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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,250 miles

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2004 Toyota Prius seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012007


  • miles


2004 Toyota Prius having problems starting.* the consumer stated after several tries, the vehicle started, however when he shifted into the drive, the engine raced and the vehicle lurched forward rapidly, even though the accelerator had not been applied. The consumer was unable to stop the vehicle by using the brakes. The vehicle continued forward about 25 feet and crashed into a garage. The consumer received minor scratches to his knee. The consumer also noted that the air bags did not deploy.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #1

Dec 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
While traveling 25 mph consumer's vehicle proceeded to strike another vehicle. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Also, driver's side seat belt tightened so much that consumer could not breath. After finally releasing the seat belt consumer could breath.

- Robertsdale, PA, USA

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