NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,000 miles

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2006 Scion xB electrical problems

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2006 Scion xB Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 012012

xB 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


I have a Toyota 2006 Scion Xb that I purchased new and am extremely fond of it. In March of 2014, the ignition switch started suspiciously loosening up, moving around when the key was inserted into the ignition and progressed in loosening up to the point where the ignition key was able to be completely pulled out/removed after inserted into the ignition to turn the car on and run the engine. The shockingly dangerous thing was that the engine could continue to run and could be driven. It was a huge safety issue due to engine being at risk of shutting off, losing the ability to steer or engage the brakes and being out of control of the vehicle one is driving. I contacted the Toyota dealership and had my Scion Xb assessed and repaired to the tune of $463 at the Toyota dealership. The Toyota dealership reported no recalls were issued for this malfunction. I know that GM had a big, intentionally delayed recall, related to this ignition/ignition switch malfunction of some of their vehicles which led to a number of accidents with some deaths resulting. This was reportedly due to accidents where the car is being driven, the ignition/ignition switch malfunctions and the engine stops running. I would like Toyota and other Scion owners to know that this has occurred and could be potentially lethal.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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