Toyota Prius owners have reported 628 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).
The car kept slipping into neutral when wanting to drive. Parking button didn't work. The vehicle was parked and I was trying to drive it.
See all problems of the 2005 Toyota Prius.
Headlights short out intermittently. Both headlights have gone out, the left has gone out, the right has gone out. If I turn off the lights and flip them back on, they occassionally both come back on, or one comes back on or neither come back on. This is extremely dangerous at night. It has to be electrical. There's no way it's the bulbs, I've owned the car for a year and have blown through many bulbs already. This is getting expensive besides dangerous. This happens on bumpy roads, smooth roads, turning, going straight. I haven't found a certain thing that makes them turn off. This has been happening for a long time, but I can only choose one date below.
See all problems of the 2008 Toyota Prius.
Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the combination meter failed and the instrument panel became inoperable. The failure occurred once. The contact also stated that after several attempts the vehicle shut down. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000. Ec.
See all problems of the 2006 Toyota Prius.
The combo meter on my car went dark this morning. I called Toyota and was told that my warranty expired 2 months ago. This is not safe because there is no indication on what the vehicle is doing. Also this feature causes the car to not shut off.
I have 2008 Toyota Prius it has hid bulb assembly, both head lights are going off randomly, and it starts working again if we turn off switch & turn on again, but we dont know when it goes off, yesterday only police issue the ticket for same problem, I changed the hid bulb 4-5 times but still not found any solution,.
The front right side headlight keeps going out . Already replaced it twice and it seems this is very common with the Toyota Prius. Fuse also keeps burning. This is a very dangerous situation at night . Driving with one head light is becoming to common for this type of vehicle .
See all problems of the 2004 Toyota Prius.
Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that when the ignition was turned to the on position, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic power steering ecu failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 108,331. Sg.
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Steering in my 2009 Prius completed failed and locked up. I literally was unable to steer my car. Luckily, I was on a neighborhoor street about to turn into my driveway and was not driving at high speeds or in a turn lane. I cannot believe that an electronic steering component like this can faili? how is this possible? I want to ensure that this doesn't happen to other Prius drivers and ensure that this isn't a faulty part issue. It is a public safetly issue and that there needs to be some sort of back up steering mechisim to prevent this from happening in the event that there is a "short inside the power steering electronic control unit. I shutter to think what could of happened.
Our daughter drove the vehicle to school. She parked the vehicle and found that the vehicle would not turn off. We took the vehicle to the dealership and was told by the service advisor that the cause of this problem was a part called the combination meter. He advised that the part was recalled and we should have been contacted by Toyota. He provided me with a phone number for the Toyota corporations recall department. I telephoned Toyota and they advised me that I was misinformed by the service advisor and that the part was not recalled, but there was an extended warranty issued on the part in 2012. I asked why the vehicle was not recalled and was told because it wasn't a safet my concern is that this vehicle is unsafe if this part fails. By surfing the internet, I found that there have been many complaints by others regarding the same problem. If my daughter would have driven this vehicle home, parked the vehicle in the garage as she usually does. The vehicle would not have turned off. The vehicle is a hybrid and when the battery power was depleted, the gasoline engine would have kicked on. This could have caused a danger, due to carbon monoxide poisoning to any occupants within the house. Additionally, if the anti lock braking system no longer works when this part fails, the braking distance increases in an emergency braking situation. When this part fails the dash goes completely black, the driver is unaware that the abs braking system is no longer working. The driver is also unable to see the speedometer or any other gauges in the dash. Due to recent deaths, due to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by vehicles not turning off. I feel that Toyota is negligent for not taking my concerns more seriously. Toyota is aware that there is a problem with this part, they issued an extended warranty in 2012.
Headlamps go out suddenly and back on if switched turned off then on. Bulbs werereplaced as part of recall and it continues to happen. Over $500 quote to replace bulbs but no guarantee it doesn't continue to happen.
See all problems of the 2007 Toyota Prius.
Touch screen did not response when touch.
The navigation and audio screens are mostly unreadable in bright sunlight. In order to attempt to see the screens in these conditions some operators may be distracted from the roadway in order to read the screen information. These distractions may include moving heads away from the wheel area in order to get a better view of the screen or attempting to hold objects above the screen in order to minimize the glare from the sunlight. Complainant has owned previous models of Toyota Prius which did not have this problem.
The rear hatch release on my 2007 Toyota Prius has begun to deteriorate and turn into a rubbery and sticky black mess. This issue interferes with the use of the hatch as the rubber not only gets on your fingers but appears to be blocking the release mechanism. The deterioration started during the summer. . The issue has worsened and today I was unable to open the rear hatch whatsoever.
The ballasts for the hid lights in the 2009 Prius are famously unreliable. Mine demonstrated this last evening in a very unnerving way. The headlamps would simply turn off without warning, sometimes one, and many times, both, leaving me to the mercy of street lights! this is incredibly dangerous. I checked on it and found that this happens to hundreds of Prius drivers. Isn't Toyota concerned that its $1,200 charge for fixing its own defective equipment (for the ballasts are known for this) will lead to death of poor persons who cannot afford the fix? shouldn't there be a general recall for such a consumer-safety issue? (sure, cycling the lights turns them back on, but when you are driving in the dark, it isn't easy to think well. ).
One of the headlights worked sporadically. It happened the same day I purchased the car used from a Toyota dealership, but I didn't notice it right away because it was daytime. The next day I went to the service department and they said I needed to replace the hid bulb which costs $300!!!!! after complaining to the dealership they replaced it at no charge, but I am concerned that this might be a recurring problem. I don't know if they replaced any associated parts or not, since the invoice they gave me just listed "engine elecrical concern" without an itemized list.
The back latch of my 2007 Toyota Prius has degraded ("melted" almost). It no longer functions properly, and I am unable to open the back hatch door easily. Sometimes it requires considerable effort and perseverance to get it open. I am concerned that in the case of an emergency, I will not be able to get the door open. This is a major cause for concern and it is a serious safety hazard.
Tl- the contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that driving the vehicle into their garage the vehicle experienced a brief period of unintended acceleration which resulted in a crash in the garage. There were no warning indicators illuminated. Prior to this failure the vehicle experiened a simular failure in 2012. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it could not be diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 79626. Kh.
Tl-the contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while driving at night approximately 55 mph the visibility started to deem, when the contact got home noticed that the passenger side low beam headlight was out, two days after the driver side low beam went out also. The vehicle light bulbs were replaced by the owner. The contact also stated having to change the low beam headlight bulbs four times. The vehicle was never taken to the dealer or an independent mechanic to get a diagnosis. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 99,000. Bp.
See all problems of the 2010 Toyota Prius.
The latch handle on the hatchback has disintegrated. The handle has become gooey and leaves a black residue on my fingers every time I open the hatchback. Because of this problem, the handle is harder to use, making it difficult to open the trunk. Replacement part number is 84905-47010.
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius. While driving approximately 55 mph, the instrument panel seized without warning. The vehicle resumed normal operation the next morning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 147,000.
Vehicle was off and in park. Vehicle was started and shifted into drive. In less then 1 second, vehicle slipped out of drive and into neutral as described in the technical service bulletin issued by Toyota (t-sb-0142-11). Problem as reoccurred multiple times since, including while driving at speeds above 45 mph.
I was driving my husband to work when I noticed the instrument panel was completely dark. Tried turning the car off and then on again with no effect -- panel was still dark. It's particularly worrisome that I had no speedometer to tell how fast I was going, nor would any of the other indicator lights come on. When I tried to turn the car off a second time, it wouldn't power down, and I couldn't extract the key. I couldn't even lock the car so I could leave it there to seek aid. In doing research, I found that this is a known fault with the combination meter and Toyota knows this is a problem and issued a warranty extension. However, their warranty only covered cars currently experiencing the problem when the letter went out and during a specified date range, irregardless of mileage. They would not have replaced the part during the warranty extension because I had not yet experienced the problem, and now they refuse to replace the defective part because my experience happened 4 months after their arbitrary cut-off date. A faulty part is a faulty part and should be replaced when they know it's a problem. This is a serious safety issue that should not have a time limit. The car is not safe to drive if you don't know how fast you are driving, how much gas you have, etc. And you can't shut it down or lock it either.
I was driving home from havenlock, nc on us 70, us 258, us 58 and us 264. I noticed that my low beam headlights were very dim making it very hard to see road marking or signs. There is a stretch of us 58 where they are repaving and they are no road marking at all and I could not see where my lane (2 way traffic). I considered this a very serious problem that the headlight are dim and could have led to a very serious accident. I have noticed that others have complained about the same problem with the Prius 2010. Not able to see more than 30 feet ahead on a very dark night is very scary and had me shaking.
My headlights keep going off while driving. I have to turn them off then on again to get them to work. Sometimes one, sometimes both, not always at the same moment. You know about this! NHTSA: I am going to hold you responsible if I am injured!! issue a recall now!! NHTSA action number : pe09019.
Driver side headlight turns off. If I turn lights off, then on again, the headlight will turn on.
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|Electrical System problems||
|Headlights Turn Off While Driving problems||
|Instrument Panel problems||
|Car Will Not Start problems||
|Battery Dead problems||
|Battery Propulsion System problems||