really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,027 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 202010


  • miles


2007 Toyota Prius tailgate latch rubber has degraded and effectively melted to where the latch fails to work most of the time, and deposits rubber goo residue when contacting the latch. The part is clearly defective as indications of the problem started within 3 years of purchase. Clearly should be a recall or replacement via Toyota. If not labor, at least cost of new part.

- Ga, GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 102013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 123,109 miles
Tail gate lifters failed to completely lift the tail gate. Not noticing the tail gate was slightly lower than normal, the driver, while standing on the ground to remove groceries from the back, leaned into back of vehicle and struck the top of her head on the tail gate, sustaining a concussion. Symptoms included nausea, headaches and difficulty concentrating, leaving her unable to complete her normal tasks for the day. The symptoms lasted 2 days. Driver's husband came out and immediately confirmed that tailgate had failed to open completely and he determined it was no longer opening completely, representing a partial but dangerous failure of the lifting mechanism. The time was approximately 4 pm; the temperature was approximately 48 degrees. What makes it particularly dangerous and pernicious is that the mechanism that used to open the tail gate all the way up, providing ample head clearance, was now leaving the tail gate open but with reduced headroom. The mechanism that used to provide sufficient head clearance so one could stand behind the vehicle and lean into the rear was now only partially opening the tail gate, to a point low enough to cause a concussion but not low enough to be noticeable. The change from having ample headroom to not having enough headroom created a trap.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #2

May 012012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The tailgate switch had a rubber cover that is melting and become nonfunctional at times. According to Toyota service department, this is a common problem on many Prius. The breakdown starts after warranty runs out in many cars.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 052011


  • miles
2007 Toyota Prius - tailgate switch melted and makes opening the tailgate difficult and messy.

- Southlake, TX, USA

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