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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,122 miles

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2010 Toyota Prius seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2010 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #4

Dec 172010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 9,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, she crashed head-on with another vehicle. She stated that the air bags did not deploy and the safety belt did not restrain her properly. The contact and a passenger received major injuries to the liver, ribs, neck, ankle, and hands. Police report was filed. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The manufacturer stated that an investigator would be sent to inspect the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 9,000. Updated 12/14/2011 updated 04/25/11

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 042010


  • 6,696 miles
2010 Toyota Prius: Chronic failure of passenger air bag and seat belt warning light systems. Dashboard lights indicating passenger seat belt is unfastened and passenger air bag is off illuminate unexpectedly, and remain illuminated, whether anyone is in the passenger seat or not, and whether the passenger seat belt is fastened or not. Problem does not go away by merely shutting down and exiting the vehicle; erroneous indications recur as soon as the car is reentered and started up again. Five different visits to Toyota service centers have been made for this issue, with "repairs" lasting for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks before the problem occurs again. There does not seem to be any pattern to what transpired leading up to the failure. The problem most recently occurred on 12/4/10, however, as of this date (12/6/10) the car has not yet been taken back to a service center. Notes: (1) "approx incident date" in "complaint info" section is of the most recent occurrence. First occurrence was mid-July, 2010.(2) "mileage" and "speed" shown in "vehicle information" section represent the first occurrence of this problem. Mileage at most recent occurrence was 13714. Speeds varied from occurrence to occurrence.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #2

Oct 232009


  • 3,400 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into and through a garage; the air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained a bruised heart, broken sternum and two broken ribs. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance outside of taking a complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 3,400.

- Highland , NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 182009


  • 280 miles
On December 18, 2009 at 4:40 pm in the still-light late afternoon we struck a deer in the road with our 2010 Toyota Prius.  the car was less than one month old and still on its first tank of gas. We have lived in a semi-rural area of New Jersey for over 30 years.  deer in the road is a frequent occurrence here.  but in 30 years, though we have had countless sudden collision-avoidance stops in other cars including our 2007 Prius, we have never had an accident. On December 18, traveling at approximately 35 mph on dry, but aged asphalt we observed a deer entering the road.  to avoid a collision, the brakes were jammed on.  but this time the braking event seemed to occur in slow motion.  it was the first sudden stop required of this new car.  eventually the ABS system engaged and the car came to a stop, but only after striking the deer with such force that the car sustained $2500 worth of front end damage.  lights, the bumper and front panels needed to be replaced.  the airbags did not deploy.  police and insurance reports were filed. Toyota has recently acknowledged a software-based delay of one second in transferring braking from the electronic regenerative system to the hydraulic brakes.  at  35 mph, that is an extra 51 feet traveled in that one second before the hydraulic brakes engage.  that 51 feet would have provided more than enough distance to avoid the collision. Until this unsafe condition is resolved, we have taken our 2010 Prius off the road.

- Gillette, NJ, USA

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