Toyota Recalls Scion tC Coupes

On Tuesday, October 24, Toyota announced that it was recalling the Scion tC Coupe. Almost 30,000 vehicles are affected. It seems that the side airbags may deploy if the door is slammed shut when the ignition is turned on or within 90 seconds of when the ignition is turned off.

Right now, Toyota has only received 17 reports and no accidents or deaths have been reported. Toyota will send recall notices to owners next month and the airbag sensors will be replaced at no charge.

Let this be a lesson to you all, don’t slam your doors!

Full details and contact information below.

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 24, 2006 – Scion, from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., will launch a voluntary Safety Recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) involving approximately 30,000 tC sports coupes from the 2005 and 2006 model year. The affected tC sports coupes were produced from March 2004 to early March 2006. There have been no accidents, deaths or injuries reported related to this condition. The Scion tC is only sold in the U.S. market.

The seat-mounted side airbag and side curtain airbags on certain tCs may inadvertently deploy if the door for that side of the vehicle is closed very forcefully while the tC’s ignition is in the “ON” position or within 90 seconds of turning the ignition key from the “ON” position to the “OFF” position. There have been 17 cases of this condition reported.

Scion will mail owners of the involved vehicles a Safety Recall notification via first class mail early next month. Owners are requested to contact their local Scion dealer for replacement of the driver and passenger side airbag sensors upon receiving their notification. Replacement will be done at no charge to the owners of the vehicle.

Customers with questions or concerns should contact the Scion Customer Experience Center at 1-866-707-2466.

[Source: Toyota]