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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,000 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Scion xD Owner Comments

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

Nov 232011


  • 45,000 miles
I, like many others located in cold climates, seem to have had the same problem. While attempting to stop an odd grinding, something-engaging, motorized sound come from the brakes followed by very soft, extended braking and the 'ABS' and 'brake lights' coming on. During the cold months, the lights simply never go off and this issue happens sporadically. Now that it is warmer, the lights are on and off all the time and the sounds and grinding happen a dozen times over the course of a 15 mile drive. I've learned to expect it and as soon as I hear the engaging noise while in motion; I know the braking may become difficult. The issue so far has disappeared every early-summer only to return, as expected, every late-fall. It first began several years and continues to occur. From what I have read, this appears to be an issue regarding faulty rear-hub sensors and/or wiring harnesses, and they are not isolated incidents. Toyota/Scion is surely aware of this problem. The problem is I don't have upwards of $1200 to fix this issue, and I don't believe it falls upon me to do this, either. It's a clear manufacturing/part defect and it really would be great if Toyota/Scion stepped up and were proactive becuase this issue will get someone seriously hurt or killed, if it hasn't already.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #1

Feb 072013


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Scion Xd. The contact stated that while driving 75 mph, the check engine light illuminated then the vehicle decelerated to 10 mph. The contact was able to coast the vehicle the shoulder. The vehicle resumed normal function after the engine cooled down. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the ignition coil had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 61,000.

- Spartanburg, SC, USA

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