2009 Scion xB seat belts / air bags NHTSA complaints: Seat Belts

NHTSA — Seat Belts Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,267 miles

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2009 Scion xB seat belts / air bags problems

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2009 Scion xB Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 202015

xB 4-cyl

  • 126,000 miles


Traveling North on I-75 in independence twp, mi South of ortonville rd at 10:55am in a snow storm, driver used the passing lane to overtake a slow moving vehicle in the center lane. Accelerating to 70mph, driver began to merge back into center lane but encountered a heavy buildup of slush between lanes and began to loose traction. Vehicle started to veer to the right. Driver removed foot from the accelerator and turned wheel slightly to the left to correct the skid but the electronic stability control engaged and the vehicle immediately entered into a rapid 360 degree spin to the right. No other vehicle was struck. Driver recovered from the spin momentarily and car was facing northbound between the center and right lanes but still veering to the right. The front wheels contacted dry pavement while the rear wheels were on wet pavement causing the vehicle to make a sharp right turn head on into the guard rail at 60 mph. The guard rail gave way and the front end of the vehicle sustained heavy damage. However the vehicle rebounded and remained in the road way, sliding sideways and eventually spinning another 270 degrees after again striking the guard rail. The initial high speed impact with guard rail appears to have ignited the sodium azide as evidenced by a gunpowder like odor in the vehicle however no airbags deployed. Additionally, the seatbelt while properly fastened did not retract and restrain the driver. The seatbelt extended all the way out and remained in this position. This made it difficult to control the vehicle and caused the driver to impact the steering wheel when the guardrail was struck. This resulted in injury to the right side of the rib cage, with possible hairline fractures to the ribs, torn muscles, and bruising of the liver. Driver's head also impacted the ceiling. Upon second guardrail impact, driver's left arm impacted the steering wheel.

- Auburn Hills, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 112012

xB 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Vehicle driven by daughter. 45 mph road. Two (2) vehicles in front of her. 1st vehicle made an abrupt right turn, causing vehicle #2 to abruptly decrease (braking) speed, which cause vehicle #3 (Scion) driver to react quickly and brake. During braking, all four (4) wheels locked and vehicle skidded straight forward. Angle of skid shows both wheels sides were straight with an approximate two (2) to three (3) degree angle offset to the right; may be due from curvature of the road. Both skid marks were completely solid and both tracks were in a straight line. Upon front end impact with vehicle #2 in front of the Scion, the following issues are of concern: 1. front driver and front passenger airbags did not deploy. Not know if impact (deceleration) was high enough to activate. However, visual inspection of vertical sensor support beams (both left and right) are significantly displaced and bent. 2. seat belt restraint system (front - driver and passenger): The seat belt restraint system appeared not to function as designed. According to the driver and passenger, both were wearing their seat belts. Upon impact, the driver's lower body propelled forward and her knees impacted the lower dash assembly. Additionally, her upper body was propelled forward, the seat belt did not lock, and then braced herself with hands and arms to prevent her head from striking the steering wheel. Additionally, the right front passenger experience the same propelling of lower and upper body with out the seat belt locking. He also had to brace himself from striking the dash. Called Scion corporation headquarters on 14 September and opened a new case; stating exactly was stated above. Thank you for what your Agency does and any assistance you can provide. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6.

- Enterprise, AL, USA

problem #1

Jul 062010

xB 4-cyl

  • 7,800 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Scion Xb. While the contact was driving approximately 40 to 45 mph, the opposing vehicle drove through a traffic light which caused a crash to occur. The contact sustained injury to the chest area and neck. A police report was filed. The air bags failed to deploy with the level of impact involved. The front driver side seat belt did not secure the driver during the crash. The vehicle was towed to a collision center to be repaired. An authorized dealer was notified of the failure and the technician stated that the air bags and seat belt functioned properly. The failure mileage was approximately 7,800. Updated 10/20/10 updated 10/21/10

- Redford, MI, USA

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