NHTSA — Air Bags: Side/Window Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,251 miles

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2008 Scion tC seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Scion tC Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 072011

tC 4-cyl

  • 30,002 miles


While driving on a country road, which are everywhere in South central il, my driver side-curtain airbag deployed. The road is one which I've driven hundreds of times with no problems. The local Toyota dealers regional manager told me that I had damaged the car by striking a"pothole" and that "pothole" caused the side-curtain airbag deployment. I had just had new tires installed the week before, so I returned to the tire shop and indeed my rims were slightly bent, but, they were still perfectly in balance. Toyota claims that these "bent rims", although they are still perfectly balanced, caused my side curtain airbag to go off.I have had several of the other issues that are in this database for the 08 Scion Tc. The drive by wire throttle has went rouge on me several times( unintended acceleration and sometimes a delay in acceleration).slight bumps such as "slow-down" strips unsettle the car greatly also. The stock tires came apart in less than 30K miles. Finally, the throttle is hair-trigger off the line which makes for nightmarish winter driving. This will be my last Toyota.

- Mattoon, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 102008

tC 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,500 miles
My daughter had a new 2008 Toyota Scion, less then 3,000 miles when she was hit by a semi - front drivers side. Her airbags did not deploy on either side -- even though her lights indicated that they did deploy. Her seatbelt did not lock and hold her in place. She came up and out of the shoulder harness and hit her head on the roof and top part of the window. Toyota held up the repairs for several weeks, failed to show when they promised to send an investigator to the Toyota body shop. Refused to send copy of the report and claimed that nothing was wrong. They even said she probably came out of the seatbelt and hit her head after the wreck when she unbuckled her belt! the car is now repaired, over $10,000 and she's very concerned about the safety of her and her passengers in the future. Neither the dealer or the manufacturer will give her answers.

- Spanaway, WA, USA

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