NHTSA — Visibility: Windshield Problems

2006 Scion xB (Page 1 of 5)


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,085 miles

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2006 Scion xB windows / windshield problems

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2006 Scion xB Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #93

Feb 012010

xB 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles


Out of no where; no trees, no trucks in front of me or any other vehicles, on a clear day, my windshield made a loud pop noise and it cracked from the top passenger side edge to the center of the windshield. It slowly creeped across to the mid-line of visibility on the driver side over the next 24 hrs. -- I was surprised to learn this is a common issue with this year and model!

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #92

Aug 152007

xB 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Had vehicle for a year when my windshield cracked for the first time. A year later another crack appeared. I did research and it seems like this model in particular had windshield problems and continuously cracked easily. I believe this is a huge safety issue as it affects visibility tremendously and continues to be an ongoing occurrence. As most warranty have expired by now, a recall on these windshield should be in processed.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #91

Apr 182009

xB 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Problem #1: front windshield cracked. I replaced the windshield and it cracked again on the replacement. A small pebble hit the windshield while driving on the freeway that caused it to crack. Problem #2: rear hatch handle broke when it was used. I opened the rear hatch handle and the plastic piece broke off in the process almost injuring my hand. I contacted Scion about the situation they that they were aware of. They required me to receive an assessment from the dealer. I drove to my nearest dealer and they did not require an assessment because they said the problem was already known. I contacted Scion again and they get back to me for a solution. The solution was for me to replace the rear handle with a high price amount. The rear handle expensive should have been taken care of on Scion's end, especially when a near injury could have take place. I received case number for my records.

- Cudahy, CA, USA

problem #90

Jan 282010


  • 50,000 miles


Crackwindshield: I have(my insurance company) has replaced 3 windshields in my 2006 Scion Xb and I currently have a (L) shape crack in my windshield, which starts at he top of my rear-view mirror. If I decide to replace this windshield this will be number 4. I have complained to the Toyota dealership when-ever I bring my car in for maintenance and I have been advised that the windshield is thicker than most due to the shape of the glass! hah! this is seriously a problem. If I contact my insurance company they replace the glass, if I want to consider a new insurance company they consider this a claim against my policy and this makes my insurance coverage higher with other insurance companies, which of course limits my options! this windshield situation is costly and dangerous!

- El Cajon , CA, USA

problem #89

Jan 192010


  • 79,200 miles
On Tuesday January 19, 2010 on my way home from work I noticed a small crack in the center of my windshield right behind the rearview mirror of my 2006 Scion Xb. I was going to take it to a shop to be repaired on Wednesday, on Wednesday morning I saw the crack had doubled in size and was in the shape of an L going towards the drivers side and was beyond ability to repair. I thought it could have been a rock that caused the damage, but I could not recall a rock causing such damage in so little time. So I did some research online to see that there are hundreds if not thousands of complaints of the L shape crack in the 2004 - 2006 Scion Xb windshield. I did more research and I was told to file a complaint with NHTSA in hope it could be resolved since this is a safety hazard.

- Berryville, VA, USA

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problem #88

Dec 192009


  • 38,500 miles
For the second time, the windshield on my 2006 Scion Xb has developed a large crack and will need to be replaced. In neither instance do I recall anything hitting the windshield. The current crack developed overnight while the car was parked. In my experience, this frequency of windshield cracking is highly unusual. I think the windshields (or perhaps the windshield mounts) must be defective.

- Mount Rainier, MD, USA

problem #87

Mar 152009


  • 0 miles


I own a 2006 Scion Xb and I have a huge crack that appeared out of nowhere on my windshield. This crack started out big, and then only got bigger with time. Upon doing much research, I have learned that this is a very common complain with the 2004-2006 Scion Xb mofels and I believe it is a safety hazard.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #86

Apr 012008


  • miles
This has to do with front windshield cracking. Our windshield has several cracks from a couple of minor hits by what I would consider small pebbles. Several cracks have formed and they are now joining together. I have read on line that this is a problem with these car's and therefore may be a defect.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #85

Mar 162009


  • 35,000 miles
2006 Scion just driving down the freeway and the windshield just cracked from driving.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #84

Mar 272009


  • 15,024 miles
Windshield cracked on a short two hour drive, nothing else unusual happened.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #83

Nov 122008


  • 11,000 miles


Windshield cracked for no apparent reason. This is the second occurrence.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #82

Oct 292008


  • 14,000 miles
I own a Scion Xb 2006 and have the same problem many other Scion Xb owners are having. My front windshield keeps cracking in the typical "L" shaped pattern. The first time was last year, it cracked for no reason during the late spring. A rock never hit it, nor did anything else that led to the crack. Yesterday, I noticed the same "L" shape crack starting, this morning, it spread across my windshield to the passenger side. The crack is just under 3 feet long. This is exactly the same as the first crack, starts on the drivers side about three inches from the end of the window frame and moves to the passenger side. I've had it replaced by my insurance company using their suggested auto glass repair people. I will have it replaced again, tomorrow. So far, this seems to occur every 8,000 miles. I called Scion today to tell them about my situation after finding numerous web-sites dedicated specifically to this problem. It seems to be a structural problem with the car and spans many years models as the newer 2008's have the same issues as my 2006 and the older 2005 models.

- Shirley, NY, USA

problem #81

Oct 132008


  • 48,015 miles
L shaped crack on windshield of my 2006 Scion Xb. Had the windshield replaced and one week later the new windshield cracked in the same place with the same shape. It also happened overnight when not driven.

- Venice, CA, USA

problem #80

Oct 142008


  • 21,000 miles
I just went into the garage to move my Scion and noticed a large crack in the shape of a J at the top middle of my windshield. When searching for auto glass on the net, I came across too many posts of Xb owners with the same problem and see that it looks like a "silent recall".

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #79

Sep 132008


  • 15,000 miles
Our car was parked overnight, when getting into the car the next morning I noticed that the windshield had cracked in the shape of an L.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #78

Sep 122008


  • 70,065 miles
I have a 2006 Scion Xb that was purchased in May 2006. Last year, in 2007, a crack appeared that started on the edge of the windshield on the driver's side. They crack then grew from a line into an L shape. A month or so after that another L shaped crack appeared coming from the top of the windshield behind the rearview mirror. I replaced the windshield on August 29, 2008. Last night the windshield was fine, this morning (September 12, 2008 - two weeks later!!) there is another L shaped crack behind the rearview mirror that appeared overnight while the car was sitting in my driveway.

- Creedmoor, NC, USA

problem #77

Aug 042008


  • miles
Around March 2008, I pebble hit my Scion Xb windshield and caused a small crack. About a week later the windshield cracked in different places and I had to get it replaced. Recently, on August 4th, 2008, another pebble hit my windshield and another crack. And today August 27th, 2008, my friend who has an Xb also got a crack on her windshield from a small pebble. I looked online for some sort of explanation and it seems that tons of Scion Xb owners are complaining of such a defect on their windshields. So I am also here to complain about this problem since im going through my 2nd windshield.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #76

Jul 092008


  • miles
I purchased my Scion Xb 2006 in August of 2006. Last week, wed. July 9, 2008, an L shaped crack appeared on my front windshield. It appeared overnight out of nowhere. I discovered it in the morning. There are no signs of trauma to the windshield. The crack starts at the very top edge of the windshield and goes in an L shape. The next morning (thur, July 10) a second L-shaped crack appeared in my windshield in the same fashion. This one is on the lower left side and also starts at the very edge of the windshield. Again, there was no trauma to the windshield and the crack appeared out of nowhere. The two cracks are now heading toward each other, and I am worried this defective windshield will crack. After researching this issue online and talking to mechanics, I have found out that this is a common defect in the Scion Xb 2006 model. Many owners have reported L-shaped cracks appearing out of nowhere and filed complaints. The mechanic I spoke with said that he has replaced many cracked windshields on Scion Xb's. he attributes what he termed this design defect to the fact that the car sits so low and the steep grade of the windshield. I know you have received numerous other complaints about this problem, and I urge you to take action.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

problem #75

Jun 132008


  • 26,000 miles
Today, 6/13/08, I was washing my car....nothing unusual....after I was finished with the outside and started on the inside, I noticed a crack in the windshield....I wasn't even driving so nothing hit the windshield...after doing some research, I have discovered that this is an ongoing issue with this particular make and model....

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #74

May 162008


  • miles
2006 Scion Xb cracked windshield. It is a problem with the Scion that they corrected in their 2008 model.

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

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