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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
87,853 miles

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2008 Toyota Prius seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 072014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


Driver of 2008 Toyota Prius was traveling at approximately 30 mph when driver was struck on left rear quarter panel, hit black ice and struck a curb then a tree. Airbag deployed and driver collided with airbag and the driver seat belt did not keep driver in place and driver struck the top of his head on the top of the windshield.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 142014

Prius 4-cyl

  • 187,411 miles
My brother was killed in a car wreck on 1/14/2014 as you can see from the article of what happened. Not one airbag went off during this wreck. There is video and pictures of the severity of the wreck. 54-year-old [xxx] was killed in a three-vehicle accident on I-75 Tuesday morning, January 14, 2014. [xxx] I-75 accident.according to Georgia state patrol, traffic was stopped in the northbound lanes of I-75, near exit 64, for an earlier accident. [xxx], of orlando, was either slowing or stopped in his Toyota Prius in the inside lane when a GMC Envoy crashed into the back of [xxx] Prius, forcing it into a stopped semi-truck in the middle lane. Tragically, [xxx] perished from his injuries. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Peyton, CO, USA

problem #2

Dec 012011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Passenger seat belt fails to latch. The passenger seat has had little to no use so, overuse is not an issue.

- Fenton , MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 012008

Prius 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
The left rear and rear center seatbelt receptacles are installed adjacent to one another, but in a reverse position in 2008 Toyota Prius vehicles. When passengers are seated in both the left rear and center positions, their belt/shoulder harness straps cross at the adjacent receptacles, causing chafing. Toyota informs me this feature is by design. I believe this is a potential point of failure of the seat belts, and is therefore a safety issue.

- Miami, FL, USA

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