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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,500 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.

2009 Toyota Prius transmission problems

transmission problem

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2009 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012010


  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Prius. The contact was driving approximately 2 mph into a parking space with pressure applied to the brake pedal. The vehicle slowed down, followed by an unexpected acceleration. The vehicle crashed into a handicap parking pole. There were no injuries. There was a separate occasion when the gear selector failed to shift into reverse gear or park position. The failure occurred intermittently vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The technician stated that the vehicle was functioning properly. The vehicle has not been repaired at this time. The failure mileage was 36,000.

- Richmond , TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 282009


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Prius. While driving approximately 55 mph on normal road conditions. The cruise control selector was activated. The driver's hand slightly hit the gear shifter in which the shifter moved out of gear. The contact had concern of the safety risk regarding the poor manufacturer design. Immediately, the gear shifter was moved into the proper gear. The failure mileage was 7,000. The current mileage was 8,000.

- Bayfield, WI, USA

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