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NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,850 miles

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2007 Scion tC seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2007 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 282010

tC 4-cyl

  • 105,700 miles


I hit a police car that was parked on the fast lane on the interstate and never even applied the brake. I was doing between 65 to 75 mph. No airbags deployed! the impact... well the front apron on the driver side is gone, the strut tower is gone (I don't mean bent.... gone), the lower part of the a pillar is pushed in pretty bad, it buckled the floor pan, the door jam (rocker panel) buckled, the door bowed and even buckled the rear quarter. The door latch held up, the door had to be removed by the fire department. I keep my seat back pretty far, however my face hit the steering wheel hard enough to bend the top of the steering wheel and chin broke some of the plastic parts off the wheel and now missing part of my lip and have quite a few stitches in my face. And of course it knocked me out. I have lots of bruising from the seat belt around my waist, but none from the shoulder strap. The shoulder retractor didn't lock to keep me from hitting the wheel. The Scion seat belts in the front have "pre-tensioner with force limiters" in them, neither worked. I called Toyota, the claim rep stated that unless both airbag sensors take direct and equal impacts or the airbags will not go off. He stated that Toyota wouldn't even look at the car for the airbags. Updated 12/08/10 updated 12/13/10 updated 12/30/10 updated IVOQ 01/07/11

- St Albans, WV, USA

problem #1

Apr 152008

tC 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
April 15, 2008 I had a car stop short in front of me and swerved to miss them hit the median and rolled at least six times according to a eye witness running around 60-65 mph the car was totaled and there was no air bag deployment and I know that there not supposed to deploy on a rollover but at some time or another it hit the front end hard enough to bust and bend up the radiator and it pushed the motor back into the fire wall and not to mention the damage done to the body work so I just kind of figured somebody needs to know I was injured in the wreck and I honestly couldn't say if they would of helped or made the accident worse but I need to know why they didn't deploy I've found no recalls or anything on the car so maybe it was a default air bag, ,, please let me know something, , the car was a 2007 Scion Tc.

- Eastman, GA, USA

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