NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,750 miles

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2005 Scion tC accessories - exterior problems

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2005 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 202009


  • miles


During cold weather, the latch on the trunk of a 2005 Scion Tc won't stay closed, keeping the hatch opened until it warms up, then it will close, but if it's cold outside it will stay opened.

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 102009


  • miles
Hatch handle broke as it has on many Scion Tc's.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 202009


  • miles
Purchased 2005 Scion Tc new on 12/29/2004 have had several problems with interior trim and paint. Then last June (2009) when opening the trunk (hatch back) the latch plate came off the car in my hand hanging by a cord. This plate is made of very thin plastic and attached to the car with thin plastic clips. The clips are not strong enough to with stand the constant use and amount of upward pressure it takes to raise the hatch. In December 2009 the lever on the drivers seat back to move the seat forward to allow passengers in the back stuck and wouldn't move. Couple days later the lever would move but didn't work. The seat back can only be moved now using the lever at the side of the seat bottom. The car had less than 50,000 miles on it when the trunk/hatch piece broke off and under 60,000 miles when the seat lever stopped working. All the interior trim pieces that line the hatch window have broken off and they are also only held in place with these very flimsy plastic clips. The drivers side front pillar airbag cover has been falling off since the 3-4 month I owned the car the dealer has "tried" to repair and still when you shut the door or just driving the cover falls off.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 162009


  • 51,000 miles
I have a 2005 Scion Tc that I purchase brand new from the factory. Recently I had my handle latch broken from normal use. I lifted it like you would normally do and it just snapped (broke). I then realized that it was framed or made with thin plastic that wouldn't last long on the car itself because if you apply normal pressure by opening it, the handle is not made to handle such pressure by the weight of the truck and glass. It's a hatch back. I notice numerous complaints from other Scion Tc owners on several blogs and websites. I have not attempted to fix it because I'm looking at parts alone $180 without labor. I was wondering if there's anything I could do besides filing a complaint. Thank you.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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