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NHTSA — Electronic Stability Control Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,361 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.

2008 Scion xD brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Scion xD Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 172009

xD 4-cyl

  • 35,254 miles


My ABS and brake lights came on while I was driving on a residential road. Went to the nearest Toyota dealership, where they told me that my ABS sensor was no longer working in the left tire. They replaced the sensor. 6 months had passed and the light came on again for a few days then went off. This scenario played out for the next several years, more so in colder months. The reason it was not repaired was because the cost was too high to fix. Starting in October 2013 the ABS and brake lights came on and have not come off since then. I recently brought the car to a mechanic (August 26, 2014) where they took a look at the issue. It was discovered that both my front tire ABS systems were not working and the cost to replace both systems was $1,100.

- Riverside, RI, USA

problem #4

Apr 162014

xD 4-cyl

  • 38,800 miles
As I was driving, my ABS, brake light, vsc lights all came on. They flash constantly. I had the vehicle checked and was told I needed to replace my ABS sensors both the left and right side. Now again the lights came back on and I'm told that the wire harness has to be replace to fix the problem.

- Forest Park, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 252014

xD 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
After car was sitting outside after snowstorm, car was started and as I pulled out of the parking spot, several lights (brake, tsc, ABS) appeared on dashboard. Once I began driving on the slippery road surface, the anti-lock brakes no longer functioned as they had previously, leading to increased sliding. This seems like a severe safety issue. The lights went out after driving for several miles, but re-appeared sporadically over the rest of the winter.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 182012


  • 34,000 miles
ABS and vsc lights came on. ABS and vsc not working. Dealer states it is the right rear speed sensor that has a short in the wiring harness. Dealer said it was safe to drive until I get it fixed, but the ABS and vsc would just not work. After hitting large bump right before braking was required, the brakes did not engage. The car is unsafe and is not covered under warranty per Scion. This is a serious safety issue.

- Batavia, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 282008

xD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,750 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Scion Xd. While driving approximately 34 mph, the vehicle spontaneously jerked to the right. The contact depressed the brake pedal, but the vehicle would not stop. The vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle and some bushes; however, the only thing that stopped the vehicle was the mud. The engine continued revving until the ignition was turned off. During the failure, the contact could not control the steering column nor the vehicle because the electronic stability control system failed. In the event that at least one wheel loses traction, the stability system prevents the driver from steering the vehicle. It will align the vehicle to move straight forward, thus preventing the contact from controlling the vehicle in the event of an emergency. The contact requested a copy of the police report and has pictures of the failure. As of August 1, 2008, the cause of the failure is still under investigation. The vehicle sustained moderate damage. The failure and current mileages were 9,750. Updated 09/10/08. Updated 09/16/08. Updated 06/22/10. Updated 5/28/10 updated 06/14/10.

- Sylvan Beach, NY, USA

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