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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
2,575 miles

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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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2009 Toyota Prius miscellaneous problems

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2009 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 012009

Prius

  • 100 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Prius hybrid battery tube vent material gives off a strong plasticizer smell. This is continous and in all seasons. This may be dangerous to health of occupents.

- Riverwoods, IL, USA

problem #7

Oct 012010

Prius

  • miles
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.

- Wauseon, OH, USA

problem #6

May 072010

(reported on)

Prius

  • miles
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)

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 192010

(reported on)

Prius

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 082010

Prius

  • 14,000 miles
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.

- Boston, MA, USA

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problem #3

Jul 292009

Prius

  • 2,500 miles
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?

- Bella Vista, AR, USA

problem #2

Apr 092009

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
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

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 092009

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
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.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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