really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
20,249 miles

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2005 Scion tC seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 112008


  • miles


My son lost his life on Dec 11, 2008 he was riding passenger in his own car, when his friend whom driving lost control of vehicle, the vehicle slid side ways, passenger side into a utility pole slid around and rear ended a tree, at which time my son was ejected out through the back window as a result to his death. He had his seat reclined, in which you see people doing this all the time while traveling. The auto manufacturer needs to not only put have this there owners manuel (which people don't read unless there is a problem) the auto makers need to put a sticker on the sun visor to warn drivers/passengers not ride or drive with the seat reclined. I have check on the internet and found that the auto makers are aware of this problem and congress are the feds has yet to make the auto makers do anything else about this problem, how many more kids will it take before something happens... by the way I only had one son, who I loved very much and now he is gone...please if anything make the auto makers do something.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #3

Feb 022006

tC 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,997 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Scion Tc. The contact stated that the speedometer, seat belts, and air bag cover have failures. The speedometer does not work when the vehicle is in motion. The driver's side seat belt latch was not working properly and was repaired. Currently, the passenger side seat belt is experiencing difficulty disconnecting from the latch. The dealer stated that the E clip failed in the air bag cover. The cover was repaired, which only lasted a few months before failing again. The vehicle has been at the dealer approximately four times for these failures. The failure mileage was 14,997 and current mileage is 38,000. Updated 03/09/09. The tire pressure monitoring system failed to alert the consumer she had a sidewall blowout. Updated 03/11/09.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 022008


  • 31,000 miles
My 2005 Scion Tc surges/lurches forward when resuming from a stop. The amount of pressure you apply to the gas pedal has no effect on how the car is going to move forward. The problem was very intermittent and hard to notice but started happening more and more often as of Aug./Sept. 2008. In mid Sept. I almost rear ended the car in front of me taking off from a stop light. I took the car to the selling dealership and the service mgr. Went on a test drive and said he noticed the problem at least 5 times in a few mile drive. When I picked my car up 2 days later the service invoice stated "unable to duplicate" and it was recommended I have a 30,000 mile maint. Done I had just had those services done 1 month earlier and they were aware of that. It was then recommended that I switch gas stations and use high octane fuel and use a fuel injection cleaner purchased from any gas station, then if no improvement further diagnostics would be needed but no codes in the ECU. I followed the recommendations for over 2 months and no change. Went back to the same dealership and was told nothing could be done and even with an extended warranty the regional service mgr sent to "inspect" my car did not inspect it and refused to authorize the repair and submit the claim under the extended warranty. I also at this time reminded them that the speedometer does not work all the time. And when it doesn't work and the car is idling the speedometer shows a speed of 5-10 miles per hour, yet while driving shows a speed of 0. I also pointed out that the drivers side pillar airbag cover they fixed weeks ago is hanging loose. It comes off every time you shut the door. This has been repaired at least twice before. They refused to acknowledge this problem as well. My car has or is having about 95% of the items displayed in your service bulletins, seatbelts, airbags, fuel injectors, window controls, sun roof, air condition and tire pressure monitor system. And the dealership aware of all of them.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 222008

tC 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
I was rearended in my 2005 Scion Tc, by a 2003 Ford Explorer and pushed(sandwiched) into an F350 truck in front. The car was totaled. The airbags did not deploy and both driver and passenger seatbelts did not lock.

- Indianhead, PA, USA

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