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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
175,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Toyota Prius brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 072008


  • 175,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Prius. The contact detected toxic levels of Mercury inside of the vehicle. The contact stated the Mercury problem was contributed to a specific type of metal content in the brake pads. The contact was advised by a physician that a chronic exposure of Mercury was in his body which resulted to such symptoms as fatigue, itchy skin, hair loss and a tingly sensation within the body. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they did not have the equipment to perform a diagnosis for levels of Mercury. The contact planned to replace the brake pads due to the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was approximately 175,000.

- South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA

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