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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,851 miles

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2012 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 032013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 9,851 miles


Upon starting the engine and engaging the air conditioning of my 2012 Toyota Prius with 10,000 miles, a strong foul smelling air comes from the A/C vents. At the 10,000 mile servicing, the Toyota service manager stated this smell is typical to some Toyota. A Toyota technical assistance was performed. The report stated "no repairs needed at this time vehicle is operating as per designed. I know of no vehicle design that would stream foul air from the A/C vents of a new car. My safety concern is with the contaminants creating the foul smell and how long can a human continue to breathe these contaminants before becoming ill with respiratory problems.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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