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NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,000 miles

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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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2008 Scion tC accessories - exterior problems

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2008 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 022012


  • 0 miles


The trunk latch broke off! a little bit of research on the web and low and behold, this problem is everywhere! it is such a cheaply made part and so clearly breaks all the time. Toyota absolutely should recall and fix this problem at no charge to owners!

- West Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 102010

tC 4-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
2008 Scion Tc hatchback handle/cover has broken twice. This occurred with only normal use and in researching seems to be a design flaw in the series. The part is held on with plastic and slim metal parts that break during the course or normal use. In order to open the hatch you must push the handle underneath the cover and pull up. The design seems to be such that the parts are not sturdy enough to handle this normal use.

- Kinston, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 012010


  • 47,000 miles
I own a 2008 Scion Tc which that is driven by my son and have 2 complaints which I feel are safety defects. Upon taking it in for repairs on 6/16/10 we advised the service advisor at Toyota of hollywood (fl) that the front grill fell off after hitting a bump in the road. The service advisor told us that we should repair this ourselves since he didn't want Toyota to be liable if it fell off again. Shouldn't they be liable in the first place since they are the manufacturer of the vehicle? secondly, while my son was driving on I-95 last week (7/1/10), the hatchback popped open while driving at a speed of approximately 55 mph. When he arrived home, we noticed that the latch to the hatchback was very loose and held together by 2 worn out screws. I contacted the service manager at Toyota of hollywood for a resolution to this matter and have not yet received a return phone call.

- Cooper City, FL, USA

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