the first time this has happened with my car but not the first incident with Scion Tc. I did a little research online to see if there was a recall on this part, but found that I was not the only Scion Tc owner who has had this problem. I called Scion about it, and they told me that they could not fix it if it was not under warranty and this would have to be paid for out of pocket. I would have to take it to a dealership or my insurance company and pay an estimated $932.41. Problem is, insurance does not cover company malfunctions. This is unacceptable. I should not have to pay for a companies recurring mechanical errors. This is unsafe and a recall needs to be made on this as soon as possible. I could've been hurt, splinters from the glass could have gotten in my eyes. Something needs to be done about this.

- Conyers, GA, USA

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