NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,425 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.

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2005 Scion tC brakes problems

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2005 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 222012

tC 4-cyl

  • 174,000 miles


I was on my way to work when the vehicle in front of me came to a complete stop. I was approx. Three car lengths behind her (which is plenty of distance at 25mph) when I applied my brakes though nothing happened. They made a grinding noise (like the pads were gone, but they are new ceramic pads). I ended up hitting the vehicle in front of me. I got a citation for following to close, which is $260, my insurance was increased by over $100 a month, I had to pay for her car plus $3750 of damage on mine. She didn't have insurance and was driving on a suspended license.when I told the officer what had happened with my car he just looked at me as if I was stupid. This is a major problem that is and has cost people a lot of money, not to mention being without a vehicle.

- Hermiston, OR, USA

problem #3

Nov 282004

tC 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100 miles
: the contact stated while traveling 40 mph, the vehicle's front brakes made a loud screeching noise when the brakes were applied and caused increased stopping distances. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on 6 occasions and the front brake pads and discs were replaced twice. This did not remedy the problem. The manufacturer was not contacted.

- Guaynabo, PR, USA

problem #2

Mar 032006

tC 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,200 miles
: the contact stated while driving 20mph on February 27, 2006 the brakes pulsated and there was a rattling noise present. The brake failure caused the vehicle to slide off the road. There was 15,040 miles on the vehicle when it was towed to the dealership. The dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. The second time the brakes failed was on March 3, 2006. While driving 65mph the brake pedal would not depress. There was 15,200 miles on the vehicle when it was towed in the second time to the dealer. The dealer was unable to duplicate the problem again, because the vehicle computer had reset itself. There were no repairs made.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #1

Apr 302005

tC 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
When the consumer attempted to apply the brakes, the vehicle continued to accelerate which resulted in an accident. The consumer states that previous times when applying the brakes they seem a little slow and occasionally heard an unusually thump noise. The consumer never thought anything about something being wrong with the brakes because it is a brand new car.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

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