NHTSA — Latches/Locks/Linkages Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,152 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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2007 Scion tC accessories - exterior problems

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2007 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 192009


  • 60,000 miles


Trunk latch broke off. I have seen many cars with tape holding it back on. I used gorilla. It doesn't look the best but Toyota wanted to charge $150 just for the part.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #5

Mar 272011


  • 63,915 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Scion Tc. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph the sunroof was open and it shattered. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they have they were unable to diagnose the failure. The latch on the vehicle was also broken. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 63,915.

- Menisee, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 272011

tC 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I purchased a used 2007 Scion Tc on labor day 2010. I noticed that the trunk latch cover was a little flimsy for such an important, commonly used part of the car. During the colder months, opening the trunk was a delicate procedure because often I felt the cover would break from just trying to open the trunk. On 2/27/11 my 13yr old son opened the trunk after I had just shut it to put in his luggage and the cover ripped on the left side running diagonally all the way to the top, leaving only the thin molding strip to secure it in place. I was about to rip the whole thing off so it wouldn't fall off while driving, when I noticed that the latch mechanism was attached to it. I also noticed that the clips that keep it attached on the right side had broken, so I couldn't just push it back into place. Like many others on this forum, I used clear packing tape to secure it in place, taking care not to get it on any other part of the car where it would damage the paint. It seems unbelievable to me that for a part that is seemingly so fragile and easy to break that 1. there are barely any used parts to replace it 2. very few sites that even sell it and 3. that this kind of thing wouldn't be covered under warranty, considering the many number of forums I've seen with owners complaining about the same thing. I think I will look into some type of epoxy and pray that it will pass inspection in August. Glad to know that I'm not the only one who apparently doesn't know how to open a trunk.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 012010


  • 47,000 miles


I just purchased my 2007 Scion Tc five days ago. And last night (day 4) as I went to manually lift up the trunk from the handle area the whole area popped off car! I was not using excessive force of any kind. I know the vehicle was not like this prior because I had just been to the grocery store the previous night. Luckily I was just leaving my parents house when this happened so I was able to quick fix it with some clear packaging tape. But now it looks very tacky and cheap. Since I live in las vegas, nv. I don't think that this will be an adequate long term solution because of the extreme temperature changes & rains.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Nov 182010


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Scion Tc. While the vehicle was parked the contact pulled on the trunk handle to open it and the handle detached. The wires that connected the handle to the vehicle were not in place to ensure that the handle would remain attached to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 61,000.

- Wahiawa, HI, USA

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problem #1

Aug 232010


  • 0 miles
I own a 2007 Scion Tc. When I went to open my trunk the handle and the part around it completely came off. Is this covered by insurance because it is definitely a defect that I did not cause.

- Fort Walton Bch, FL, USA

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