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Electrical System Problems of Toyota Prius - part 1

Toyota Prius owners have reported 569 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Toyota Prius 1
Failure Date: 07/24/2015

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.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Toyota Prius 2
Failure Date: 07/14/2015

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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 3
Failure Date: 07/14/2015

Driver side headlight turns off. If I turn lights off, then on again, the headlight will turn on.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius 4
Failure Date: 07/09/2015

Speedometer & other control information display went blank. Pulled over to side of road but unable to turn off engine. Contacted Toyota & was told problem is known & warranty extend to 9 years & unlimited miles. However, my vehicle is older than nine years, so I must pay estimate $1400 to fix & car will be unavailable for estimate 2 weeks. The vehicle is unsafe to drive, prior to this known problem occurring car was operating perfectly ( averaging 50 mpg per tank of gas, documented). This appears to be a safety problem that was known by the manufacturer, however they seems to be trying to hide this by making the statistical estimate that by extending the warranty the majority of these cars would be off the road and their lawyers & legal insurance would cost less than the few humans kills after this arbitrary 9 year risk period. I could have been killed as a result of this failure! fortunately I was not, however I am left with a vehicle that is undriveable (with no warning!) and can only be repaired by Toyota at a cost I am not able to afford!.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 5
Failure Date: 07/08/2015

External rubber seal on rear hatch latch/switch is deteriorating/melting/sticky. Safety issue due to loss of ability to open or access rear compartment when rubber disintegrates. Exposes electrical components.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Toyota Prius 6
Failure Date: 06/28/2015

My wife was driving our 2011 Prius during stop and go traffic. She said the car just took off on her on it's own she tried to brake but it wouldn't stop. It crashed into the motorhome that I was driving. The air bags never deployed. The car was totaled due to the extensive damage.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2004 Toyota Prius 7
Failure Date: 05/09/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Toyota a Prius. The contact stated that the when the vehicle was started, the dash panel would not illuminate and failed to display the mileage, speed, fuel level, etc. The failure recurred on several occasions. The contact also stated that the on several occasions the vehicle would not power off after the on off switch was depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was diagnosed that the multi functional display multi-meter and the power switch where faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the extended warranty no longer applied to the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000. Sw.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius 8
Failure Date: 04/28/2015

I am currently experiencing troubles with my front passenger headlight. The problem first occurred about a year ago (Jan. 2014) when I purchased the car used from a car dealer in tysons corner va. I took the car back within days of noticing the light kept going out and asked them to repair the issue since I had just purchased the car. They did so and said that it was most likely a faulty light and replaced it. It is a little over a year now and the same light is going out again. What is happening is that when I turn the car on and turn on all of the car lights to drive it at night, they turn on, but about 15-20 minutes down the road and unbeknownst to me, the right passenger light goes out. Because of the shape of the car, you cannot tell that it is out. The only reason I knew it was out again was because I got pulled over and given a ticket. This is extremely unsafe and I have read a number of similar occurrences online. I took the car to the repair shop and they have said (after looking online) that the issue is the "headlight light control ecu sub-assembly". Because of the safety risk this posses to the driver and others on the road, not to mention the cost of the single item to repair it, Toyota should make appropriate financial accommodations to those having this trouble. Normal ware and tare on the vehicle is reasonable, such as burt out lightbulbs but systems like this that work for a couple days and then suddenly do not is not safe.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius 9
Failure Date: 04/19/2015

Bought one-owner 2005 Prius 11-26-2014 after paying for a pre-purchase inspection at a Toyota dealer showing complete service record including all recall campaigns. 4-19-2015 without warning on the expressway, the entire 'combination meter display' simply turned off, leaving the car running in the blind, no gauges/meters/guidance of any kind. The car continued to operate and I drove directly home and parked it. Internet search revealed that this as a known safety issue by Toyota affecting 2004-2009 Prius models. Toyota issued a 'warranty enhancement-ztv' and warranty policy bulletin (bulletin no. Pol12-05) to effect the necessary safety repairs, but only applies if one discovers (meaning suffer the panic of having the entire panel go blank) the issue before either '9 years with no mileage limitation or before September 30, 2013', whichever is longer. In our case, it expired just before our pre-purchase inspection/purchase of the Prius and the dealer indicated/Toyota confirmed that this is not something that a Toyota dealer service department could have discovered through Toyota records. Instead, the owner has to wait for the failure to occur. In our case, Toyota corporate, with full knowledge of this safety defect, said our joint 'plan of action' was (a) if the display does not illuminate, under no circumstances drive the car, and have it towed to the Toyota dealership for necessary repairs, or (b) if the display illuminates, immediately drive it to the Toyota dealership for necessary repairs, but that (c) Toyota would 'decline to further participate or contribute' to the repair. This should be a mandated, required safety recall; by its own measure, up to 669,000 Prius models may be at risk to this known defect, yet Toyota refuses both the recall and the repair. How many out there are ticking time bombs?.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 10
Failure Date: 03/21/2015

The left headlight keeps turning itself off when driving or not. When bumped next to the headlight cover it comes back on. The bulb and connector are fine. This is a safety hazard, that if the right one starts doing the same thin at night, it would put me into a dangerous and life threatening situation. I think Toyota should have a recall on this problem.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Toyota Prius 11
Failure Date: 03/16/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2013 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileages was 21,934. Djr.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius 12
Failure Date: 03/01/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the lighting on the instrument panel became deem without warning. The contact pulled over and powered the vehicle off and back on and the lighting was normal. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 93,000. Pam.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius 13
Failure Date: 02/24/2015

I started my car and as I was driving noticed no instrument lights on dash. I tried turning engine off (2 step procedure) and was unable to stop engine, unable to remove keys. I was stuck with a car that was running, an inability to lock the car because it did not recognize the commands. I tried calling the closest dealership and was passed from one person to another without answers as to what to do. I then called the dealership where I had purchased the car and they were able to tell me how to get the engine off - and they said there had been a recall on the instrument cluster. I had not been notified. I regularly have my car serviced at the dealership - as recently as 3 weeks ago.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Toyota Prius 14
Failure Date: 02/16/2015

Combination meter failed leaving the vehicle without instrument cluster information. There is a manufacturer warranty extension which does not cover vehicles on the road over 9 years. This represents a hazard to the public which has a documented solution and replacement components.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius 15
Failure Date: 02/06/2015

Left headlight will intermittently go off. There have been a couple of instances where both lights have gone off on the highway at night.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Toyota Prius 16
Failure Date: 01/11/2015

The dash display mph and mileage totally went black. Looked it up on the internet and seems like it is a common problem for the 2010 Toyota Prius. Sounds like Toyota use to cover this before this year model, but not now, even though it is still happening. They may have done their dash alittle different, but it is still having the same problem.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius 17
Failure Date: 01/08/2015

Driving after dark, temp 12 f, dashboard light went black on area behind steering wheel. Upon arriving at destination, vehicle took several attempts before it turned off. Car was taken to Toyota dealer. I suggested this problem may be on a recall for the multi system light in the dash. After 2 hours Toyota did not address the "recall" issue and diagnosed loose batter cable. Car performed normally. Next morning the car started and dashboard lighting came on as per usual. End of day when temp dropped dashboard went black again and the car was difficult to turn off at end destination. Toyota dealer was called immediately (Sunday) left message. Called again next morning after 10am no call received from dealership.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Toyota Prius 18
Failure Date: 01/05/2015

When my 2009 Toyota Prius goes over 65 mph the problem light flashes on the display and the the engine oil light illuminates as well.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 19
Failure Date: 12/26/2014

Our car was exhibiting a serious defect that Toyota has already found and documented on their site, saying that they are doing an extended warranty to correct the problem. However, they have grossly mismanaged this extended warranty by not providing the part at all or perhaps at some far future time (we still don't know when we will get our car back, perhaps months or never). When word gets out that customers who bring their car in to get fixed have no idea when they get their car back, they will instead keep driving the car with the highly dangerous defect. The defect is the combination meter, which controls the dashboard indicators. When it goes down, none of the dashboard indicators work and the driver does not know what gear he or she is in, how much gasoline is in the tank, what speed the car is going, etc. These are the cars that Toyota is leaving on the road because they are yet again incompetently managing a safety defect. This could lead to serious injuries and deaths. I spoke to lisa at Toyota today (January 5, 2015), and, based on the conversation, Toyota could care less whether this is handled right or not. She did not seem the least bit alarmed, and indicated that their course of action was to do nothing. The dealer ordered the part last Monday, but, according to the dealer, Toyota's tracking of this part is completely disorganized. Toyota has no idea when it went out and is ignoring the tracking information provided by the shipper (apparently ups) so the customers have no idea when they get their cars back. Customers are not given loaner cars. If they turn their cars in to be fixed, they cannot go to work. Therefore, they will drive with the dangerous defect. Also, car owners are not being notified of the defect. They only find out the hard way, perhaps right before an accident.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2007 Toyota Prius 20
Failure Date: 12/08/2014

Vehicle does not properly start-up and ends up in a state where it cannot be turned off. I pushed the ignition button, which normally quickly turns green and normally the car would start. Instead, the car goes into a state where the dashboard illuminates, an error icon is displayed, and the power cannot be turned off. I hold down the power button for over 5 minutes before the car finally turns off. During this time, the power button is amber, the dashboard does not show the car is in any gear, and the green light on the park button is on. The power button absolutely does not function, nor does the gear selector. My understanding is that holding down the power button for 5 seconds should absolutely turn it off, this is not the case. This has happened on three occasions in the past week.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 21
Failure Date: 12/08/2014

The hatchback lift has deteriorated and no longer works. The Toyota service representative quoted me $570 to replace it, stating it could pose an electrical system safety issue. No damage has occurred and since it is keyless . . . How does this happen? the clear coat has degraded only on the piece of metal that encloses the hatchback's lift mechanism and started flaking about the same time that I noticed it was getting harder and harder to lift the hatchback. Could these two failures be related? when these problems started several months ago it didn't occur to me that there might be a connection. The service rep ignored my question about a possible relationship.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2015 Toyota Prius 22
Failure Date: 11/28/2014

A brand new:2015 only driven for two days, went out of control after completing right turn. Driver stopped at red light. Turned right while accelerating with full control of vehicle. Completed right turn while accelerating to attain highway speed in 45 mph zone. Upon completion of turn driver turned steering wheel less than 2 inches to drivers right to continue bearing on strait course down highway. Immediately thereafter steering wheel shuddered, and steering wheel rotated hard to the right for what seemed like a 110 plus degree rotation. The Prius out of control veered sharply to the right and smashed into curb. Driver injured back back, hand, and foot.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Toyota Prius 23
Failure Date: 11/24/2014

Car when in park or stopped (at a stop sign or light) will automatically shift into neutral about a second after I try to put it in reverse or drive. It began happening about a month ago and now happens every time I start the car. It also began happening at stoplights and almost caused an accident when I was trying to accelerate onto a fast highway from a stoplight last week. It takes up to 10 attempts to keep it in drive or reverse now from a stopped position, and I never know when or for how long it will happen. Other than this, my car is in good condition and has not had any problems. I looked up the issue online, and from what a lot of other Prius drivers say, it sounds like a major issue with the shift lever assembly (see below for links to forums where many others have the same issue). This fix costs a few hundred dollars, and it seems common in the 2004-2009 Prius. . Read more...

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Toyota Prius 24
Failure Date: 11/19/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the display screen shorted intermittently and then failed to work without warning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who inspected the fuses and cleaned the screen. The technician replaced the multi display unit. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Toyota Prius 25
Failure Date: 11/18/2014

Vehicle was being driven when a smell of smoke was detected. Upon stopping, smoke came from the engine compartment. Within 3 minutes the vehicle started on fire, extending to the roll up garage door. The fire burned the engine compartment, passenger area, garage door and siding before the fire department extinguished.

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