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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,714 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.

2009 Scion xB electrical problems

electrical problem

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2009 Scion xB Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 172009


  • miles


1. defective air bag inflators manufactured my takata were installed when the vehicle was manufactured. Nothing has happened yet, however, the stability of the the air bags is unpredictable and puts passengers at risk until it is corrected. The inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to humidity and high temperature. An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death. 2. a power window master switch may melt. The electrical contacts are not protected by necessary lubricant which could lead to a short circuit and an increase the risk of fire.

- Keaau, HI, USA

problem #5

Nov 122013

xB 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
To much consumption of oil.

- Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 092014


  • 65,251 miles
Master window switch caught on fire, and unit and plastic was melted. Had to replace, only to find out this part was recalled for the same model number and year as mine, but my VIN did not match up. You may need to investigate further. Same issues the recall described, and may be more like me out there. NHTSA campaign id number: 12V491000 NHTSA action number: PE12002 component: Visibility:power window devices and controls.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #3

Mar 192014

xB 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles


Our security system has started going off at random while we are driving down the hi way at 65 mph or when we are making a turn, the 4ways start flashing and the horn starts blowing, this is scary and can cause other cars to slow or stop behind us.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #2

Feb 152009


  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Scion Xb. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact noticed that the warning chime for the seat belt would not sound if the seat belts were unbuckled; he stated that it was not loud enough. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who told him that the vehicle was designed that way. The manufacturer had not been notified. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 10 and the current mileage was approximately 13,500.

- Butler, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 172009


  • 22 miles
I purchased a new 2009 Scion Xb on 17 July 2009. I immediately noticed the "warning buzzer" associated with key in ignition, seat belt warning, lights on, and door ajar was inaudible. I returned the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the "buzzer" was very quiet and there was nothing that could be done. The mechanic could not even find it. On 27 July 2009, I called Scion customer service and they informed me that the "warning buzzer" was indeed quiet and there was nothing they could do about it. I consider the 'warning buzzer" to be an important part of the safe operation of the vehicle and Scion's response was unwarranted.

- Waldport, OR, USA

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