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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,894 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.

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2013 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 222016


  • 23,000 miles


The sunroof spontaneously broke while the vehicle was in motion. The location of incident was in western Nevada where terrain is flat and no other vehicles were in sight either in front or behind.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #5

Jul 162013


  • 5,000 miles
There is a severe diffraction effect through windshield. Bright lights are tripled. For example one below and one above the brake light or traffic signal light. It is very distracting, and very tiring after 20-30mins of driving especially at night. But happens all the time (even for oncoming headlights).

- Los Altos, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 112013


  • 300 miles
I am seeing multiple light images above and below the original light. For instance, if I see a red light, I see one ghost image above, and one ghost image below. As I get closer to the light source, the images converge. Any light source at night appears to have this ghosting effect at distances 25' +. it can be very blinding when several cars in front hit their brakes. It is also blinding from the headlights of cars traveling on the opposite side of the road. I determined it was the windshield after riding in another vehicle at night, and did not have any vision issues. The next time I drove the Prius at night and experienced the ghosting, I looked at the same objects from the outside of the vehicle, and they were clear.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 102013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 800 miles


There is a severe diffraction effect through the laminated windshield. Bright lights are tripled. This is likely caused by defective plastic layer between the glass. It is very distracting, especially at night.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #2

Jul 032013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 165 miles
While driving at night I notice that on-coming lights (both from on-coming cars and traffic lights) are distorted so that there is a triple image, with duplicate images both above and below the actual light source. These duplicate images get closer and closer to the original light source as the vehicle gets closer to the light source.

- Stillwater, OK, USA

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problem #1

Apr 032013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 100 miles
Purchased 2013 Toyota Prius new, when driving at night there is a ghost or prism effect through the front windshield. This is especially noticeable with the headlights of other vehicles, they are doubled or tripled stacked on top of the one headlight. Also very noticeable with oncoming traffic headlights and tail lights. Traffic signals, especially the red stop light and the green go light, there will be one light with a ghost image above and below. This is very distracting, creates hazardous conditions while driving the vehicle and makes it hard to estimate distances and after a period of time (5-10 minutes) becomes a strain on the eyes.

- Arlington, TX, USA

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