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NHTSA — Visibility Problems


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,433 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 windows / windshield problems

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2006 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #14

Mar 112015


  • 96,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Scion Tc. While driving approximately 70 mph, the sun roof suddenly exploded causing glass to fall onto the head of the driver. No injuries were reported. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V483000 (visibility). The failure mileage was 96,000.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #13

Apr 192014

tC 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
As traveling down the freeway on way to work, I heard a sound that was similar to a gunshot or explosion of some kind. Glass started to fly in my face and all over the car barely missing my eye. It cut my arm and hand. The injury was not serious, my wife said if she had been driving she probably would have crashed when it happened. When I got home I called the both the dealership that sold me the car and Toyota headquarters in torrance. They asked me what I wanted and I said I just want it fixed they told me they would give me a good price to fix it, but it is not covered under any warranty. John got back to me a few days later and said that I could take it down to the dealership and have it fixed, pay for it myself and then Toyota would think about it. That's not acceptable. I work hard for my money and trust that a cars moonroof isn't going to explode while I'm driving it. From the other complaints, this doesn't seem to be a rare occurance. If a piece of glass had landed in my eye, I would have surely gone blind.

- Capistrano Beach, CA, USA

problem #12

Jun 012013

tC 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I was driving with my sunroof open. I heard a loud pop followed by a piece of the glass deflector shield fell into my vehicle, hitting me on the head. I stopped and looked at my sunroof and saw a spiderweb like crack on the wind deflector with no point of impact. There is a recall on this part as I am told by a dealership, Scion's corporate office, and online. The recall id is 50S. Even though there is a recall that describes exactly what happened to my vehicle, and it is a definite safety issue in regards to the part, I am being told that because my VIN number was not included that they will not cover the cost of replacing the part. I put in a complaint and do have a case number for it if needed for investigation.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #11

Feb 162013


  • 78,600 miles


I was driving on I10 (speed limit of 70) and heard a loud noise then a lot of wind. My sunroof had shattered.

- Deridder, LA, USA

problem #10

Apr 012012


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Scion Tc. The contact stated that the sun roof glass window deflector shattered without impact to the vehicle. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 05V483000 (visibility: Sun roof assembly). The dealer was notified of the failure and they advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in the recall for an unknown reason. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer and dealer were notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Torrence , CA, USA

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problem #9

Jun 122006


  • 79,000 miles
Defective windshield on 2006 Scion xb. The windshield is extremely prone to chips and has acquired at least a dozen in routine driving situations. Now there is a long squiggled crack across the drivers side windshield, not related to any chips. I have seen the same exact distinctive crack in other Scion xb cars. My vehicle does not qualify for the class action settlement related to this defect because of high mileage, even though the defects surfaced when it was brand new.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #8

Feb 152010


  • 50,000 miles


I was driving my 2006 Toyota Scion Tc on interstate I-95N going about 70mph when my sunroof exploded and shattered. Glass came raining down on myself and my passenger and also hit the car directly behind me.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #7

Dec 062009


  • 65,700 miles
Loud pop occurred. Upon inspection the wind deflector piece of glass was shattered with no point of impact. No road debris was observed. The glass failed.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #6

Aug 102009


  • 35,000 miles
I was driving to work one day and my 06 Scion Tc wind deflector glass shattered into pieces all over the inside of the vehicle. I immediately pulled over. I later called Toyota and they said they had a recall on the wind deflector for 06 Scion Tc's but it didn't apply to my vehicle. They will not pay to fix the problem. I have even contacted corporate. Researching this, this same exact issue has happened to hundreds of other people.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #5

May 162009


  • 55,000 miles
I was driving 65 mph down rt 55 in New Jersey. Suddenly I hear glass shattering and glass rains down on my head. The moon roof in my Toyota Scion Tc exploded for no apparent reason. Toyota says its not a defect and they wont fix it. I have to pay 2000 dollars to get it fixed. I don't have this money and glass should not explode for no reason. Not to mention I could have crashed my car and sustained bodily injury.

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 022008


  • 62,000 miles


My 2006 Scion Tc was sitting at a stop sign (with the sun roof down.) and while I was sitting there the very front piece that raises up just cracked out of nowhere. Bits of glass and stuff started falling into the car.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 312009


  • 15,560 miles
Taking a drive on a sunny day, I had my sunroof open and all of a sudden my husband and I heard a cracking sound. When we got home, we noticed the front part or wind deflector part of sunroof was cracked. Took it to Toyota and they said there must have been a pebble because the glass showed a point of impact.eard anything hit the window, it just broke. Why is something that is supposed to be a wind deflector made of glass?I never even noticed this piece of glass that pops up and now I feel vulnerable for driving in the future, . not to mention the almost $500 that it will cost me to fix this Friday. This should be a warranted item or it should be made of a plastic material. I saw many complaints like mine. I believe it shattered from the wind just like the many complaints that I read. I loved my Scion Tc and now I am disenchantment with this car.

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 132009


  • 53,000 miles
I went to roll up my driver side window and it came off track. When safelite came out to repair it the guy said the track was completely twisted and another part was bent. He said most likely it was a manufacturers problem. I then took my car to a body shop to have it looked at and the guy there said he's never seen anything like this and was going call Toyota and Scion to see if there were any silent recalls. A new door would cost about 745 and I refuse to pay for it and want it fixed for free.

- Windsor Locks, CT, USA

problem #1

Jun 162008


  • 33,200 miles
I was driving home from work in my 2006 Scion Tc at approximately 5:30 pm. Going 60 mph when all of a sudden my rear sunroof window exploded. It sounded like a gun shot and ended up cracking the entire window, sending pieced flying behind me. I had the rear cover closed, so no debris was able to enter the vehicle. I just purchased the vehicle used from a dealership Saturday afternoon and this incident happened Monday afternoon. I took the vehicle back to the dealership and they said that I may have to pay to get it fixed. I do not agree with this, and something needs to be done about this issue since it seems to be occurring to numerous people. Also, I was not driving under an overpass and there was no sign of any object hitting the glass. It just simply shattered.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

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