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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,372 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Scion xB seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Scion xB Owner Comments

problem #10

Aug 302016


  • 74,829 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Scion Xb. The contact stated that that the check engine, maintenance, and air bag warning indicators illuminated. The dealer diagnosed that the air bag wiring harness was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 74,829.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #9

Apr 302011


  • miles
Carfax reports the vehicle was in an accident. How do I know if defective takata air bags where installed during repairs?

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 122012

xB 4-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
The air bag light came on and stayed on. We had our local mechanic look at it. He stated dealer had to fix because of computer cost to read air bag sensor readings. Mileage 155000. Several other dash lights come on and off.

- Ft Pierce, FL, USA

problem #7

Apr 172014


  • miles


After having my car, 2005 Xb, serviced my air bag light came stated they would need to remove the steering wheel to fix the problem. Car has approx 160,000 miles on it and I have seen others stating that same problem at or near the same mileage, Toyota needs to look into this cause it seems to be a problem. Also other lights randomly coming on such vehicle stability, check engine and another light all come on together for no apparent reason. Recall please.

- Mocksville, NC, USA

problem #6

Dec 172013

xB 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The air bag light came on and stayed on. We had our local mechanic look at it and he said the steering column needed to be taken apart to fix it. This sounds exactly like the current Toyota recall for the spiral cable assembly yet my Scion is not on the list of recalled vehicles.

- Spokane, WA, USA

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problem #5

Sep 262011


  • 143,000 miles
Driving on an access road, a car stopped suddenly in front of me at low speed, and I stepped on brakes hard and they did not work. Have had acceleration problems in past and reported to dealership. Car was included in the recall of cruise control sticking and acceleration and odometer going out and dashboard. Airbags deployed prematurely and did not inflate fully. Service light sticking preventing inspection until dealership can order part resulting in two traffic violations of no inspection even though presenting documentation of seeking inspection and failed. Replaced part on service bulletin, replaced three windshields having nothing hitting it but cracking anyway, back trunk handle broke, glove compartment broke, seat belt problems, car total loss by insurance company even though front had no damage visible, severe damage to front bumper underneath=six thousand dollar estimate-no transportation now-unsafe car, was loyal Toyota customer but this is not a safe car four sets of tires before forty thousand miles, factory put wrong size on care, private tire company identified problem and tire rims were damaged. This was a rip off car. Bought new-never again.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #4

Nov 012009


  • 96,000 miles


Air bag light is on. Toyota dealer advises the wiring harness in steering column needs to be replaced and is a common problem.

- Lancaster , CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 022009


  • 102,000 miles
I was driving my 2005 Scion Xb when I struck a guard rail and another vehicle with the front end of the Scion at approximately 50 mph. My airbag did not go off. This resulted in whiplash injuries to my head, neck and back. My vehicle was determined to be a total loss by my insurance company after the crash.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 202006

xB 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,888 miles
Front end collision on 2005 Toyota Scion Xb, both sensors were smashed and air bags did not deploy!

- Chantilly, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 292006

xB 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles
: the contact stated the airbags did not deploy during a collision. The vehicle was side swiped then hit a rock wall with the passenger side front end. This occurred at 65 mph and the damage was between the corner and headlights. The seatbelts were worn, but the occupants received minor injuries. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and has not been seen by a mechanic.

- Richmond, CA, USA

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