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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Toyota Prius electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 202005

Prius 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles


While driving 20 mph the vehicle caught on fire in the trunk where the battery was located. Consumer was able to pull the vehicle off the road. The local fire department arrived and extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical short. The dealer was notified. The hybrid battery pack caught on fire.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #4

May 112003

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
2002 new Toyota Prius delivered with Bridgestone potenza tires. These tires have failed after 12,000 miles. Then changed tires (all 4) which failed at 10,000 miles. Toyota corporate says its not their concern. Dealer told me they are not safe tires. I have replaced tires every 10,000 miles. Toyota corporate recommends these tires and takes no responsibility for them.

- Logan, IA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012002


  • miles
Consumer stated that the vehicle stopped while pulling out of a parking lot due to faulty battery.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #2

May 272002


  • miles
Vehicle refuses to start. Towed vehicle. Replaced battery, problem re0ccurred. A

- Ukiah, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 272002

(reported on)


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

- Lakeland, FL, USA

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