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NHTSA — Air Bags Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,755 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.

2010 Scion xB seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2010 Scion xB Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 232016


  • miles


"takata recall" I received the recall notice in the mail which states the propellant in these faulty airbag inflators may degrade after prolonged exposure to high humidity and fluctuating high temperatures. If airbags do deploy it can result in injury of vehicle occupants or death. Recommendations are not to operate the vehicle with an occupant in the front passenger seat, until airbags are replaced. We live in cathedral city, California, we have high heat with severe summer temps, humidity, and fluctuating temperatures. We are a family of four and often have a fifth passenger. I called Toyota of the desert in cathedral city and spoke with janie. Janie stated the airbag parts were not in and didn't know when they would be in. She instructed me to call back in two weeks. I asked if a rental vehicle will be provided in the mean time, she stated Toyota does not cover a rental, all customers have to pay out of pocket. I feel that Toyota of the desert has failed to remedy this problem in a reasonable time, and has failed to provide its customers with a rental vehicle due to the delay.

- Cathedral City, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 102016


  • 48,019 miles
The contact owned a 2010 Scion Xb. The contact stated that while the driver was driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle causing the vehicle to crash into the rear of the vehicle in front. The front driver side air bag deployed. The driver sustained air bag fragments injuries and burn injuries from the air bag deployment. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed and deemed destroyed. About a month later, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V340000 (air bags) and 15V689000 (visibility). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,019.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #2

Jun 302016


  • 50,000 miles
"takata recall". online notice advises passenger airbag is unsafe and can result in serious injury or death. After trying to contact Scion unsuccesfully, called gosch Scion in hemet, California who confirmed the inflator was indeed deadly. I asked if it was safe to drive and reply was "that's up to you". after a few more words were exchanged to the effect this $25,000 car was a pos, the gosch replied I would feel the same way if it was mine. Said they didn't have parts to fix and I would be contacted. Bottom line. I now have a car that is a deathtrap and am upset nobody in authority prevented such a worldwide debacle from taking place until several innocents died. My car is now being garaged indefinitely.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 242010


  • 5,000 miles
We question why none of the 4 airbags (2 sides, driver or passenger) deployed in a crash that had the 2010 Scion Xb airborne. And the vehicle rolled resting upright on the front of the car. The injuries were predominantly seatbelt bruises and a fractured kneecap. The multiple impacts during rolling may have been too low to initiate an airbag deployment or it could indicate a problem. What should be done to determine whether the response was appropriate? the car will likely be totaled by state farm. Is there (or should there be) any "trigger" that causes records to be kept on levels of damage and whether airbags actually deployed?

- Pearl River, LA, USA

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