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Unknown Or Other Problems of Toyota Prius



Toyota Prius owners have reported 143 unknown or other related problems since 1996. Table 1 shows the 1 most common unknown or other problems. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's unknown or other (143 problems). For details of each of the problem category, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Unknown Or Other related problems of Toyota Prius

Problem Category Number of Problems
Unknown Or Other problems
143
Unknown Or Other problem #1

While parked at the local post office the vehicle suddenly started to roll back. It rolled approximately 4-5 CA lengths. The vehicle drug me but came to a stop. The vehicle had to be "engaged" into drive in order to move the car. Not sure if this is an electrical problem or not but obviously the parking did not stay engaged.

Unknown Or Other problem #2

I had been driving the car for less than 10 minutes when the "red triangle" red problem light came on the screen. I immediately looked for a safe place to pull over when the car made a series of short dinging sounds and the car was automatically put in neutral and the brake engaged--in the middle of a busy intersection! I was forced to flee the vehicle as there were oncoming cars that didn't look like they were going to stop. When the signal changed, I went back to the car and put on the emergency flashers. Then I tried to put the car back in drive and it would not budge from neutral. I then switched the car off and back on and was able to drive it out of the intersection safely. If this had occurred even 5 minutes later, my 9-year-old daughter would have been in the vehicle with me and we would not have been able to react as quickly as I did. The car has been towed to my personal mechanic by aaa for diagnosis, but at this time it does not appear that this was an error, but a design flaw that put my safety in critical danger.

Unknown Or Other problem #3

Rear hatch lock has soft plastic cover which melted in my hand when trying to open car. Plastic cover turned black and soft and sticks to skin when you touch to open the car. Lock also now does not open properly now due to electrical problem in the part. Should be recalled.

Unknown Or Other problem #4

Repeating several-second groaning or grinding noise heard from rear wheel area upon startup motion. The noise is severe and sounds like low-pitch metal grinding. It's potentially brake related but could be suspension bushings or other components rubbing against one another. It does not sound like typical brake glazing. The noise occurs in all weather conditions and typically after vehicle has been sitting for several hours or overnight. Noise continues for several minutes at stop and start. Noise is loud enough to startle an experienced driver. The absolute severity and indication of the sound is enough to question safe ongoing functionality of braking and/or suspension systems. Multiple reports are documented online at Priuschat. Com. Toyota does not appear to have a fix or resolution at time of writing, 10/2012. This is for 2012 Prius v model five.

Unknown Or Other problem #5

On the trunk is a door latch with a plastic cover. The plastic cover has melted or is disintegrating. There are many posts on google if you search for the terms "prius trunk latch melt". Considering I don't drive very often my car is almost always covered in the garage. Plus I live in hawaii so heat shouldn't be too much of an issue like other states. This isn't my picture but it shows what mines looks like. . Read more...

Unknown Or Other problem #6

Tl- the contact owns a 2012 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that whenever an individual with a pacemaker occupied the vehicle, the gauges would move independently and the vehicle would not respond. The vehicle would return to normal function whenever the occupant with the pacemaker would exit the vehicle. The contact checked the owner's manual and noticed that there was a section that indicated that persons with a pacemaker should not operate the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified but stated that they were unaware of any issue regarding the vehicle and pacemakers, and offered no further assistance. The failure and current mileages were 2,000. The VIN was unavailable. Kmj.

Unknown Or Other problem #7

Notified by dealer that both cv joints on front axles are severely worn and in danger of failure. The car has 56,488 miles on it. It has been well maintained, and most mileage was commuting at speeds under 45 miles/hour. This would seem to be a significant safety concern that should not occur at this mileage.

Unknown Or Other problem #8

Passenger headlight suddenly went out. Will come back on momentarily if you turn lights off and back on.

Unknown Or Other problem #9

Vehicle insturment cluster failure. Vehicle will not power down.

Unknown Or Other problem #10

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 of 2011. The issue has worsened and yesterday I was unable to open the rear hatch whatsoever.

Unknown Or Other problem #11

I normally get about 450 miles out of one 11. 9 gallon tank. Recently, I discovered my fuel gage light going off at 300 miles. When I filled up my tank it only took 7 gallons, leaving 5 gallons that should have been in the tank. After filling it up, fuel gage light went off just below 300 miles. When I took my vehicle in for an oil change I asked about it thinking there was something wrong with my fuel sensor. I was advised by the clerk that it was the bladder, and to just keep it full-that¿s all. He gave other advise like make sure the tire pressure on my tires were good (they were rotated and checked a week prior to this), and to check my air filter. Now I am confused, and do not know how much fuel is actually in my tank. I have had my vehicle for 3 1/2 years and never had a problem till now.

Unknown Or Other problem #12

Rear hatchback locking/unlocking button gummy and inability to unlock truck manually and electrically. Unable to access trunk where emergency/safety equipment located.

Unknown Or Other problem #13

The multi function display registered the error code: check connection of air conditioner. A diagnostic test at pappas Toyota on 12/2/11 showed a defective mfd. A new replacement would cost $4300. A refurbished one was to be located but a call was not received as to this having happened. Toyota was aware of this possibility at least by 1/10/2005 when a service bulletin was issued. Since the defect in the part was known to Toyota and involves a safety issue a request for warranty replacement was made. This request was denied. On 12/23/11, after having been told a week would be needed to find the part, I e-mailed pappas and asked that one be located. I made an appt. At that time to have it installed on 1/3/12. I had not received any information by 1/2/12 so I called again and learned the part was to be ordered on 1/2/12 as Toyota was closed for the holiday period. The mfd activates the front and rear defrosters. This is critical as the inability to do so is a safety issue in missouri with snow and ice being a possibility. On 1/4/12 a message was received from the dealership, the essence of which was: those displays are on back order status at this time; the mfd holds the memory for the mileage odometer so when it is ordered the vehicle can not be driven so that the actual odometer mileage remains the same; and until I hear from you I have placed your order on hold; there are currently two orders ahead of yours and they will be filled first; they are not able to give us a timetable when they will be released; and once they are available it will take approximately 7-10 business days to receive. Toyota is not making the necessary part available; expecting the consumer to be deprived of use of the Prius for an undetermined period of time; and of bearing the cost of the defective part.

Unknown Or Other problem #14

I was a front passenger in a 2011 Toyota Prius. We just got in the car. My friend turned it on. I lowered my window and placed my arm in an upright position just over the windows lower molding. My friend went to raise my window because he wanted the a/c on. He used his auto up feature from the drivers side. Before I could remove my arm, the window was already moving up. It started to squeeze my arm in the vertical position. I had my thumb inside the vehicle and my four fingers out side the window from the top. I could not release my hand from either direction. Meanwhile there was a tremendous amount of pressure from the bottom. So bad, I started to yell at my friend to lower the window. He said it wouldn't go down. I started to panic because the pain was very bad. I was about to punch the window but quickly reached across my body using my left hand. I used my passenger side window control and was able to lower the window. This so-called auto-down pinch protection does not activate right away. I firmly believe it activates only past a certain point. According to Toyota's website, this feature should apply to all positions but in fact does not. The back of my arm was sore for days and did bruise. We tested my friends car again another day and discovered the exact same thing had happened again. This time we only used our hands to apply pressure at the very bottom instead of only at the top or in the middle. This is a huge concern. Toyota was emailed but I haven't heard back from a representative. In my opinion, I should have received an email back or a phone call at the least. It saddens me because I too am the owner of two Toyotas. Where is the priority now?.

Unknown Or Other problem #15

The dashboard computer in my 2004 Prius malfunctions. The energy monitor does not show any of the arrows or current gas mileage. I can't access any of the menus: climate, audio, etc. This means that I can not turn on the defrost heat in the morning when the windshield is frozen. Sometimes the telepohone menu is inaccessible. The stereo skips and turns itself off. Within a few mintues of turning on the car, the computer will right itself and start working. But sometimes the computer will spontaneously malfunction in the middle of driving the car. There is no way to tell what causes the malfunctions and there's no way to know when it will happen.

Unknown Or Other problem #16

The rear door latch rubber cover has turned to a goo, and make it difficult to open the rear hatch door.

Unknown Or Other problem #17

While driving the vehicle, the sun visor on the drivers side flips down, blocking the drivers view. The visor can be returned to the up (out of the way) position. However it repeatedly and spontaneously slips down, both blocking the drivers view and creating a constant distraction for the driver. This is dangerous and a severe driving hazard.

Unknown Or Other problem #18

While driving slowly in traffic, after a particularly rough transmission shift, the large red exclamation mark warning inside a triangle lit up on the dashboard, along with the yellow "check engine" and "vsc" (vehicle stability control) warnings. The car was pulled over to a safe location and stopped. The engine was turned off and on a few times and the warnings continued. On the fourth or fifth turn-on, the problem cleared itself and has not recurred. This is the second electronic glitch that has occurred on this vehicle while driving. The first was reported as odi id number 10407518. Both times, the problems, which had different symptoms, corrected themselves after turning the engine off and on a few times. Since the dealer was unable to duplicate the problem in the first case, the dealer has not yet been informed in this case. It has been exceedingly fortunate that both of these electronic glitches, neither of which were related to floormats by the way, were not of the sudden-unwanted-acceleration variety. The randomness of both the timing and the symptoms of these electronic glitches suggest that sudden unwanted acceleration could easily have been the result.

Unknown Or Other problem #19

When starting the vehicle up, no speedohmeter display is illuminated. The display for the vehicle enviromental controls (miles per gallon/energy use) still works. Along with the speedohmeter display, the rear hatchback door does not work. I tried to adjust the inside light display to see if the light level was turned off. This was not problem. I turned the light adjustment knob in both directions, and still no speedohmeter display. Upon trying to turn off the engine, it will not turn off. I was able to shut the vehicle off by disconnecting the car battery in the passenger side rear hatch back area. Note that because the rear hatch back door does not work, all the vehicle parts which leads to the rear battery has to be taken out from the rear seat of the vehicle. One particular time I disconnected the car battery on the black portion of the battery,and the vehicle did not shut off. I brought the vehicle to the Toyota dealership several times, and because this problem happens intermittently. Toyota was unable to duplicate it. However, one day when it was not working, I brought it in to them. They later claimed that it was a "cold start" problem to the computer that is responsible for the speedohmeter display (besides other things, rear hatch back door, cruise control, etc. ). Toyota claimed they found the problem on the internet, and it was not a recalled part. This particular part (computer) normally happens only in the states that are very cold.

Unknown Or Other problem #20

Toyota Prius 2004 generation 2, speedometer intermittent display problems. The dashboard lights go off and on very frequently for no reason. No display of speed and fuel gauge and also the odometer.

Unknown Or Other problem #21

209 Toyota Prius. Approx. 23k miles. On Sunday, August 14, 2011 we were driving at about 40 mph when without warning, the car completely shut down - all systems and all information displays. In spite of compromised steering and braking we were able to stop car. Car was completely unresponsive other than being able to turn on hazard signal. Vehicle was towed to a Toyota dealer. Dealer just informed us that the cause was a water pump failure which caused the car to go into a "safe" mode shutting down the car without any warning or time for the driver to find a safe response. Upon questioning, the dealer also said this would alsohappen at higher speeds which in our opinion, could pose a life threatening situation not only for the operator but for those vehicles around him. Further when asked, the dealer said it did not know if the failure of any other components would cause a similar shut-down. Obviously, Toyota's definition of "safe" mode is 180 degrees off and this is a system design flaw that needs to be addressed before it results in a tragedy (if it hasn't already done so).

Unknown Or Other problem #22

On 7/31/11 I noticed my cruise control would not set. The light came on indicating the cruise was on, but I could not get the speed to hold. The next day, the cruise control worked. Midday on 8/1/11 while parked, I shifted to the d position, but the light indicated I was in n. I shifted back and forth between r and d several times, but the light indicated n. I took my foot off the brake and the car moved backward. The light indicated n and the knob was in the d position. It did this several times. I turned the car off and back on and everything worked like it is supposed to. On 8/1/11 at approximately 10:30 p. M. I was driving home on a narrow, two-lane rural highway. On a blind curve, both of my headlights went out. I could not see anything. I tried cycling my headlights off and on and nothing happened. I applied my brakes and stopped. I opened my door to see where I was in the roadway and determined I was on the fog line on the opposite side of the road and there was a hillside less than 5' from me. I was able to drive to the shoulder on the right side of the road by using the light from my door. I was extremely lucky no cars passed by while my lights were out. I could have been killed or caused a catastrophe. I turned the car off and back on and both headlights came back on. A motorist stopped to assist. I was able to follow him to a store where a friend met me and I followed him home. During the drive home one of my headlights kept turning off. Both did not go off together again. I took the car to the dealer on 8/3/11 and was told I need a new auxiliary battery and two new headlights. Cost is going to be around $700. I read about a class action suit regarding 2006-2009 Prius' headlights and that Toyota knows there is a problem with them. I believe there should be a recall because of my harrowing experience and those of many others.

Unknown Or Other problem #23

Having a car accident on highway. This accident raises the concern about safety issue of Toyota Prius. One part of main battery cable underneath the car was not well protected or covered. When a solid objective right hitting the cable with blast sound , the cable was broken apart. , we lost all the power, the car totally was dead on the highway. We have 3 people in the car,my 85yr old mother,my wife and me. It is horrible.

Unknown Or Other problem #24

My 2008 Toyota Prius will not stay in d when shifting or r it pops back into n it does it on hot days. Need to replace the gear shift lever assembly. When its hot outside it binds up and goes back into n while shifting or driving. Has happened 2 so far in the last week. In order to drive the vehicle you have to hold the lever in r or d to go anywheres.

Unknown Or Other problem #25

The exterior handle of the rear hatch on our 2006 Toyota Prius, melted into a sticky tarry, rubbery, gooey substance. It's like a viscous black glob like roofing tar. When opening the hatch, it is soft and gets under my fingernails. I believe this melting process started a couple years ago, but it's been worse this year with the triple-digit temps. My dealer, lou fusz Toyota (in missouri) said they have not heard of this happening before, but when I research it on-line, I found that this has happened to several car owners. Toyota knows about this, and is selling the entire wiring harness for $250 plus repair costs, and has done nothing about recalling this. From a safety perspective, this means you can experience difficulty opening the rear hatch (a life safety access point), and will get sticky black tar on you from the melted down rubber cover of the exterior hatch release handle. To me, this is both a life safety issue and a quality defect that Toyota is opting to ignore, and only fixing on vehicles with extended warranties, since the failure appears to occur at around the 4 year mark. I am aware of the outstanding work done by NHTSA on other safety issues, including the problem with rusty frames on 02 isuzu axioms, and I find this problem to be similar in nature, so I am asking for your agency to take a look at these instances and also to inquire from Toyota why they are not recalling these handles that are melting in the sun. I think a door handle or hatch handle should be made to last more than 4 years!.

Unknown Or Other problem #26

Hatchdoor handle release plate melting. . . Just like the multiple reports of this same problem already reported at this website. Majority of my car miles were accumulated in michigan; melting occurred just recently in texas. When calling the dealership parts dept they immediately guessed the problem. . . Melting. . . Due to previous customer complaints. Estimated part ($97) and installation ($100). Guess I should be thankful my tires and other car parts aren't melting!.

Unknown Or Other problem #27

I was driving with to passengers on the new jersey turnpike at 65 mph when I heard a loud noise from under the car. The plastic front engine cover had come loose and was dragging on the pavement. A aaa mechanic removed the part and the Toyota dealer is replacing it at not charge. I think it is a safety defect.

Unknown Or Other problem #28

The rubber tailgate release handle above the license plate has started to melt and has become a sticky, gooey mess. This black goo comes off on your hands whenever you open the tailgate. I fear this substance could be hazardous to a persons health, such as causing cancer. I also fear that because of its condition the handle may become inoperable in a life-threatening situation. I believe this is a serious part defect that Toyota should be responsible for fixing regardless of whether the car is under warranty or not. Thank you.

Unknown Or Other problem #29

While drivimg under cruise control at approximately 70 mph, a continuous loud beep occurred, accompanied with the following warnings on the dashboard: red "brake" warning and yellow "((!))", "abs" (antilock brake system), and "vsc" (vehicle stability control) warnings. Attempting to pull over and stop, the brakes had no power assistance but, fortunately, could be operated under heavy foot pressure. After pulling over and stopping and restarting the engine, all the warnings and the beep were still there while the car was driven to a safer location at a gas station. Braking was still entirely under foot pressure only. As this was in canada, driver turned off the engine while trying to decide the next course of action. After a few minutes, the engine was again started in order to move the car slightly in the parking lot (to get away from a puddle) and all systems, including brake power assistance, were now operating normally with all the warnings off. The problem has not recurred. The car was taken to the dealer about two weeks later and the diagnostic report states, "could not duplicate customer's complaint". Thus, no repair was done nor further action was taken by the dealer.

Unknown Or Other problem #30

I have two Smart keys for 2006 Toyota Prius. One of them lose Smart function and remote function. When a button is pressed, red light is not on at all. I have tested fob battery and it is ok. I believe that the Smart key is defective.

Unknown Or Other problem #31

After only about 4 years use, the rubber cover on the hatch release handle (the exterior handle of the rear hatch) of our 2007 Toyota Prius, melted into a sticky tarry black rubbery gooey mess. I can best describe it as being a viscous black glob like roofing tar. To open the hatch, you have to touch this black goo each time, which makes it difficult to operate the hatch release. We believe this melting process started at about the 3 yr. Mark. We live in texas where temperatures were extremely warm last summer. Apparently Toyota knows about this, and is selling the entire wiring harness for $96 plus repair costs, and has done nothing about recalling this. From a safety perspective, this means you can experience extreme difficulty opening the rear hatch (a life safety access point), and will get sticky black tar on you from the melted down rubber cover of the exterior hatch release handle. I have had several instances where I was not able to get the hatch open on an extremely hot day. To me, this is both a serious life safety issue and a serious quality defect that Toyota is opting to ignore and only fixing on vehicles with extended warranties, since the failure appears to occur at around the 3 year mark (ie after 3 years of exposure to the bright sun in florida for example). I am aware of the outstanding work done by NHTSA on other safety issues, including the problem with rusty frames on 02 isuzu axioms, and I find this problem to be similar in nature, so I am asking for your agency to take a look at these instances and also to inquire from Toyota why they are not recalling these handles that are melting in the sun!!! it's outrageous. I think a door handle or hatch handle should be made to last more than 3 years.

Unknown Or Other problem #32

2010 Toyota Prius. Consumer writes in regards to rapid acceleration issues the consumer wants to know did the investigation into this matter examine the interrelationship between the accelerator, braking system and cruise control.

Unknown Or Other problem #33

I was driving about 60 mph on the interstate when the accelorator stopped working. The power slowly drained out of the car and I barely made it off the highway. This has never happened before. The car was towed to a mechanic's shop where after much investigation they found that a leaf had gotten past the air filtration system and was blocking the intake sensor system. When one sensor is blocked the whole car shuts down! this was scary and dangerous. I know it is unlikely to happen again.

Unknown Or Other problem #34

After approximately 4 oil changes the oil access door breaks off the vehicle. The oil has been changed 9 times in my Prius and after 4 oil changes the oil access door has now broken off twice. Each time I heard it break loose like I drove over some debris and I could see it in my rearview mirror go flying across the highway lanes. The oil access door does not have a hinge. It is all plastic and is bent/folded to gain access to the oil filter and drain plug. I changed the oil the first 4 times and the dealer complained I was doing something wrong. The dealer was reluctant to replace the entire engine undercover assembly, stating they would only do it one time. The dealer changed my oil the next 4 times and it happened again right before I scheduled my 5th oil change. After the second occurrence, I retrieved the oil access door to confirm since the vehicle is so low you cannot see it under the car unless it is raised up.

Unknown Or Other problem #35

Generally speaking, thousands of Prius owners complain about their radio reception to Toyota to no avail (I have written the ceo 2-3 times already and had phone conversations with customer service as well as an exchange of emails) only to be told to contact the dealership - which has no way of assisting with this problem). Poking around on the internet, it seems to be a "grounding" problem - which has now been fixed I understand in subsequent models. This points to the fact they knew it was a problem. I contend it is a safety issue if you are not able to hear your radio in case of emergency - especially in a rural area such as ours (olympic peninsula) where hearing emergency warnings while driving could be considered life and death in certain circumstances. . Read more...

Unknown Or Other problem #36

My 2008 Prius has been accelerating forward after I go over amy bumps in the road. It has almost caused several accidents. I asked my sealskin about it and they said my Prius was operating normally. My husband says this is incorrect and it has happened to him too. I drive in heavy traffic and I am scared this will end in am accident or someone getting hurt.

Unknown Or Other problem #37

Dear sir or madam, a few days ago I found abundant evidence of mice activity in the cabin of my 16 month old Toyota Prius. After some internet research I found out that this is unfortunately an extremely common problem with Prius model cars and other Toyota models. The presence of rodents in the engine area is of course unavodiable but this is the first time I hear about the car design allow mice to easily move into the cabin. This obviously has severe consequences: I already have to replace the air filter and the padding behind the gloves compartment and I am not sure if any other parts have been chewed away. More importantly this is certainly a health and safety concern. I have to get the car detailed and the air system flushed to avoid toxic contamination from mouse excrements, and this endangers me every time I drive: a mouse crawling in the cabin of the car while I am driving is a major safety issue! it appears that the placing of screens in as few as 4 parts of the air system would stop the mouse access to the cabin, but Toyota, both my local dealer and the national service center, claim there is nothing the can or will do, and that, despite the abundant evidence to the contrary, this is a normal occurrence in all cars. Many people have posted online about mice and rodents in their Prius cars. A feel this is a major safety issue with the car, and I am extremely disappointed that neither the local dealer nor the Toyota corporate services are willing to helo me solve this situation and prevent it from happening again. I think the consequences of this design defect should be covered under the warranty and Toyota should design a scree part to cover the vents where necessary to prevent this from happening in the future.

Unknown Or Other problem #38

I was driving on the freeway at about 63 miles per hour, I had been driving for about 20 minutes when my engine cut out, all the lights on my dash turned on including the check engine and red triangle warning light. I drifted to the shoulder and powered the car off. I tried to start it 2 more times, both times the engine did not start and the red triangle and the check engine lights came on again. I waited longer and tried to power up the engine again, it started with the check engine light on. I took it to the dealership 3 days later (they could not see me sooner), ran the codes and it only came up with the code poaof, which means that the engine did not start. They had no explanation of what happened and did not seem to share my concern that this could happen again. The did recall work for me and sent me home.

Unknown Or Other problem #39

Rear visibility seriously hampered because no camera installed in vehicle. Toyota motor car company knows from experience the serious safety & financial consequences of not addressing a safety issue & a camera providing the driver rear visibility could dramatically save the life of person(child) at rear of vehicle. It is to be noted Toyota installed camera in the Prius only when navigation sys. Is purchased.

Unknown Or Other problem #40

After a vague sense that both head lamps were sometimes going dark, I noticed that the passenger side was "out" and had it replaced at a cost of $245 for parts and labor. Now the other bulb is going dark on and off. If dark, it can be made to illuminate by turning lights off and back on. Bulb most often goes dark at speed.

Unknown Or Other problem #41

Problem: rear right wheel stud broken. I removed right side front and rear wheel lug nuts to rotate tires using the Toyota supplied lug wrench. Switched the tires and reinstalled the lug nuts. However one lug nut on the right rear wheel would not tighten. After a couple turns I decided to remove the other lug nuts on the right rear wheel to see what was wrong. One of the lug nuts fell off when I attempted to remove it. Inspection revealed that the wheel stud had broken off about 1/2 inch from the wheel flange. I pressed the broken stud from the wheel flange and installed a new stud purchased from the local Toyota dealer. This kind of failure, if it were to happen during vehicle movement, could result in a catastrophic accident. I have the broken stud and lug nut in my possession. Looks like a cyclic fatigue, something that should never occur in this application.

Unknown Or Other problem #42

At random, the car does not start. There is nothing different about events leading up to the failure from one day to the next. My neighbor has the same problem, and so did a friend of mine. Aaa told me that in the winter the car is particularly prone to having trouble starting.

Unknown Or Other problem #43

2010 Toyota Prius-while approaching stop light with brakes slightly engaged, left front tire struck a pot hole approximately 15" in diameter and two pavement layers deep. Vehicle brakes got soft and car accelerated briefly for less than one second. Braking then returned to normal feel and acceleration ceased.

Unknown Or Other problem #44

After only about 4 years use, the rubber cover on the hatch release handle (the exterior handle of the rear hatch) of our 2007 Toyota Prius, melted into a sticky tarry black rubbery gooey mess. I can best describe it as being a viscous black glob like roofing tar. To open the hatch, you have to touch this black goo each time, which makes it difficult to operate the hatch release. We believe this melting process started at about the 2 yr. Mark. I thought that this might be a singular issue, but have found that this has happened to several car owners in texas. Toyota knows about this, and is selling the entire wiring harness for $96 plus repair costs, and has done nothing about recalling this. From a safety perspective, this means you can experience extreme difficulty opening the rear hatch (a life safety access point), and will get sticky black tar on you from the melted down rubber cover of the exterior hatch release handle. To me, this is both a serious life safety issue and a serious quality defect that Toyota is opting to ignore and only fixing on vehicles with extended warranties, since the failure appears to occur at around the 3 year mark I am aware of the outstanding work done by NHTSA on other safety issues, including the problem with rusty frames on 02 isuzu axioms, and I find this problem to be similar in nature, so I am asking for your agency to take a look at these instances and also to inquire from Toyota why they are not recalling these handles that are melting in the sun!!! it's outrageous. I think a door handle or hatch handle should be made to last more than 3 years. . Read more...

Unknown Or Other problem #45

Twenty miles from my destination, both headlights went out, leaving only fog lights. This occurred at night, in the rain, on an interstate highway. The dealership advised both lights were burnt out and charged in excess of $400. 00 to replace the bulbs. Updated 01/20/11.

Unknown Or Other problem #46

Headlight goes on, then goes off. Won't stay on. I was informed the other one could go out at any time, so I should replace both, at great expense. I was told by Toyota that the hid headlights were covered under the regular warranty, but not the extended warranty. Bulbs (especailly those costing $300) should not burn out or randomly flicker on a two year old vehicle. To prevent future/additional problems, I had to replace both headlights, including the one that was working. This is a definitlely safety issue. . . I check bulbs regularly, and all are working when I turn the car on. Obviously, I can't check while I'm in motion - which is when they flash off - and was fortunate that both bulbs didn't burn out at the same time, which could have resulted in a crash, injury or accident (or worse) that I would have been liable for.

Unknown Or Other problem #47

Gas pedal does not accelerate when foot goes down on it 4 times -- I do not have exact dates 1. Early November, 2010 1 incident 2. January, 2011 2 incidents 3. Unknown unknown 1. Coming down the 405 at the 101 interchange, my gas pedal did not propel my car forward. I coasted to the side, turned off the motor, started again and all was fine. I reported it by phone and got an appt. To have the car checked. The dealer said there was nothing wrong. 2. It happened again as I was coming down the 101 into camarillo. I stopped, restarted and went on my way. 3. It happened again but not on an incline. I was going about 10 miles an hour on a flat parking lot. Gas pedal did not respond and I created a traffic jam because I could only coast into the parking garage. Here are my notes regarding this problem made calls to Toyota corporate totally unresponsive- take it to dealer and leave it there or just consider it reported . There were calls to the dealer and corporate regarding 3 of the incidents. Toyota customer service the car was checked 3 times- once after the first incident and then the dealer brought in a company inspector - each time they found nothing wrong. They told me that the “box� showed 4 incidents. Have no idea what that means toyota’s answer is always the same-- that I am putting my foot on the gas pedal and the brake at the same time!! that is impossible to do unless one uses both feet. (I do not drive with both feet and I cannot put my foot on both pedals even if I wanted to) Toyota has not come up with a solution or acknowledged that there is a problem. I am worried that one day I will need to accelerate to get out of danger and the gas pedal will not respond again. There is something wrong with this car. Toyota does not accept that. They say it is driver error. Yet it's physically impossible for me to duplicate.

Unknown Or Other problem #48

2004 Toyota Prius. Consumer writes regarding recall accelerator pedal interference the consumer stated he has received two recall letters. He stated he is pleased with his vehicle and is skeptical about letting the dealer work on his vehicle.

Unknown Or Other problem #49

2002 Toyota Prius. Consumer writes regarding a fatal collision involving a Toyota vehicle the consumer stated the Toyota Prius crossed over a grass median between a divided expressway and struck a Chevrolet blazer.

Unknown Or Other problem #50

2009 Toyota Prius. S10 appropriate handling- letter from regarding Toyota problems* tgw the consumer stated while driving at night, she noticed the dashboard lights glared in the windshield.

Unknown Or Other problem #51

After only about 3 years use, the rubber cover on the hatch release handle (the exterior handle of the rear hatch) of our 2008 Toyota Prius, melted into a sticky tarry black rubbery gooey mess. I can best describe it as being a viscous black glob like roofing tar. To open the hatch, you have to touch this black goo each time, which makes it difficult to operate the hatch release. We believe this melting process started at about the 2 yr. Mark. I thought that this might be a singular issue, but have found that this has happened to several car owners, particularly in louisiana. We also live in louisiana. Toyota knows about this, and is selling the entire wiring harness for $96 plus repair costs, and has done nothing about recalling this. From a safety perspective, this means you can experience extreme difficulty opening the rear hatch (a life safety access point), and will get sticky black tar on you from the melted down rubber cover of the exterior hatch release handle. To me, this is both a serious life safety issue and a serious quality defect that Toyota is opting to ignore and only fixing on vehicles with extended warranties, since the failure appears to occur at around the 3 year mark (ie after 3 years of exposure to the bright sun). I am aware of the outstanding work done by NHTSA on other safety issues and I find this problem to be similar in nature, so I am asking for your agency to take a look at these instances and also to inquire from Toyota why they are not recalling these handles that are melting in the sun!!! it's outrageous. I think a door handle or hatch handle should be made to last more than 3 years. . Read more...

Unknown Or Other problem #52

After 3 years, my 2007 Toyota Prius hatch release ( a black rubber strip ) has melted to a gooey tar strip. Toyota needs to put a recall on these hatch release buttons.

Unknown Or Other problem #53

We received a recall notice for our Toyota Prius. I wrote them a letter asking them to acknowledge that they were going to do only the mechanical modifications they described and not any work with the computer or electronics. Their response was to assign a subordinate to call me back and simply read my letter back to me. I want the courtesy of a written reply to the points I made in my letter before we leave our car in their hands. The California dept. Of consumer affairs bureau of automotive repair put me on hold for 20 minutes and then told me to contact you. The car is registered in my wife's name. Updated 01/31/11.

Unknown Or Other problem #54

(transmission problem) in a hot summer day where temperature was above 98 degrees, while in drive, the gear will not stay in drive and switched to neutral. It happened while I was going thru an intersection, it could have caused an accident due to this unexpected change from drive to neutral even though I had my foot on the accelerator. Since that first incident, it happened infrequently, but several times during the last two years and only during the hot summer months. When it does happen, it would not stay in drive, reverse or go into park, it just default to neutral. The only way to keep it running is by manually holding the gear handle to drive or reverse. This can be a dangerous condition if it happens in the middle of an intersection without understanding how to keep it in drive manually. I have mentioned this to Toyota dealer and their answer was that they have no other complaints. I think an investigation should be initiated on this defect to avoid potential loss of life. . Read more...

Unknown Or Other problem #55

I own a 2006 Toyota Prius. I purchased the vehicle new. It has approximately 57,000 miles. For the past six months, the front headlights will randomly stop working - sometimes the driver's side, sometimes the passenger side, sometimes both headlights. If I turn the headlight switch off and back on the lights will come back on. It is my understanding that over 1,000 Prius owners have reported this same problem to NHTSA. Please add my report to this database.

Unknown Or Other problem #56

I was driving my 6-month old 2009 Prius one summer day on a dry, paved, slightly downward incline when the following problem occurred. As I approached a traffic circle at about 5 mph and then applied the brakes, my car jumped forward for about a second and a gold light on the dash was briefly visible through my peripheral vision. Because I was familiar with anti-lock braking systems, I think that I kept my foot on the brake pedal, though I may have reflexively released it in my startle. At any rate the car stopped a few feet later. Thankfully there was no collision, largely due, I believe, to my habit of coasting to a stop when practical. However, this was a bit unnerving, and also since it was during the period of concern about Toyota Prius' unintended acceleration, I made a point of reporting it to my car dealer. I could not identify which dash light had flashed for a second. The dealer's response was that there was probably an uneven surface on the road that caused the problem. Sure enough, there had been both a shallow pothole and a bit of gravel where the stopping problem occurred. However, I take issue with Toyota's blaming road conditions for this problem when clearly the problem is that the car cannot respond appropriately even during very slow speeds. The problem hasn't recurred because I avoided the pothole afterward and never have to stop on a dime, pothole or no. I have had cars with anti-lock braking systems (abs) and never encountered this problem with them. Therefore, imo Toyota needs to improve the abs or the (then new) stability control feature on Priuses, both of which my car has. In all of the hype about Toyota cars' sustained unintended acceleration, I do not remember that this other event that I have described was also being addressed. How come? where are NHTSA, nasa, and Toyota on this?.

Unknown Or Other problem #57

I was making a sharp right turn to pull into a parking space, slowing to a stop. The car suddenly and unexpectedly accelerated forward out of my control. I applied the brakes as hard as I could, with no response. As the car was racing into a tree, I shut off the engine by pushing the power button to off. The car knocked down a tree and came to a stop on top of it.

Unknown Or Other problem #58

2005 Toyota Prius. Consumer writes to express discontent regarding the dealership and the handling of recall repairs.

Unknown Or Other problem #59

My 2005 Toyota Prius has a problem when I hit a bump when I am applying the brakes. The brakes momentarly stop funtioning. I never thought much about it thinking I hit a slick spot. I was talking to anothr 2005 Prius owner today who told me he had this problem, and that it is a know problem with the newer Prius. I just wanted you to know it is happening with the 2005 model as well.

Unknown Or Other problem #60

My 2005 Toyota Prius arbitrarily lost braking ability as I approached a ramp to enter another highway. Many lights went on including the red triangle with an exclamation point. I used the emergency brake to stop the car. I have been told that the skid control unit is broken and needs to be replaced. I will need to replace this part at a cost of $2200. Is this unit a safety threat?.

Unknown Or Other problem #61

True! gear problem! remember airbus flipping our of control when they came out with fly by wire? the joy stick gear is default to shift into neutral when normal push bring it in to reverse. No way to put it in neutral. I thought the same thing & was in denial until I realize that its impossible to put it into neutral when thing is speeding out of control. Don't take it lightly- I did bought a 2010 Prius just now & realize - u can't put it - in neutral. I was in denial. Also, ventilator fan suddenly accelerates when u try to switch the modes.

Unknown Or Other problem #62

The 2006 Toyota Prius was being driven up a hill (private road which we have access t). , when the car hit aan aea of loose dirt & gravel. This car, a base model Prius, has anti-skid control, but not traction control. The base model in 2006 was the only one designed like this. What happens, is when the anti-skid kicks in, it cuts all power to the wheels. Since the car ws heading up a steep incline, when all power to the wheels was cut, the car rolled back down and off the road ito the woods and trees/rocks. I just found out from my insurance company the the car is a total loss from all the damage to various parts. This problem never affected us except when trying to get out of the driveway on snowy/icy days. Now, whewn this incident happened, it is apparent the car should never have been sold or designed in this way.

Unknown Or Other problem #63

We own a 2008 Prius. The transportation secretary (and the latest incident in calif. ) leads us to believe it is unsafe. All we can get from Toyota and its dealer is wait until you get a letter. When is the government going to force them to do something?.

Unknown Or Other problem #64

Two occurrences: sudden loss of acceleration without any warning. First time dealership said it was a loose computer connection which they said they tightened and rebooted computer. Second occurence, they say they don't know what happened and have contacted Toyota headquarters for advice. Still waiting after 6 days. Concerned about this happening on a very busy freeway. We were on a highway that wasn't that busy and we were able to safely pull to the side of the road. Could be disastrous on a busy freeway where everyone is going bumper to bumper at 75 mph!!!.

Unknown Or Other problem #65

Continuation to incident# 10310144, the problem showed up at the dealer's service bay. The service technical people saw that but still wanted a separate diagnostic fee of $57 to tell me the real issue. I am sure they would have seen this before.

Unknown Or Other problem #66

1. Driving normally under normal conditions 2. 2009 Prius purchased in April of '09 loses traction over potholes, bumps in the road. This happens almost every time I drive, since I live in a city and go over potholes and uneven roads often. It is not a particular issue in the snow- in fact it happens more often on clear roads. 3. Nothing has been done to correct the issue, because my Prius was bought one month before the recall covers (April of '09, versus the new recall that goes back to may of '09). My car without a doubt has the same issue.

Unknown Or Other problem #67

Car seizing up in 2005 Prius when I go over large bumps in the road-- have experienced this problem continuously over past 2 1/2 years since I bought the car in may 2007 with 19,000 miles. I have seen reports that this problem has been reported in the 2010 Prius and a very large recall is about to happen, but I just want you to be aware that I have experience the same problem in my 2005.

Unknown Or Other problem #68

When applying the brakes over a bumpy or metallic surface, there is a uncomfortable delay until the brakes "kick in". This has been going on for some time.

Unknown Or Other problem #69

I was driving on pleasant grove blvd in roseville CA with a speed of 44 mph. It was about 7:16 pm. On my right a saw a black cat on the curb ahead of my walking, trying to make it's way across pleasant grove blvd. I made an emergency stop (didn't have to come to a complete stop) not to hit the cat. I pushed the brake pedal with full force in order to stop in time. There was no one behind me at the time happily. However, I noticed that the abs system didn't kick in and hence my brakes blocked shortly during the emergency stop. In la I had this happen twice to me that the abs didn't kick in and my wheels block. It's easily repeatable by making a stop that requires a short distance to stop. Happily this is hardly ever necessary, but I don't feel safe doing it. I have driven two Toyota corollas, they never had this issue and always the abs worked great. In the 2010 Toyota Prius, this doesn't work well. In addition to the braking issues on the highway, this is another problem with the Prius brake. It makes me feel insecure on the road with the Prius and I don't enjoy driving it due to these issues. It's just not safe!.

Unknown Or Other problem #70

The 2010 Toyota Prius that I have has very grabby brakes when backing up. This usually occurs when backing out of a parked position. It is a recurrent problem and can repeatedly jerk the car to a fast stop when backing up. Such quick jerking can make one lose control of the car.

Unknown Or Other problem #71

My 2010 Prius stops braking or accelerates when hitting a pothole or bump causing the car to stop later than anticipated. Almost hit a person in the cross walk.

Unknown Or Other problem #72

Pursuant to the 2010 Toyota Prius recall, it must be noted that we have 3 Toyota Priuses in my family -- mine is a 2008 Prius, my mother has a 2008 Prius, and my significant other has a 2007 Prius -- and all of them have the same braking issue that I keep reading about in the news. Everytime a bump, pothole, railroad tracks, or any other road anomoly is driven over, the brakes disengage. Since we live in mn, there are a lot of potholes, so the brake disengagement issue happens daily. This issue has been mentioned to our local Toyota dealership. We were told that the issue is normal operation of an antilock breaking system. . . . That seems doubtful in light of the 2010 Prius recall. Please make sure that other Prius model years are considered for government investigation. I think you will find that most Prius owners are aware of and have thought about this break disengagement issue. Regards, josh rogers 612. 310. 8218 cell joshrogers1@msn. Com email.

Unknown Or Other problem #73

Brakes disengage momentarily when braking on a rough or rippled surface. It gives the feeling the vehicle is being accelerated. Uncontrolled travel distance can be lengthly. I have experienced four such instances.

Unknown Or Other problem #74

Since I bought my 2010 Prius I've experienced problems with the brakes. The car experiences a sudden surge of power when going over bumps or hitting potholes if the brakes are being applied at the time. This happens at any speed at any time of day, only when the brakes are being applied lightly. This problem occurs several times a week, always when hitting bumps, potholes or uneven pavement. It always is a sudden, very brief surge of power, sometimes enough to push me back into the seat. So far there have been no consequences other than very frayed nerves. I've reported this to my dealer who responded that the car was a new technology and I simply didn't know how to drive it properly. I learned in subsequent conversations directly with the mechanic that others had complained about this problem but they had no idea what was causing it. To date, the dealer has done nothing about it. The only thing that fixes the problem is to brake further from a stop or to roll over bumps before braking. I'm very concerned about a situation where I need to brake suddenly but the car surges, possibly causing a crash.

Unknown Or Other problem #75

I've been hearing in the news about the potential of a braking issue with the 2010 Toyota Prius. Just wanted to let you know that I definitely noticed this issue in my new Prius. Approximately once a month, when I'm braking over an uneven or slippery surface, especially if it is only one side of the car going over the slippery surface, while I'm braking, there is a moment lasting less than a second where it feels like the brakes disengage. (causes your heart to skip a beat when it happens. ) I also noticed a separate quirk the other day that I want to pass on to you. I'm not sure if this was done deliberately by Toyota or whether this is a defect, however, I believe my speedometer is calibrated so that it reads a speed that is 2 mph faster than my actual speed. I noticed this when I went on a trip and used my wife's tom tom, which uses its gps signal to measure the speed of the car. The tom tom is usually spot on in my wife's Acura. In the Prius, it was indicating that my true speed was 2 mph less than what my speedometer indicated. I'm wondering if this wasn't somehow intentionally done by Toyota to get better perceived gas mileage by the driver. Having the car get over the 50 mpg threshold is a big marketing advantage for them. Getting over this threshold would be easier if the actual speed of the car was less than the perceived speed.

Unknown Or Other problem #76

My wife kathy and I own a 2009 Prius. We have experienced a problem that is persistent but the dealer cannot replicate the problem on the last several visits for routine service. They checked bulletins etc. But claim no problem exists. The problem: "lunging of the vehicle and noise with shaking of the car. " my wife drives the vehicle most of the time and experiences the problem often. I experienced the problem mainly in a parked situation standing next to the car talking to friends. In quiet mode, something like a compressor kicks in or engine starts, car literally lunged forward and rocked back and the clanging noise sounded as if the motor mounts were not doing their job. I explained the symptom to the dealer and they said there is not a compressor? I realize compressors are old school but that's the best correlation I can come up with. Another issue: after starting the car, moves from park to neutral but will not go into reverse or drive. This is an occasional issue. Please help! response: thank you for contacting Toyota motor sales, u. S. A. , inc. We appreciate your consideration and hope to have your email addressed as quickly as possible. Our current office hours are Monday through Friday from 5 am to 6 pm and Saturday 7 am to 4 pm pacific time. If you need immediate assistance, we recommend you contact the customer relations manager at your local Toyota dealership. ----- dealership said they cannot find anything! ------ my wife and I are realtors and we've had clients that don't want to ride with us in a Prius because of the recent news. I just want to know if my vehicle is safe?.

Unknown Or Other problem #77

I have a 2010 Prius. When I go over small bumps while breaking, the brakes stop working and the car accelerates for a bit. Disconcerting.

Unknown Or Other problem #78

The car suddenly and momentarily accelerates when coming out of a dip or pothole, or over a speed bump. Momentarily sounds unimportant but one speed bump was ahead of a crosswalk at the zoo, with many people crossing. It has also accelerated for longer periods (30 seconds) on the highway. I did not report this to Toyota because my in-laws Prius did the same thing, only they almost had an accident and when they reported it to Toyota, they were told that there was no problem with their car. They ended up selling it out of fear. The momentary accelerations happen frequently. The longer acceleration has happened twice, about 6 months ago.

Unknown Or Other problem #79

My Toyota Prius 2010 (5000 miles) few times already has an "accelerator that goes wild", but luckily for me, I can hit the brakes. It happened only when I drive back from my garage.

Unknown Or Other problem #80

I have owned a 2010 Toyota Prius for approximately six months. During that time I have experienced on several occasions (6-8 times) a feeling that the car is actually lurching forward while I am driving at low speeds over rough pavement and applying the brake. In my case the lurching of the car happens only when I am slowing down to make a turn. It is a frightening experience when you're applying pressure to the brake and your car feels as though it is about to take off. The sensation lasts for a second or two nevertheless it's still as I said frightening. When I first mentioned it to my local dealer the response was that it's the abs brakes and it's normal.

Unknown Or Other problem #81

I have a 2005 Toyota Prius. When I hit a bump and try to slow down, the car jumps forward. When I hit the brakes the car accelerates. This does not happen all of the time but is intermittent. I have tried to complain to Toyota but cannot get through.

Unknown Or Other problem #82

The trunk latch for our 2007 Toyota Prius started melting into a gooey mess about 3 years after we purchased it. It seems that many other owners of the 2007 Prius have experienced the same thing. Toyota will not replace it as defective equipment; however, it is obvious that door handles are not supposed to melt, even if you live in a warm climate.

Unknown Or Other problem #83

Wanted to let you know the problem with braking on rough pavement is not limited to the 2010 Prius. We have suffered with this problem on our 2005 Prius since the beginning.

Unknown Or Other problem #84

2007 Prius touring. Consumer writes to express sincere disappointment over automobile transaction. The consumer stated she was involved in an accident and his vehicle was totaled. The consume stated he was assured the vehicle he was about to purchase, had not been in any previous accidents. The consumer later discovered the vehicle had indeed been in multiple collisions, both front and rear. The consumer stated he began to notice the hood was not aligned properly, the rubber on the right front corner between the windshield and the right quarter panel was disconnected from the body and the lower front panel appeared to be slightly flared out.

Unknown Or Other problem #85

My 2010 Toyota Prius seems to lose braking power whenever I hit a bump or slick patch in the road. Not only do the brakes seem completely disengaged, but the car actually feels like it accelerates forward. I've adapted my driving, but only after I'd ended up in the middle of a couple of intersections because the car shot forward while I was ostensibly braking. Fortunately, I've not yet rear ended anyone.

Unknown Or Other problem #86

The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid. The contact was driving 30 mph when he pulled the cruise control lever up to increase the speed, the steering wheel would turn left and when he pulled the lever down to decrease speed, the steering wheel would turn to the right. He took the vehicle to the dealer who advised him to hold the steering wheel tight when increasing or decreasing the cruise control speed and it would not move. The contact was concerned that he had to hold the steering wheel tighter than normal at all times. He called the manufacturer and was instructed to take the vehicle back to the dealer. When he took the vehicle back to the dealer, they informed him that the failure could not be duplicated. The failure mileage was 5. The current mileage was approximately 7,000. Updated 05/24/10 the consumer was told to have a firm grip on the steering wheel when using the cruise control to adjust or set the speed of the vehicle. The consumer stated the steering was affected whenever he adjusted the cruise control lever mechanism. Updated 06/01/10.

Unknown Or Other problem #87

2007 Toyota Prius, back hatch release, rubber piece. This piece has deteriorated and it difficult to open back hatch. I have had this problem for about 1 year. I have done research and see this is a common problem in these 2007 Toyota vehicles. I believe this to be a hazard and would think Toyota would have recalled this piece as there are so many complaints.

Unknown Or Other problem #88

I bought a 2010 Prius in August 2009. When I apply the brakes on a bumpy road there is a loss of breaking for a short time. It feels like a surge in acceleration before the brakes work again. I do not know if it is a safety issue but it is very disconcerting.

Unknown Or Other problem #89

1. I purchased this 2010 Prius in August 2010. I have experienced unanticipated acceleration two times since the last (initial) service. Once with my husband driving on route 17 and the other time while I was driving on a local road. 2. As I stated in my service paperwork when the car was first serviced, there is a problem with the brakes. They do not stop on uneven road surfaces, such as pot holes, bumps, etc. Your service department said that this is caused by the abs and it is ?normal?. Obviously there is still a problem. Please advise what will be done to correct this issue. 3. When start the engine first thing in the morning (or when the car has not been driven for a while) often, but not always, it makes a grinding noise when starting.

Unknown Or Other problem #90

After pushing the power button and then shifting out of park to either drive or reverse, the vehicle lunges and I have to apply the brake, which makes the vehicle jerk. Sometimes the gasoline engine starts before I shift into gear sometimes it doesn't. This process is repeated over several times for a minute or so, then it corrects itself. I am just inching along lunging, braking, jerking. . . This has occurred about ten times over the eight weeks and 2540 miles since purchased August ll, 2009. Took to dealer, on sept. 29, 2009; they kept it for about 2 hours, could not duplicate and said all systems checked out ok. At that time the problem had occurred about six times. Since that date, this continues to happen intermittently. This has happened only when in my own drive or in parking lots. I am fearful that it could happen on the road and cause an accident and injury to myself and/or others. The dealer and Toyota case manager say that they must be able to duplicate the problem before anything can be done to correct it. Since it happens only on occasion, it will be difficult to duplicate.

Unknown Or Other problem #91

This is the breaking problem i’m having with my 2010 Prius: when I am stepping on the break, and also go over a small bump in the road, the car seems to accelerate for a moment and then goes back to breaking again.

Unknown Or Other problem #92

In March 2009, we purchased a Toyota Prius at the Toyota of northwest arkansas Toyota dealership of rogers, ar. On July 29, 2009, I pulled up to the curb to park at a strip mall. Upon applying the brake, the car lunged forward. I turned right on the sidewalk and the right side of the car ran into a post/upright that holds up the roof over the sidewalk, damaging the right side of the car (both doors, etc) and the post/upright. The cost to repair the car and the post/upright was approximately $5,300. There were no personal injuries (thank heavens no one was on the sidewalk). The police were called and the policeman said it was a non-reportable accident since it did not occur on a street and no personal injuries were involved. We saw press releases concerning floor mat problems and removed the floor mat. We also stopped at the dealership to inquire if there was something more we should do and were given a telephone number to call. The person we spoke with assured us that the problems did not pertain to the 2009 car we have. However, with the washington post saying "Toyota said it had corrected problems with the antilock brake system in Prius models sold since late last month. But the company was still deciding what steps to take to fix the problem in Prius cars sold . . . . Before late January. Our question: what is the best course of action for us?.

Unknown Or Other problem #93

During a drive on us224 in ohio, my husband was driving my 2005 Toyota on cruise control. After passing a vehicle, he attempted to slow down by braking but the car was still trying to accelerate. It took four iterations of pushing on the brake to finally make the car slow down. We were able to pull off of the highway and stop. During the incident, we could feel the pull of acceleration even when he was depressing the brake. If he let off of the brake the car would begin accelerating again. We did have an aftermarket floor mat on the driver side, however it is a very heavy, thick mat that does not move. We are 100% convinced that the floor mat was not on top of the accelerator pedal during this incident (as proven by the car finally slowing down and stopping with out the floor mat being adjusted).

Unknown Or Other problem #94

After only about 3 years use, the rubber cover on the hatch release handle (the exterior handle of the rear hatch) of our 2007 Toyota Prius, melted into a sticky tarry black rubbery gooey mess. I can best describe it as being a viscous black glob like roofing tar. To open the hatch, you have to touch this black goo each time, which makes it difficult to operate the hatch release. We believe this melting process started at about the 2 yr. Mark. I thought that this might be a singular issue, but have found that this has happened to several car owners, . Toyota knows about this, and is selling the entire wiring harness for $96 plus repair costs, and has done nothing about recalling this. From a safety perspective, this means you can experience extreme difficulty opening the rear hatch (a life safety access point), and will get sticky black tar on you from the melted down rubber cover of the exterior hatch release handle. To me, this is both a serious life safety issue and a serious quality defect that Toyota is opting to ignore and only fixing on vehicles with extended warranties, since the failure appears to occur at around the 3 year mark (ie after 3 years of exposure to the bright sun in north carolina for example). I am aware of the outstanding work done by NHTSA on other safety issues, including the problem with rusty frames on 02 isuzu axioms, and I find this problem to be similar in nature, so I am asking for your agency to take a look at these instances and also to inquire from Toyota why they are not recalling these handles that are melting in the sun!!! it's outrageous. I think a door handle or hatch handle should be made to last more than 3 years.

Unknown Or Other problem #95

While braking on roadway that has a manhole or a patch in the asphalt that is not exactly level with the rest of the asphalt, the tires feel like there is no traction and the car feels like it is hydroplaning. I have experienced this while driving on two specific roads and now I try to avoid the areas to prevent the feeling of having no control over the car. It feels like the car lurches forward and has no traction. This happens on dry roads. It is very frightening when it happens. I first noticed it when I first purchased the car in July and it has continued to happen.

Unknown Or Other problem #96

While braking and on uneven sufrace brakes feel like they have sropped working and then later catch, vehicle seems to actually speed up. It occures at lease 1+ a day depending on where I am driving and or weather conditiond. Speed dosn't always matter, as if coming off expressway and braking, speeds can be 55mph and it still happens. Luckily I have not hit any thing yet.

Unknown Or Other problem #97

On 3 separate days, 2 during the summer of 2009 and 1 during the summer of 2010, our Prius transmission has automatically and repeatedly shifted from d (drive) to n (neutral) without warning while the car was moving. All incidents happened on extremely hot days (temperatures near 100) in the afternoon after the car had been parked out in the sun and without us having made any accidental contact with the shifter / drive selector while driving. This created dangerous situations several times as the car erratically slowed as we entered intersections or pulled out onto busy streets. Our initial response was to depress the accelerator, but when this had no effect, we discovered the transmission light had moved from d to n. It was especially dangerous when making left hand turns on busy streets with oncoming traffic. We discovered that we could keep the car moving by constantly holding the shifter / drive selector lever in the d position. Turning off the air conditioner did not help the problem. After the first time this happened, we took the car to the dealership to investigate the problem, but the service technicians there were unable to reproduce it. This glitch remains a concern to us because the loss of power and acceleration is unpredictable and therefore dangerous, but at least we know we can keep the car moving by holding the shifter in the d position. Because the car is so computerized, I suspect an electronic component of the drive system may malfunction at high temperatures. The mileage number I gave is an approximation since I didn't record the actual mileage when this first happened, but the dealer who serviced the car shortly thereafter should have that information.

Unknown Or Other problem #98

When breaking my 2010 Toyota Prius, if I go over a bump or pot hole, it feels like the brakes cut out and my car jolts forwards. It seems to happen only when I go over a bump or something that would shake the car a bit. Nothing has been done as of yet to correct the problem.

Unknown Or Other problem #99

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the key to the vehicle was radioactive. The contact was concerned about the safety risk because he wore a pacemaker. The dealer informed the contact that there was no need for concern. The current and failure mileages were approximately 56,000. The consumer stated he was involved in two accidents and was injured. He didn't give any other specifics. Updated 07/22/jb.

Unknown Or Other problem #100

Toyota Prius loss of electical power, loss of steering resulting in crash in may 2009 while driving in a residental neighborhood at low speeds, Prius lost all power resulting in loss of steering and loss of brakes resulting in crash into a high curb. I had Prius towed to Toyota dealership and filed complaint with dealership as well as with main California complaint center. They said that it would take them 4 months to investigate complaint. They recommended my storing car at dealership for four months if I wanted an investigation. They would not investigate otherwise. They told me there was no cause for concern and that the power loss must of resulted after the crash. They said that Toyota had no safety complaints about power loss or steering or brake loss. I went on line and found same year model recall in australia. They told me the products were dissimilar and not a cause for concern. I disagreed. My routine mechanic at merchants tire and auto could find nothing wrong. I repaired the structural damage and sold the car since Toyota assured me there was nothing wrong. Toyota corporation's methodology of investigation appears to be designed to stifle any meaningful determination of baseline safety fault. The requirement to store a car for months at owners expense and for driver to have no access for transportation would appear to discourage any meaningful investigation of safety concern. Given the current finding of brake and other safety defects in Toyota products, I am concerned that the power loss may have been under-reported because of their unethical business practices. I report it to help you determine if there is a pattern of power loss, loss of steering and loss of braking in the Prius.

Unknown Or Other problem #101

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Prius. When ever the contact wore polarized sunglasses the instrument panel displayed dim lighting. The manufacturer was notified and there has been no resolution. The contact is aware of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 2,000 and the current mileage was 7,400. Updated 9/17/09.

Unknown Or Other problem #102

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Prius. When ever the contact wore polarized sunglasses the instrument panel displayed dim lighting. The manufacturer was notified and there has been no resolution. The contact is aware of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 2,000 and the current mileage was 7,400. Updated 9/17/09 updated 09/18/09.

Unknown Or Other problem #103

Trunk latch rubber has deteriorated to the point of stickiness and black coming off on your fingers when opening. Sometimes, it takes a few tries before it will open. In the winter during cold weather, the rubber is very hard and you cannot open the trunk (hatch) at all. The only way we were able to open the hatch was to first run a hairdryer on it to enable us to open the door. This could potentially cause a safety hazard if access to the back was required in an emergency. Toyota has failled to issue a recall for this defect. Our car has always been garage kept and not left parked in the sun. Plus, we have owned numerous other cars, to include Toyotas, which have never had a problem with a trunck (hatch) lock.

Unknown Or Other problem #104

I was driving onto the highway and the entrance curved. The road was wet from a recent start of rain. I tried to brake my car and the brakes did not catch and I spun out on the entrance ramp and hit a reflector pole and ended up in the dirt on the shoulder of the on ramp.

Unknown Or Other problem #105

2005 Toyota Prius. Similar "braking" problem as is in news for 2010 Prius. After going over a (even a small) bump, car almost lurches forward; glad I wasn't near another car, or might have hit it. Has happened a few times when going over small bumps took to dealer-did not find anything. Seems like more of an acceleration. Drivetrain problem. Second possible Prius issue: a few times when I pushed down accelerator to enter highway from full stop, nothing for a second-a delay that could be lethal. Seems as bad as nader's corvair-based "unsafe at any speed". Would not buy another Prius.

Unknown Or Other problem #106

I am writing about a caution statement on page 48 of the Toyota Prius 2008 owner's manual. The caution statement states "people with implanted pacemakers or cardiac defibrillators should keep away from the Smart key system antennas. " people wanting to test drive or purchase the Prius or any vehicle with a Smart key system should be asked prior to driving or purchasing the car if they have either of these devices. If so, the Smart key system should be deactivated. Also, Toyota should send a letter to all owners of vehicles with a Smart key system warning them to deactivate the Smart key system if either the driver or a passenger has a pacemaker or defibrillator. This caution information should not be located on page 48, but should be clearly posted on the vehicle and sticker.

Unknown Or Other problem #107

Toyota Prius floor mat and sustained acceleration.

Unknown Or Other problem #108

Hid headlights go off intermittently while driving. Headlights can be reset by turning healight switch to off and back on again. A search of the NHTSA and other websites demonstrate that this same problem is widespread for several year models of Prius autos. The dealer estimates to replace the headlight bulbs is about $1000 per headlight, making this a serious problem because people will seek lower cost remedies which are not safe. Toyota thus far has not officially recognized or attempted to address this issue. Since a total loss of lighting can occur at anytime with serious consequences, a recall should be performed to correct this issue before fatalities occur.

Unknown Or Other problem #109

After only about 2 years use, the rubber cover on the hatch release handle (the exterior handle of the rear hatch) of our 2006 Toyota Prius, started to be sticky. Now, after nearly 5 years after purchase, I notice that it has melted into a sticky tarry black rubbery gooey mess which has spread over a much larger area. I can best describe it as being a viscous black glob like roofing tar. To open the hatch, you have to touch this black goo each time (it takes 2-3 days to remove the stain completely from fingers/nails), which makes it difficult to operate the hatch release. It is obvious that this melting process started when I noticed the sticky feel. I thought that this might be a singular issue, but have found that this has happened to several car owners, particularly in the south. We live in mobile, alabama. It seems that Toyota knows about this faulty material, and has done nothing about recalling this. From a safety perspective, this means you can experience extreme difficulty opening the rear hatch (a life safety access point), and will get sticky black tar on you from the melted down rubber cover of the exterior hatch release handle. To me, this is both a serious life safety issue and a serious quality defect that Toyota is opting to ignore and only fixing on vehicles with extended warranties, since the failure appears to occur at around the 3 year mark. I am aware of the outstanding work done by NHTSA on other safety issues, including the problem with rusty frames on 02 isuzu axioms, and I find this problem to be similar in nature, so I am asking for your agency to take a look at these instances and also to inquire from Toyota why they are not recalling these handles that are melting (it is outrageous). I think a door handle or hatch handle should be made to last more than 3 years. Please review this.

Unknown Or Other problem #110

An fyi for Prius owners, I have a 2007 Prius and had the following happen to me, as I was driving my navigation display suddenly began displaying a view out of my backup camera, which was very disorientating as my eye was drawn to the image of the road disappearing behind me. I pulled over and powered down and then rebooted my cars computer system and it has been fine since. This does bring to mind that if the car is able to think its in reverse when driving forward then any number of things could be misinterpreted by the computer system.

Unknown Or Other problem #111

This incident involves my 2007 Toyota Prius hybrid that I have owned for almost a year. As I was driving approximately 40 mph and put my foot on the brake as I approached a red light, the red brake warning came on the dash as did the abs warning light. My foot went all the way to the floor and I had no brakes. Luckily I had a right turning lane that I could veer into and not hit the stopped vehicles in front of me. As I continued to push the brake to the floor and maneuver the vehicle out of traffic, it seemed to catch a little and I was able to slow the vehicle eventually to a stop. I put the vehicle in park as it was still running, and pulled out the owner's manual. The manual specifically stated that if these two warning lights came on at the same time, you were to "stop immediately and contact your Toyota dealership". This is exactly what I did. I had the vehicle towed into their facility that evening. The next day I was interrogated by the mechanic after a diagnostic report was done on my car. He wanted to know when I let the car run out of gas. I have never let my car run out of gas, and in fact that just filled the take the day before this incident occurred. The mechanic couldn't tell me what was wrong and contacted Toyota's corporate office. Two days later, I was advised that the reason the brakes didn't work was because I "let the car run out of gas "and this caused the engine to shut off. I argued that the car had never run out of gas and the engine didn't shut off, the brakes went out. The service manager pulled out the diagnostic test showing that "at some point" the car had run out of gas----this test doesn't give a date of when this may have happened. I advised the service manager that the car had 223 miles on it when I purchased it-- this test result could have happened when the car was still at the dealership, not in my possession. The service manager advised me that his "hands were tied" and that Toyota had made their decision.

Unknown Or Other problem #112

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Prius. The contact would like to file a general complaint about hybrid vehicles. The contact stated that the vehicle did not make enough noise for blind pedestrians to hear them. Updated 03/20/jb.

Unknown Or Other problem #113

In 2005 Toyota Prius, even slight wheel slippage engages the vehicle control system and cuts power to the wheels. When it is sometimes necessary to accelerate quickly into traffic, acceleration cuts off completely and leaves one in a dangerous situation. Even if I back off the accelerator it takes several moments for the vsc to cut out before acceleration can resume. The vsc cannot be turned off as it can in most other cars. It is most likely to occur when entering a highly traveled highway from a side street and I have no choice but to accelerate quickly. Toyota provides no warning this dangerous feature. I believe it causes accidents.

Unknown Or Other problem #114

: the contact stated while driving 65 mph on a major highway, the sun visors were too small and would not provide flexibility to adjust and reflect the sun. The vehicle had to be pulled over to avoid an accident. The manufacturer was contacted and determined they were aware of the problem which would be referred to their engineering department and could be remedied in future models.

Unknown Or Other problem #115

Experience: driving a 2001 Toyota Prius between 60 and 65 mph on I-494 in eagan minnesota. The sensor on the vehicle's accelerator pedal assembly failed I. E. The ability to get gas to the engine stopped. The car was towed to an authorized repair dealer and the part, which failed, was replaced. My complaint has two parts: (1) Toyota does not recognize a critical part like the sensor on the accelerator pedal assembly as a part of major significance. I believe it is major safety issue and must be corrected by Toyota. I was told by Toyota's customer assistance center the part was not defective and it failed because normal use. I am appalled to learn that a 6 year old car with 50,226 miles is equipped with accelerator unit which can fail when the average use is 8,371 miles per year. I am also amazed the customer service center is not interested in looking at this performance as a major defect. They told me they had no record of other incidents with this part. Yet when I talked to the Prius service team supervisor at two different dealerships, I was informed by each one they had replaced 4 to 5 of them. If my small survey revealed that number I can only guess what a nationwide survey would reveal. 2) in response to my asking Toyota to reimburse me for the $810. 41 bill their response was I should submit my request for reimbursement to my insurance company or to the firm which owns the car. Clearly, a situation of shifting the responsibility of making quality oem parts to a third party to absorb the cost and ignoring the major safety implications created when the accelerator stops functioning in a vehicle driven less than the average car.

Unknown Or Other problem #116

On June 6, 2006 I took our 2001 Toyota Prius to a local Toyota dealer because it had been losing power while driving. The Prius mechanic told me that it was "normal" and that there was "nothing wrong. " I responded that I knew that something was wrong with the vehicle. On June 15, 2006 on the way into work, the car completely lost power while driving on the interstate. Fortunately, we were able to pull over at a relatively safe spot. Had it stalled in heavier traffic or in a different lane, we could have died there. The screen showed "main battery failure," and the car wouldn't move. I had it towed to the dealer. The technician tested it and the only code shown was an "accelerator assembly pedal. " neither I nor the technician felt that this was the problem; the technician felt that the problem is in the inverter--the part that cycles power back and forth between gas and electric. However, Toyota regional refused to replace the inverter, saying "we are not just going to throw parts at the problem trying to solve it. " I was told by the dealer that I would have to replace the accelerator assembly pedal at my expense, even though that will likely not resolve the problem, because Toyota "will not do anything else unless you do. " this type of powering down and stopping is a known issue with Toyota Prius cars, more so with 2004-05 (for which an NHTSA investigation has been opened), but also with 2001-03. There were fewer of the 2001-03 cars on the road, so the number of reported instances is less, but the internet contains many complaints from Toyota Prius owners regarding this issue. This is a very serious safety issue. As Prius cars age, this safety defect will become increasing apparent and hazardous.

Unknown Or Other problem #117

I was walking through a parking lot when the Prius I was behind backed up into me (I moved quickly away and was not injured). I did not know the car was about to back up because it made no noise. I did not even know it was on. I don't know why I didn't notice any backup lights, probably because it was a bright sunny day. I would like, as a pedestrian, to be able to hear that a car is running and about to move.

Unknown Or Other problem #118

This event has occured on a number of occasions with my 2007 Toyota Prius. When I am applying the brakes and go over a bump or pothole, the traction control light appears and the brakes weaken for a moment. The light will go off and the breaks feel like they go back to full strength. I am aware of this issue and have modified my driving becasue of it. Recently while approaching an intersection I had to slow very quickly and hit a pothole while the brakes were applied. I traveled several feet further because the brakes were not reacting at full strength when the light was on. I have heard of other 2007 owners complaining but when I contacted my Toyota dealer they said there was nothing they could do until there is a recall. That was the only time I contacted my dealer because it made me so upset. It is safe to say that from the moment I have purchased the car (within the first week) to current, if I am breaking and hitting a bump or pothole of significant disruptance at the same time - this situation replays itself. The date of incident is around the first date of the first occurance. It has happened nearly 100+ times since then.

Unknown Or Other problem #119

: the contact stated a piece of the dashboard sticks out, causing a glare on the windshield. The manufacturer was contacted. Updated 03/20/06.

Unknown Or Other problem #120

Reference investigation # pe05029: my Toyota Prius 2003 (VIN # jt2bk18u330072386) gasoline/ electric hybrid vehicles that can be operated in gasoline or electric mode. On 4 separate occasions, the gasoline engine shut down suddenly without warning. Each time I was driving with the speed of highway traffic. The three previous times the vehicle continued to operate using the electric mode for a period of time after the gas engine stalled. This last and 4th time the vehicle shut down at the same time that they felt the gas engine stalled. I was able to restart the vehicle after 3 immediate attempts to turn the car on. I was able to slowly drive the car off the highways and to park. As with the last 3 times, I again had the vehicle towed. Each of the 4 stalling incidents, I was alerted by an audible sound and various warning lights. After the car stalled the brake and steering operation continued to function as the car drifted to a stop. Each time the reason was for the failure to operate was caused by something different, as I am told by the service center. This last time, (4th) the dealership said the car is "fine" asked me to pay the tow and is sending me on my way. Nothing was done. I drive about 90 miles a day with my 8 yr old daughter as my primary passenger. This is a very dangerous situation that has not been corrected by Toyota. My dealership (kings Toyota cincinnati ohio).

Unknown Or Other problem #121

The black plastic material inside the car is getting white splotches on it. If you even put your arm against it or your hand little blotches appear that do not come off. This is occurring on the dash and on the sides of the car.

Unknown Or Other problem #122

I have a 2005 Toyota Prius. I got my car 8-23-2005 and on 10-13-2005 I was hit on the passenger side while making a left hand turn. The intersections was just after a traffic circle, signs was missing, it was raining, dusk and the person who hit me did not have her lights on and was driving too fast for conditions. My car stopped, and could not be restarted. It was towed. I called my insurance company and was sent to a repair facility. After several days they got my car, but because it would not start, towed it to a Toyota shop. It sat there for 10 days, until I called, then it was sent back to the repair shop. It took 6 more weeks for the car to be repaired. One delay was in getting the seat-belt, which was supposed to come with the seat, but did not. It had to be shipped from japan (I was told). After the repair was done, 9 weeks after the accident, the car would not start. It was towed to another Toyota dealership. Two weeks later, I am told that a wiring harness was the problem. This has to be shipped from japan, and the expected date of arrival is 1-11-2006. Meanwhile, I have not had my car for nearly 3 months. My insurance paid for 30 days of a rental car (I waited a week to get the rental car), then I paid for another 4 weeks. I have notified Toyota 2 times about this situation. I have called the dealership, where I have a "special" customer convenience card. This card only seems to be good for purchases, and not for actual assistance. I think Prius owners need to know that their cars can only be repaired at a few locations, and most dealerships can not repair them properly. Additionally, I think the car has a significant blinds pot, as I am frequently surprised by other cars suddenly appearing.

Unknown Or Other problem #123

The consumer stated there was no alarm to alert him the emergency brake was on. The manufacturer has been contacted. Updated 07/03/06.

Unknown Or Other problem #124

I was accelerating into a yield situation where I had room to merge from an offramp and the gas motor didn't kick in. The check-engine light flashed, the car vibrated, and it moved only as if the electric motor was going for a few seconds and then, as I was flooring it, the car jarted out into the intersection where now there wasn't room and I became involved in an accident.

Unknown Or Other problem #125

We have a 2005 Toyota Prius. We have experienced the braking problem that has been noted with the 2010 models - the brakes seem to pause, especially when stopping on rough or slippery pavement. We had not reported this earlier, because we didn't know if this was just an illusion resulting from the hybrid system. Now that the recall is in full effect, we believe that this is the same defect that is being reported. This has been a consistent item since we bought the car in 2005. At this time, we have done nothing to correct the issue.

Unknown Or Other problem #126

I was driving about 45 mph and felt the power die and saw the dashboard warning lights come on. I had to stop at a light and the car accelerated but felt like it was coasting. I was very close to home and made it about 500 feet from my driveway when the car stopped. I could not turn off the engine, the lights nor would the car go into drive or reverse. Since I was in the middle of the road, after about 15 minutes I put the car into neutral and rolled down the hill closer to the curb. After I got to the side of the road, I once again tried to start the car and this time it started easily. It was towed to the dealer who had never heard of this problem nor dealt with it. They called the next day to say the computer said it needed to be reprogramed and that the car was fixed. They had no idea why this happened but now that the program was reset, "it should not happen again. " I love this car however, I am getting 40-42mpg where others I have spoken with are into the 50 mpg range, and now I am concerned about it stalling out. The car has about 13,000 miles.

Unknown Or Other problem #127

1. I was driving at sustained speeds of 55 to 65 mph on an us route 101 for approximately 40 minutes in my 2001 Toyota Prius. 2. The internal combustion engine suddenly stopped operating, leaving only the electric motor operating. This caused a sudden loss of power and deceleration. 3. The accelerator pedal assembly had to be replaced. The old part is not available.

Unknown Or Other problem #128

Power loss on highway, engine light came on. Pulled over to side. Restarted but the engine light stayted on.

Unknown Or Other problem #129

My 2004 Toyota Prius lost powe, eventually running on battery alone until power was completely lost. Contacted my dealer tristate Toyota in dudley. By contacting Toyota roadside assistance, I was towed to dealer. Service mgr. Immediately applied the reprogramming of my computer as covered in TSB issued around 10/04. Car seems to be back to normal, but this was very disconcerting. Reviewed the situation with service mgr. On 5/31, pointing out that this was a serious condition which should call for a recall ao all 2004 & early 2005 models. Thank god I was close to my dealer rather than out in the boondocks somewhere. I have an uneasiness about this fix. Can Toyota assure me that it will not reoccur. Remember this TSB was issued in 10/2004 but I was never warned to return to the dealership for corrective steps to be taken. Additional complaint - fuel guage inaccurate. When warning blinker comes on I can only add at most 7. 5 gallons, in the car whose tank capacity is 11. 9 gals. They tried a fix on this - but it was completely inneffective. Other than these two items I am elated with the car. I just hope they will do the right thing here.

Unknown Or Other problem #130

I was driving my 2004 Toyota Prius (14250 miles) on a freeway and all of a sudden all the warning lights came on (red exclamation mark in a triangle , engine failure with exclamation mark, another exclamation mark in a cirlce and some other scary signs). I immediately pulled over on the shoulder of the highway, and stopped the car. I checked the owner's manual to make sense out of those signs and it said "do not drive and contact your Toyota dealer immediately", so I did. The car was towed to the Toyota dealer and the dealer had it for a day. The dealer had it checked and told me that the software needed to be upgraded. He told me that Toyota was aware of the problem and the upgrade was already out. I think it is a very serious problem. Now I was searching on the internet for more information on this Prius software problem, I found that there are many incidents of this type where all of a sudden the software crashes.

Unknown Or Other problem #131

I had just dropped my son off at school when all of the warning lights on the dash and multi display of my 2004 Toyota Prius illuminated. As soon as I pulled the car out of the school driveway and onto the highway (speed limit 45 mph), I realized that I had no acceleration. I managed to pull the car onto a side street before it shut down completely. Police had to divert traffic while awaiting the tow truck. At the dealership, the car started up again. The dealer couldn't determine the problem, and tried reprogramming the car. Since Toyota doesn't seem to know what caused the shutdown, I am concerned that this will happen again, and that there will be an accident next time.

Unknown Or Other problem #132

Consumer vehicle has in been in the shop for repairs since April 05. Consumer feel the vehicle is unable to be repaired. The consumer did not state what the problems were.

Unknown Or Other problem #133

The shift-by-wire transmission selector in my 2005 Toyota Prius ignores my shift if I move the shift lever too quickly. This has almost led to several accidents. On my first day driving my Prius, I was parked in a diagonal, on-street space. My view of approaching traffic was blocked by the vehicle beside me. When I backed out far enough into the traffic lane, I realized that traffic was coming. I needed to move forward quickly to avoid getting hit. I quickly moved the shift lever to “d� and accelerated. The car lurched backwards instead of forwards. I hit the brake and quickly but carefully shifted to “d� again. Approaching traffic was now almost at my location. I accelerated again but the car lurched backwards, not forwards, again. The car had ignored both inputs from me and remained in reverse. Luckily the approaching traffic slowed to avoid crashing into me, giving me time to slowly and deliberately move the shift lever to “d. €� this time the car moved forward. I can easily shift the lever too quickly, which results in no gear change. Toyota said this dangerous condition is normal for the Prius. Also, there is a column-mounted stalk too close to the dash-mounted gear shift lever. It is easy to momentarily put your hand on the wrong stalk when trying to shift gears. Finally, the car loudly beeps whenever reverse is selected. This is inside, not outside – I assume to let you know that you are in reverse. That loud, distracting interior beeper is a safety hazard. I was not aware of hearing it when I had the backing incidents described above but I am very aware of it when I am carefully backing up and trying to watch and listen for pedestrians, cars, etc. Behind me. My Toyota dealer told me that it cannot be disconnected. All drivers – from owners to valets, expect the gears to change when they shift. The public should be warned about the Prius until Toyota makes a transmission fix – such as retrofitting the cars with a conventional shift mechanism.

Unknown Or Other problem #134

2001 Toyota Prius stalled 3 different times at highway speeds over 12 month time. Car would not restart and had to be towed to local Toyota dealerships (I-10 Toyota and toyata of the desert).

Unknown Or Other problem #135

I have a 2004 Prius. (your sustem does not show a Prius, so I checked the Toyota matrix box, since the system made me check some model box. )the Toyota navigation system is defective--it directs turns onto non-exitent roads. People will die when they follow the system's directions and drive off road and crash. Letters to Toyota have gone unanswered. By telephone Toyota advises that this is not their problem.

Unknown Or Other problem #136

S10 appropriate handling-letter from regarding Toyota problems.

Unknown Or Other problem #137

2010 Toyota Prius. Consumer expresses discontent regarding innocent lives lost and regarding Toyota defects.

Unknown Or Other problem #138

Petition for safety recall of any vehicle without a single function, directly acting, fail -safe, off switch or button. Document added and scanned into the system ref: petition for investigation of dtcs and missing dtcs (Toyota).

Unknown Or Other problem #139

2009 Toyota Prius. Consumer expresses discontent due to a break in of his vehicle. Consumer questions the Smart key keyless/wireless entry design.

Unknown Or Other problem #140

2008 Toyota Prius. Consumer expresses discontent with recall issues the consumer stated he is afraid to drive the vehicle and no one has any suggestions.

Unknown Or Other problem #141

Letter from attorney general concerned about the 2010 Toyota Prius anti-lock brake issue the attorney general was very please that NHTSA is investigating the matter. The attorney general requested that NHTSA answer several questions. Updated 03/10/10.

Unknown Or Other problem #142

While driving in heavy traffic vehicle completely shutsdown. When this occurs check engine o/ battery lights illuminate. Please give furhter details.

Unknown Or Other problem #143

Consumer states he can not see any of the instruments on the panel in the daylight from the cruise contol light, to the directional signal, as well as not being able to hear the directional signals, and the speedometer reading can't be read as well, consumer can't not see the pre set reading for the radio unless it is night time, also the gas level bar no longer lights up to warn the consumer that the fuel is low.




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