2009 TOYOTA PRIUS VIN: JTDKB20U593481103

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VIN JTDKB20U593481103 Decoding Toyota Vin Decoder

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Make

TOYOTA

Manufacturer Name

TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC

Model

PRIUS

Model Year

2009

Plant City

TSUTSUMI

Series

NHW20L

Vehicle Type

PASSENGER CAR

Plant Country

JAPAN

Plant Company Name

Toyota Motor Corp.

Plant State

AICHI

Body Class

Hatchback/Liftback/Notchback

Doors

4

Bed Type

Not Applicable

Cab Type

Not Applicable

Trailer Type Connection

Not Applicable

Trailer Body Type

Not Applicable

Drive Type

4x2

Engine Number of Cylinders

4

Displacement (CC)

1500.0

Displacement (CI)

91.53561614209

Displacement (L)

1.5

Engine Model

INZ-FXE+3CM

Engine Power (kW)

56.6732

Fuel Type - Primary

Gasoline

Engine Configuration

In-Line

Fuel Type - Secondary

Electric

Engine Brake (hp) From

76

Electrification Level

HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) - Level Unknown

Seat Belt Type

Manual

Curtain Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Front Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Side Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Type

Direct

Bus Floor Configuration Type

Not Applicable

Bus Type

Not Applicable

Custom Motorcycle Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Suspension Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Chassis Type

Not Applicable

2009 TOYOTA PRIUS Crash Test Score

0

Overall Rating

Overall Front Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side

Side Barrier

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Driver
Rear Passenger

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating 4x4
Rollover Star Rating 4x2
Rollover Risk:
0%

2009 TOYOTA PRIUS Safety Features

Seat Belts and Head Restraints

Dynamic Head Restraints Not Available
Head Restraint Not Available
Advanced Belt Feature Not Available
Adjustable Upper Belt Anchorage Not Available
Seat Belt Reminder System Driver

Air Bags

Frontal Air Bag Driver, Front Passenger
Curtain Driver, Front Passenger, Rear Seat
Torso Driver, Front Passenger
Knee Not Available
Additional Air Bags Not Available
Meets Side Air Bag Out-of-Position Requirements Yes

Child Passenger Features

LATCH Locations Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) Standard
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) locations Not Available

Complaints Assosiated with VIN JTDKB20U593481103

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

December 17, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11415024
Consumer Location: MESA, AZ
VIN: JTDKB20U593****

Summary of Complaint

IN DECEMBER OF 2018, I PULLED MY CAR UP TO A REDBOX STATION TO RETURN A MOVIE. I PUSHED THE PARK BUTTON ON MY 2009 TOYOTA PRIUS AND GOT OUT OF MY CAR TO PUT THE MOVIE INTO THE SLOT. THE CAR APPARENTLY WAS NOT IN PARK AND CONTINUED TO MOVE FORWARD (I TRIED TO CATCH IT, BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL, AND HURT MYSELF IN DOING SO) UNTIL IT SLAMMED INTO A PARKED CAR IN THE SAME PARKING LOT. MY INSURANCE LISTED IT AS AN AT-FAULT ACCIDENT AND FIXED MY CAR AND THE ONE THAT MY VEHICLE HAD HIT. (I TOLD THE ADJUSTER I KNEW THAT I HAD PUT THE CAR IN PARK) I ALSO HAD A 700.00 DEDUCTIBLE TO PAY FOR FIXING MY DAMAGED CAR. AS TIME WENT BY, THIS STARTED HAPPENING MORE AND MORE FREQUENTLY. I WOULD PUSH THE BUTTON FOR MY CAR TO GO INTO PARK MODE AND IT WOULD NOT GO INTO PARK. I WOULD HAVE TO PUT THE CAR INTO ANOTHER GEAR AND THEN IT WOULD GO INTO PARK. OTHER WEIRD THINGS WITH THE CAR WERE HAPPENING AS WELL. SOMETIMES THE CAR WOULD NOT TURN OFF AND MORE AND MORE WHEN I WOULD START THE CAR, THE DASHBOARD WOULD BE COMPLETELY BLACK. I MENTIONED TO MY MECHANIC THAT THIS WAS HAPPENING, HOWEVER, I COULD NOT MAKE IT HAPPEN WHENEVER I TOOK IT TO HIM. I DID MANAGE TO GET IT ON VIDEO THOUGH THAT IT WAS HAPPENING. I JUST RECENTLY LEARNED FROM MY MECHANIC THAT THIS HAS BEEN A SAFETY ISSUE WITH THIS CAR AND THAT IT'S A BAD COMBINATION METER. HE ALSO INFORMED ME THAT TOYOTA ONLY ALLOWED FOR 9 YEARS FROM THE DATE THE CAR WAS MANUFACTURED FOR THIS PROBLEM TO BE FIXED. HOW COME I DID NOT RECEIVE ANY NOTIFICATION THAT THIS COULD HAPPEN AND HOW DO YOU PUT A TIME LIMIT ON A SAFETY ISSUE SUCH AS THIS ONE. MY CAR DID NOT GO INTO PARK MODE AND ENDED UP SLAMMING INTO ANOTHER VEHICLE. I COULD HAVE EASILY FALLEN UNDER THE WHEELS OF THE VEHICLE AS IT KEPT ON MOVING OR IT COULD HAVE EASILY HIT ANOTHER PERSON. I AM HOPING SOMEONE CAN INVESTIGATE THIS FOR ME AND GET BACK TO ME WITH INFORMATION ON HOW I CAN GET THIS FIXED.

Components: POWER TRAIN ELECTRICAL SYSTEM ENGINE

October 06, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11144121
Consumer Location: PASADENA, CA
VIN: JTDKB20U593****

Summary of Complaint

COMPLETE SHUTDOWN OF PRIUS AUTOMOBILE WITH NO WARNING WHILE IN MOTION ON A CITY STREET. ROLLED TO A STOP IN SAFE AREA. NOTHING WORKED EXCEPT EMERGENCY BLINKERS. NO INSTRUMENTATION OR WARNING LIGHTS APPEARED. THE CAR WAS LOCKED IN FWD PARK AND COULD NOT BE TOWED BY FLATBED TOW TRUCK AS THERE IS NO OVERRIDE. LIFT TOW TRUCK WAS USED TO GET TO DEALER. DIAGNOSED AS MELTED HYBRID INVERTOR PUMP. DEALER REPLACED PUMP AND FUSE FOR A $641.47 COST TO ME. IF THIS HAD HAPPENED ON A HIGHWAY/FREEWAY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A DISASTER. THE COMPLETE LOSS OF POWER WITHOUT WARNING AT FREEWAY SPEED COULD VERY EASILY ENDED UP AS A MULTIPLE CAR PILE UP. JUST THE THOUGHT OF CROSSING MULTIPLE LANES IN TRAFFIC WITH NO POWER, JUST ROLLING, MAKES ME THINK IT'S TIME TO GET RID OF THIS CAR.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

March 01, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11079000
Consumer Location: GEORGETOWN, TX
VIN: JTDKB20U593****

Summary of Complaint

FOUR LIGHTS CAME ON: EMERGENCY BRAKE, ABS, VSC, EXCLAMATION POINT AN ALARM WILL SOUND AND THE BRAKES WILL GO OUT WHILE DRIVING IN NEIGHBORHOODS AND ON THE HIGHWAY. ABS ALSO TURNS ON WHEN CAR IS OFF.

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

July 14, 2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10762797
Consumer Location: GREENSBURG, PA
VIN: JTDKB20U593****

Summary of Complaint

RIGHT HEADLIGHT DOES NOT STAY ON. HAD THE FILAMENT CHANGED 2-3 TIMES AND STILL BURNS OUT. THIS IS NOT SAFE. CANNOT GET A GOOD ANSWER AS TO WHY THIS KEEPS HAPPENING!!!

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM EXTERIOR LIGHTING VISIBILITY/WIPER

January 30, 2013
NHTSA ID Number: 10495305
Consumer Location: REHOBOTH BEACH, DE
VIN: JTDKB20U593****

Summary of Complaint

THE HEADLIGHTS HAVE BEEN GOING OUT RANDOMLY FOR THE LAST FEW MONTHS BUT ONLY ONE AT A TIME. THIS EVENING WHILE DRIVING HOME FROM A LATE MEETING, BOTH HEADLIGHTS WENT OUT WHILE DRIVING AT 55MPH. I PULLED OFF THE HIGHWAY AND TRIED TURNING THE CAR OFF AND ON AGAIN. HEADLIGHTS WENT ON WHEN I TURNED THE CAR BACK ON, SO I RESUMED DRIVING ONLY TO HAVE THE LIGHTS GO OUT AGAIN! THIS TIME I FLICKED ON THE HIGH BEAMS AND THE LIGHTS CAME ON. I STOPPED TO GRAB A BITE TO EAT FIGURING I COULD DO THE HIGH BEAM TRICK AGAIN. WHEN I STARTED THE CAR, THE LIGHTS WENT ON AND HIGH BEAMS TURNED ON WHEN I ENGAGED THE LEVER. WHILE DRIVING HOME, LESS THAN 2 MILES FROM WHERE I STARTED THE CAR, HEADLIGHTS WENT OUT AND THE HIGH BEAMS DID NOT WORK EITHER WHEN I ATTEMPTED TO TURN THEM ON. I PULLED OVER TO TURN THE CAR OFF AND ON AGAIN BUT WITH NO LUCK THIS TIME. VERY SLOWLY DROVE THE LAST MILE HOME ON THE LESS TRAVELED ROAD WITH MY FLASHERS ON...THIS SITUATION IS INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

June 12, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10402449
Consumer Location: DURHAM, NC
VIN: JTDKB20U593****

Summary of Complaint

I WAS DRIVING MY 6-MONTH OLD 2009 PRIUS ONE SUMMER DAY ON A DRY, PAVED, SLIGHTLY DOWNWARD INCLINE WHEN THE FOLLOWING PROBLEM OCCURRED. AS I APPROACHED A TRAFFIC CIRCLE AT ABOUT 5 MPH AND THEN APPLIED THE BRAKES, MY CAR JUMPED FORWARD FOR ABOUT A SECOND AND A GOLD LIGHT ON THE DASH WAS BRIEFLY VISIBLE THROUGH MY PERIPHERAL VISION. BECAUSE I WAS FAMILIAR WITH ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEMS, I THINK THAT I KEPT MY FOOT ON THE BRAKE PEDAL, THOUGH I MAY HAVE REFLEXIVELY RELEASED IT IN MY STARTLE. AT ANY RATE THE CAR STOPPED A FEW FEET LATER. THANKFULLY THERE WAS NO COLLISION, LARGELY DUE, I BELIEVE, TO MY HABIT OF COASTING TO A STOP WHEN PRACTICAL. HOWEVER, THIS WAS A BIT UNNERVING, AND ALSO SINCE IT WAS DURING THE PERIOD OF CONCERN ABOUT TOYOTA PRIUS' UNINTENDED ACCELERATION, I MADE A POINT OF REPORTING IT TO MY CAR DEALER. I COULD NOT IDENTIFY WHICH DASH LIGHT HAD FLASHED FOR A SECOND. THE DEALER'S RESPONSE WAS THAT THERE WAS PROBABLY AN UNEVEN SURFACE ON THE ROAD THAT CAUSED THE PROBLEM. SURE ENOUGH, THERE HAD BEEN BOTH A SHALLOW POTHOLE AND A BIT OF GRAVEL WHERE THE STOPPING PROBLEM OCCURRED. HOWEVER, I TAKE ISSUE WITH TOYOTA'S BLAMING ROAD CONDITIONS FOR THIS PROBLEM WHEN CLEARLY THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE CAR CANNOT RESPOND APPROPRIATELY EVEN DURING VERY SLOW SPEEDS. THE PROBLEM HASN'T RECURRED BECAUSE I AVOIDED THE POTHOLE AFTERWARD AND NEVER HAVE TO STOP ON A DIME, POTHOLE OR NO. I HAVE HAD CARS WITH ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEMS (ABS) AND NEVER ENCOUNTERED THIS PROBLEM WITH THEM. THEREFORE, IMO TOYOTA NEEDS TO IMPROVE THE ABS OR THE (THEN NEW) STABILITY CONTROL FEATURE ON PRIUSES, BOTH OF WHICH MY CAR HAS. IN ALL OF THE HYPE ABOUT TOYOTA CARS' SUSTAINED UNINTENDED ACCELERATION, I DO NOT REMEMBER THAT THIS OTHER EVENT THAT I HAVE DESCRIBED WAS ALSO BEING ADDRESSED. HOW COME? WHERE ARE NHTSA, NASA, AND TOYOTA ON THIS? *TR

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

March 10, 2011
NHTSA ID Number: 10392798
Consumer Location: HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
VIN: JTDKB20U593****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2009 TOYOTA PRIUS HYBRID EQUIPPED WITH AN AFTERMARKET 10KW KIT. THE CONTACT WAS DRIVING 10 MPH WITH THE 10KW PLUGGED IN WHEN IT CAUGHT ON FIRE CAUSING THE STANDARD HYBRID VEHICLE TO BECOME AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE. THE ELECTRICAL WIRING CAUGHT ON FIRE WHICH WAS LOCATED IN THE REAR PASSENGER SIDE OF THE VEHICLE NEAR THE TAIL LIGHT. THE FIRE WAS EXTINGUISHED BY THE CONTACT AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS CALLED BUT THE FIRE HAD BEEN EXTINGUISHED BY THE TIME THEY ARRIVED. A FIRE REPORT WAS NOT FILED AND THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO A MECHANIC SHOP WHO WAS UNABLE TO REPAIR THE VEHICLE. AN AUTHORIZED DEALER WAS THEN CONTACTED AND THEY STATED THAT BECAUSE THE 10KW WAS AN AFTER MARKET PART, THEY WOULD NOT PROVIDE ANY ASSISTANCE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS CONTACTED AND OFFERED NO ASSISTANCE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 33,126.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

December 01, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10352292
Consumer Location: BILLINGS, MT
VIN: JTDKB20U593****

Summary of Complaint

2009 TOYOTA PRIUS. WHEN BRAKING THE BRAKES WOULD DISENGAGE TEMPORARILY CAUSING THE CAR TO GO FASTER. I HAVE COME REAL CLOSE TO REAR ENDING THE CAR IN FRONT OF ME DURING ADVERSE ROAD CONDITIONS. I HAVE DRIVEN FOR 35 YEARS IN SNOW AND SLICK CONDITIONS AND I KNOW WHEN A CAR ISN'T BRAKING RIGHT. I ALWAYS MAINTAIN A SAVE DISTANCE AND THIS IS THE ONLY CAR THAT HAS DONE THIS. THIS SCARIER PART IS THAT THIS HAPPENS EVERY TIME WHEN BRAKING IF THE ROAD IS AT ALL SLICK. I TOOK IT TO MY LOCAL DEALER TO GET IT CHECKED. AFTER TREATING ME LIKE A TOTAL MORON ACCUSING ME OF NOT KNOWING HOW TO DRIVE THEY SAID THEY DID DO A THOROUGH RUN THROUGH AND DIDN'T FIND ANY PROBLEMS. *TR

Components: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

January 05, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10312640
Consumer Location: LIVINGSTON, TX
VIN: JTDKB20U593****

Summary of Complaint

I HAVE HAD MORE THAN 10 OCCASIONS OF BRAKING PROBLEMS WITH MY 2009 PRIUS. MOST RECENTLY, IN JANUARY 2010, BUT ALSO PRIOR TO THAT. AFTER THE LAST PROBLEM, I CALLED THE LOCAL DEALERSHIP TO SEE IF A BRAKE RECALL EXISTED BUT WAS TOLD "NO" ONLY RECALL FOR FLOORMATS ON MY MODEL. THE ISSUE HAS OCCURRED ON PAVEMENT AND GRAVEL ROAD, IN SCHOOL ZONE, TRAVELING AT LESS THAN 20 MPH. WHEN SLOWLY PULLING UP TO STOP SIGN AND APPLYING EVEN BREAK PRESSURE THE CAR WILL SUDDENLY COME TO A JOLTING STOP BEFORE THE ANTICIPATED STOP. ALL THE KIDS IN THE CAR LOOK AT ME LIKE I'M CRAZY FOR MAKING THEIR HEADS SUDDENLY HIT THE BACK OF THE SEAT. FORTUNATELY, NO ONE HAS BEEN DRIVING CLOSELY BEHIND ME DURING THESE ABRUPT STOPS. I AM VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE FEEL OF THIS VEHICLE, AS THIS IS MY 3RD PRIUS AND I DRIVE MANY MILES. *TR

Components: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC

January 27, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10305201
Consumer Location: COLUMBIA, MO
VIN: JTDKB20U593****

Summary of Complaint

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 2009 TOYOTA PRIUS. WHILE THE CONTACT WAS DRIVING 50 MPH HE ATTEMPTED TO STOP THE VEHICLE AND NOTICED THAT THE BRAKES WERE TAKING LONGER THAN USUAL TO STOP THE VEHICLE. THE CONTACT ALSO NOTICED THAT THE VEHICLE LUNGED FORWARD BEFORE COMING TO A COMPLETE STOP. THE VEHICLE WAS DIAGNOSED BY THE DEALER WHO STATED THAT THE FAILURE COULD NOT BE REPRODUCED. THERE WERE NO PRIOR WARNINGS. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGES WERE 9500.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

January 22, 2010
NHTSA ID Number: 10305768
Consumer Location: HONOLULU, HI
VIN: JTDKB20U593****

Summary of Complaint

WHEN BRAKING ON ROUGH ROAD, LIKE WHEN YOU HIT A SMALL POTHOLE, OUR 2009 TOYOTA PRIUS HANDLES IMPROPERLY. THE "SLIP INDICATOR" LIGHT FLASHES. IT BRIEFLY FEELS LIKE THERE IS A LOSS OF CONTROL. *TR

Components: SERVICE BRAKES, ELECTRIC

June 18, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10304951
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: JTDKB20U593****

Summary of Complaint

WAITING FOR MY HUSBAND AT HIS MOTHER'S ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE, I PUT MY 2009 PRIUS IN PARK MODE. DECIDING TO RETURN TO THE BLDG ENTRANCE, I PUT THE CAR IN REVERSE (OUT OF PARKING MODE) AND LET IT GO AT ITS OWN SPEED. MY FOOT NEVER TOUCHED THE ACCELERATOR. I WAS ABOUT TO TURN THE WHEEL TO REENTER THE ENTRANCE AREA, WHEN THE CAR STARTED TO ACCELERATE. I QUICKLY PUT MY FOOT ON THE BRAKE BUT THE BRAKES DIDN'T WORK. I THEN SAW A WOMAN IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR, ABOUT A FOOT FROM ME STANDING ON THE CURB IN FRONT OF THE BLDG'S GLASS FAADE. I TURNED THE WHEEL JUST MISSING HER AS WELL AS THE BLDG. FRANTICALLY PRESSING THE BRAKES WHILE THE CAR CONTINUED ACCELERATING MORE, I ALMOST WENT ON TO A BUSY ST. ACROSS FROM A MALL. SOMEHOW I SAVED MYSELF & OTHERS BY TURNING THE STEERING WHEEL TO THE RT, REENTERING THE PROPERTY VIA A CURB CUT FOR WHEELCHAIRS, ETC. I MISSED HITTING A POLE BUT RAN OVER 2 TREES, WHICH THE CAR SEVERED & WHICH ABRUPTLY STOPPED THE CAR, JUST BEFORE HITTING A BRICK WALL. THIS ALL HAPPENED AT NIGHT, IN THE DARK, IN REVERSE.THE POLICEMAN & THE TOW TRUCK OPERATOR WERE INCREDULOUS HOW THE CAR GOT INTO THAT SPACE. IT WAS TOWED TO A NEARBY TOYOTA DEALER, WHERE THE BRAKES WERE PRONOUNCED "PERFECT". SO MY HUSBAND INSISTED I BE CHECKED OUT. WHILE RELATING THE INCIDENT TO THE DOCTOR, THE DR. GOOGLED "PRIUS BRAKE/ACCELERATION PROBLEMS" & FOUND MANY & PRINTED 1 OF A 2009 PRIUS WHERE THE DRIVER ENCOUNTERED 3 SUCH OCCURRENCES "DUE TO A COMBINATION OF MYSTERIOUS ACCELERATION AND LOSS OF BRAKES". THE DR. WAS CERTAIN I WAS THE 'VICTIM", BUT SUGGESTED I HAVE AN MRI "TO BE SURE"--WHICH I DID & I'M FINE. THAT I WAS IN CONTROL IN A TOTALLY UNCONTROLLABLE SITUATION AT NIGHT WITH A CAR IN REVERSE, WHERE I ALMOST KILLED SOMEONE & POSSIBLY KILLED OR HURT OTHERS, INCLUDING MYSELF, AND DONE CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE ALONG THE WAY IS A MIRACLE AND THE CULPRIT, I'M CONVINCED, IS/WAS A "GLITCH" IN THE CAR'S COMPUTER. *TR

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

April 13, 2022
NHTSA ID Number: 11466997
Consumer Location: BATON ROUGE, LA
VIN: JTDKB20U497****

Summary of Complaint

Brakes or not working fully brake peddle is hard to press 2009 toyota prius YouTube says it is the brake actuator

Components: STRUCTURE

February 01, 2022
NHTSA ID Number: 11452047
Consumer Location: SCHAUMBURG, IL
VIN: Jtdkb20u893****

Summary of Complaint

Over the years the rubber handle which needs to be pressed in in order to open the trunk has disintegrated. Now it’s at the point where the assembly under the rubber handle is exposed. It is getting harder and harder to open. I need to be able to get into the truck to get to my spare tire and road hazard equipment. I can’t get a picture s8nce it’s too close to the body and covered by the overhanging trunk lid. It’s about $500 to fix. But I rarely use that handle, so it certainly was never abused. Just a very bad design.

Components: POWER TRAIN ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

December 21, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11445914
Consumer Location: KINGSHILL, VI
VIN: JTDKB20U697****

Summary of Complaint

The car stopped moving while I was driving. The engine is functional but it will not engage the drivetrain. The dashboard lights up intermittently. Most of the time the dash is dark. The local Toyota dealer will not take this car into the service department since it is over 10 years old and the dealer has not done all the regular servicings of the car. So I can not drive it.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

January 10, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11439079
Consumer Location: LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ
VIN: JTDKB20U993****

Summary of Complaint

The contacts neighbor owns a 2009 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while operating the vehicle, the instrument panel lights would turn off and no instrumentation could be accessed or read. The failure was intermittent, and finally got it to shut off after trying many different things. Consumer had a hard time turning off the car. The cause of the failure was not determined but the contact was informed that a manufacturer’s extended service which addressed the failure was available from the manufacturer. The manufacturer was contacted but no assistance was offered. The local dealer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 215,000.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

October 09, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11433088
Consumer Location: TRUMANN, AR
VIN: Jtdkb20ux93****

Summary of Complaint

I was exiting the highway and had no brakes, the pedal felt hard but wouldn’t slow the vehicle at all. In a panic I attempted to pump the brakes and by the grace of God was able to finally stop before plunging into something. The lights came on on the dash with a triangle and exclamation mark and a horrible continuous beeping noise started. I looked up the problem and found out this is a known problem with the Prius and there was even an extended warranty that ended in 2017 for the cause of the problem which is the brake actuator. Toyota quotes the repair at 2500-3000. So if it goes out after 2017 the cost is on you. This repair is necessary due to the huge safety concern!! Lives at risk because Toyota refuses to accept responsibility.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

June 01, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11430948
Consumer Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL
VIN: jtdkb20u697****

Summary of Complaint

The brake actuator is failing in my 2009 Prius Touring. This is confirmed by the dealership. Brakes work intermittently when reversing and are slowly becoming non-responsive during normal driving. This creates an unsafe situation for me and my son as drivers, as well as others on the road. The brake light and ABS light is on in the car. Toyota needs to cover this repair regardless of the year of the vehicle. Service code given by the dealership is C1391.

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

February 01, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11429147
Consumer Location: ANAHEIM, CA
VIN: JTDKB20U697****

Summary of Complaint

Headlights intermittently go off, and I wound have to switch it off and on for light to come back on, but for few minutes until it does it again, and I drive Uber at night. I have searched the problem online, it seems to be a common problem on the second generation Prius from 04-09, I called few repair shops and they acknowledged the problem but did not have an answer to solve it.

Components: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL UNKNOWN OR OTHER SERVICE BRAKES

August 06, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11428897
Consumer Location: SHERMAN OAKS, CA
VIN: JTDKB20U097****

Summary of Complaint

I went to park in a parallel space when all of a sudden my ABS, (!), VSC light come on with the loss of brake power and a loud beeping noise. With this sudden loss of brakes in the middle of driving, I could have harmed myself and others in any cars around me because I also lost steering capability. This is a problem that there was an extended warranty for, but there should be a recall. My car is a 2009 and was only covered before the pandemic and now it is 2021 and I have no recourse, but to try and fork over $3500.00 for which I don't have. I am a second owner and this is a very common problem amongst Prius owners. I didn't have any other symptoms that I could point out prior to this situation. I have had my hybrid battery, engine, ecu and most recently a stolen catalytic converter replaced. This ABS actuator problem needs to be addressed for another 5 years with a free repair. I would hate to have hit some other car and had my car smash into a wall, another car, pedestrian, pole or any other object based on it's ability not to stop.

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

July 07, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11423727
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: JTDKB20U693****

Summary of Complaint

My 2017 Prius is having headlight failure. I was told by my neighbor that my headlight was out. I bought a new one and went to replace it but they were both working. Thought it was a defective bulb so waited to replace it. I check both headlights when I come to a stop behind a car so I can check the reflection of the headlights. Sometimes they are both on sometimes only one is on, Occasionally both are OUT. What I have noticed is when I turn on the car, immediately the headlights are bright,(not high beam) and immediately go dim. This acts like a bad contact or high resistance somewhere in the circuit. The headlights going on and off seems to be a circuit breaker of some kind. Fortunately I don't drive much at night, however I am having to drive more at night and the possibly of the headlights both failing is TERRIFYING. I started to research the problem and it seams I am not the only person having the problem. The internet is full of other people having the same problem. It seems that nothing is being done about it. I am hoping that Toyota is NOT deciding to just let the people kill themselves because it will be nearly impossible to prove that the headlights were out at the time of the accident so they will not have to pay a lawsuit and not have to fix a recall problems. I am 74 years old and been an auto mechanic all my life so I know about automobiles and wiring. I doubt that anything will be done, and wonder how many people have been killed because no one will dig deep enough into the problem to find the problem and fix it.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM ENGINE FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

June 15, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11421092
Consumer Location: ARLINGTON, VA
VIN: JTDKB20U997****

Summary of Complaint

My 2009 Toyota Prius abruptly lost power while driving. The electrical system turned off and the vehicle stalled while going 50 mph on a 2-lane parkway. While I was able to put my hazard lights on and steer the vehicle, I had no other control and was at a high risk of a crash. There's no emergency lane and few areas wide enough to pull over on the parkway. I was forced to coast the vehicle until I could pull off the parkway onto a patch of grass off the busy road. There were no warnings, messages, or other symptoms of the problems prior to failure. I had plenty of gasoline in the tank, so it wasn't due to a lack of fuel. The car would not start after pulling over and I had to get towed. After researching the issue, it sounds very similar to the safety recall involving certain 2013-2015 Model Year Prius and 2014 – 2017 Model Year Prius v in the United States, the press release for which was published on June 24 2020: https://tinyurl.com/4mrnz9nr Furthermore, the Los Angeles Times wrote an article on April 23 2018 about a similar issue, referring to a recall in 2014 which was intended to fix overheating problems in the 2010-204 Prius inverter. Those recall documents suggest that Toyota has been tracking this issue with the inverter since 2011. https://tinyurl.com/afwvt2sc A sudden power loss is generally considered a serious safety defect. I could have gotten into a serious car accident today and injured myself or other drivers. The 2009 Toyota Prius model had a recall issued on recall date: 11/14/2012 under NHTSA Campaign ID: 12V536000, referring to a "short circuit between coil wires and a possible open fuse, creating a stall-like condition of the hybrid system while the vehicle is being driven. This may increase the risk of a vehicle crash." At this time, I don't believe Toyota has conducted due diligence into ensuring the safety of the 2009 Toyota Prius model. The vehicle has not yet been inspected by the manufacturer or insurance reps.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

March 16, 2021
NHTSA ID Number: 11403429
Consumer Location: MACOMB, MI
VIN: JTDKB20U097****

Summary of Complaint

I PURCHASED A 2009 TOYOTA PRIUS WITH 109,000 MILES, I HAVE ONLY BEEN DRIVING IT TWO MONTHS AND THE BRAKE ACTUATOR IS GOING BAD! TOYOTA HAD A RECALL AND PROVIDED A FREE OF CHARGE FIX BUT ONLY UP UNTIL 2017 I BELIEVE. THEY SHOULD PAY FOR ANY FAULTY ACTUATORS UNDER 150,000 MILES ON THE VEHICLE BECAUSE THAT IS THE MILEAGE THEY WARRANTY THEIR HYBRID BATTERIES FOR. DRIVING MY VEHICLE I COULD STOP AND ALMOST GOT INTO AN ACCIDENT BECAUSE OF THIS FAILING SYSTEM! I COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED. I WAS DRIVING IN THE CITY AND LOST ALL POWER IN MY BRAKES.

Components: FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

November 01, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11397207
Consumer Location: HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CA
VIN: JTDKB200097****

Summary of Complaint

CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

May 19, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11374529
Consumer Location: PITTSBURGH, PA
VIN: JTDKB20U193****

Summary of Complaint

MY 2009 PRIUS WITH 96425 MILES AS OF 10/29/20 HAS THE COMMON PROBLEM KNOWN AS FAILURE OF THE BRAKE ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY. I HAVE THE BRAKE, ABS, AND VSC WARNING LIGHTS INDICATING FAILURE OF THE BRAKE ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY. MY MILEAGE IS REDUCED BY 25%, AND THE BRAKE ROTORS ARE VERY HOT AFTER DRIVING THE VEHICLE. TOYOTA ISSUED A ZG1 WARRANTY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM TO COVER THE COST FOR REPLACEMENT OF FAULTY BRAKE ACTUATOR ASSEMBLIES, BUT MY VEHICLE IS BEYOND THE LIMITS OF THE ZG1 PROGRAM. SINCE THIS IS A KNOWN PROBLEM, IT IS MY OPINION THAT TOYOTA IS RESPONSIBLE TO CORRECT THE SITUATION. TOYOTA WILL NOT ASSIST ME IN RESOLVING THIS DANGEROUS SITUATION, AND THIS IS WHY I AM BRINGING THIS MATTER TO YOUR ATTENTION. IT IS AN EXPENSIVE REPAIR, THIS IS A KNOWN PROBLEM WITH THE BRAKE ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY, AND POTENTIALLY COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS (EVEN FATAL) SITUATIONS.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM ENGINE

October 16, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11365178
Consumer Location: CEDAR PARK, TX
VIN: JTDKB20U893****

Summary of Complaint

WE HAVE A 2009 PRIUS WHICH STALLED ON THE FREEWAY AS MY HUSBAND WAS DRIVING IT YESTERDAY (10/16/2020). LUCKILY, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A BUSY AUSTIN FREEWAY, MY HUSBAND WAS ABLE TO MANEUVER IT TO THE SHOULDER AND CALL AAA TO TOW THE CAR TO THE SERVICE STATION. ON INSPECTION, WE WERE TOLD THAT THE REASON FOR THE STALL WAS THE FAILURE OF THE INVERTER DRIVE PUMP ALONG WITH THE 12V BATTERY ON BOARD. THIS CAR WAS PART OF THE RECALL FOR THE INVERTER DRIVE PUMP AND THAT WAS REPLACED BY AN AUTHORIZED TOYOTA SERVICE CENTER IN 2013 FOR A SIMILAR ISSUE. ON THE OCT 16TH, 2020, THERE WERE NO WARNING LIGHTS - NO ENGINE CHECK LIGHT AND NOT EVEN THE 'MAINTENANCE REQUIRED' LIGHT - THE CAR TURNED ON JUST FINE, MY HUSBAND WAS ABLE TO DRIVE IT 5 MILES TO THE FREEWAY, GET ON THE FREEWAY AT 60 MPH AND DRIVE A FEW MILES ON IT BEFORE LOSING ALL POWER IN THE CAR. THE SERVICE TECH INFORMS US THAT THE INVERTER PUMP CAN BREAK DOWN DUE TO JUST REGULAR DRIVING - BUT THERE WAS ZERO INDICATION THAT THIS UNIT, WHICH APPARENTLY IS CRUCIAL TO THE CAR WHILE BEING DRIVEN, WAS IN ANY DANGER OF IMMINENT FAILURE. I DO NOT KNOW IF THIS PART IS EXAMINED OR SERVICED AS PART OF REGULAR MAINTENANCE, BUT NO WARNINGS WERE RAISED WHEN THIS CAR WAS LAST SERVICED, AT AN AUTHORIZED TOYOTA SERVICE STATION IN DEC OF 2019.

Components: STRUCTURE

October 10, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11363777
Consumer Location: ROSEVILLE, CA
VIN: JTDKB20U393****

Summary of Complaint

THE BACK LATCH OF MY GRANDDAUGHTERS 09 TOYOTA PRIUS HAS DEGRADED ("MELTED" ALMOST). IT NO LONGER FUNCTIONS PROPERLY, AND WE ARE UNABLE TO OPEN THE BACK HATCH DOOR EASILY. SOMETIMES IT REQUIRES CONSIDERABLE EFFORT AND PERSEVERANCE TO GET IT OPEN. I AM CONCERNED THAT IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, SHE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET THE DOOR OPEN. THIS IS A MAJOR CAUSE FOR CONCERN AND IT IS A SERIOUS SAFETY HAZARD. IT IS NECESSARY TO GET TO THE SPARE TIRE, MAYBE EVEN GET OUT OF THE TRUNK IN CASE OF A FIRE OR OTHER REASON. IT IS A BLACK, GOOEY MESS. SHE FIRST NOTICED IT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, BUT I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT IT AND I AM OBVIOUSLY CONCERNED ABOUT HER SAFETY.

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

November 30, 2018
NHTSA ID Number: 11351768
Consumer Location: WESTFIELD, MA
VIN: JTDKB20U797****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2009 TOYOTA PRIUS. THE CONTACT STATED THAT AFTER STARTING THE VEHICLE, THE DRIVER SIDE LOW BEAM HEADLIGHT FAILED TO ILLUMINATE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE LOCAL DEALER MOOR AUTOMOTIVE LOCATED AT 1246 HARTFORD TURNPIKE, VERNON, CT 06066, WHO REPLACED THE DRIVER'S AND PASSENGER'S SIDE HEADLIGHT BULBS. THE CONTACT STATED THAT APPROXIMATELY 8 MONTHS LATER THE PASSENGER'S SIDE LIGHT BULB FAILED. BOTH BULBS WERE REPLACED AT DAYTONA BEACH TOYOTA LOCATED AT 451 N NOVA RD, DAYTONA BEACH, FL 32114. THE FAILURE RECURRED FOR A 3RD TIME AND WAS REPLACED BY AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 75,667.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

August 24, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11351264
Consumer Location: EL PASO, TX
VIN: JTDKB20U893****

Summary of Complaint

THE AM2 FUSE RANDOMLY SHORTED, AND WHEN REPLACED KEEPS SHORTING, AS CONSISTENT WITH THE PREVIOUS RECALL FOR THE 2ND GENERATION TOYOTA PRIUS' INVERTER COOLANT PUMP.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

July 23, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11341287
Consumer Location: CORONA, CA
VIN: JTDKB20U493****

Summary of Complaint

I WAS DRIVING WHEN THE ABS, BRAKE SYSTEM, AND PARKING BRAKE LIGHT TURNED ON. THE BRAKES BECAME VERY MUSHY, I WAS TRYING TO STOP, AND I COULD HEAR THE BRAKE ACTUATOR MOTOR BUZZING AND MAKING A GROANING NOISE.

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

February 01, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11331570
Consumer Location: WICHITA, KS
VIN: JTDKB20U493****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2009 TOYOTA PRIUS. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE MEDIA HOME SCREEN FAILED TO FUNCTION AS DESIGNED DUE TO FREQUENT GLITCHES. SEVERAL OTHER ELECTRICAL FEATURES WERE ALSO INOPERABLE INCLUDING THE BACK CAMERA DUE TO THE FAILURE. THE CONTACT CALLED EDDY'S TOYOTA OF WICHITA (7333 E. KELLOGG DR, WICHITA, KS 67207, (316) 652-2222) WHERE HE WAS INFORMED THAT THE HOME SCREEN NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE CONTACT WAS INFORMED THAT REPLACING THE MEDIA HOME SCREEN MAY NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE FAILURE WOULD NOT RECUR. THE CONTACT ATTEMPTED TO CONTACT THE MANUFACTURER VIA EMAIL HOWEVER, A RETURN RESPONSE WAS NOT RECEIVED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 170,000.

Components: UNKNOWN OR OTHER

January 04, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11330767
Consumer Location: TEWKSBURY, MA
VIN: JTDKB20U693****

Summary of Complaint

SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENTS. *TR

Components: POWER TRAIN

April 10, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11320816
Consumer Location: PETALUMA, CA
VIN: JTDKB20U393****

Summary of Complaint

DRIVING VEHICLE ON A CITY STREET IN DRIVE GEAR AND IT SLIPPED OUT OF DRIVE INTO NEUTRAL WITHOUT WARNING. TRIED TO PUT IT BACK IN DRIVE (AS I WAS ON THE ROAD) BUT EVERY TIME I SWITCHED GEARS BACK TO DRIVE AND RELEASED THE GEAR SHIFTER IT WOULD IMMEDIATELY POP BACK INTO NEUTRAL. I PARKED & TURNED THE CAR OFF, WAITED AND THEN TURNED IT BACK ON AGAIN. IT SEEMED TO BE OKAY SO I GOT ON THE FREEWAY HOME AND AFTER I MERGED INTO TRAFFIC THE SAME PROBLEM HAPPENED (BUT WHILE I WAS DRIVING AT A MUCH FASTER SPEED). I HAD TO HOLD THE GEAR SHIFT DOWN IN DRIVE THE ENTIRE RIDE HOME (WITH MY ONE YEAR OLD IN THE CAR). I GOT HOME AND AFTER I PARKED AND LET THE CAR SIT I WENT BACK OUT AND TRIED THE CAR AGAIN AND IT HAPPENED AGAIN. I CHECKED AND THE SAME PROBLEM HAPPENED IN REVERSE (IT WON'T STAY IN REVERSE, IT JUST POPS BACK INTO NEUTRAL).

Components: ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL SERVICE BRAKES

February 07, 2020
NHTSA ID Number: 11307887
Consumer Location: ACTON, CA
VIN: JTDKB20U893****

Summary of Complaint

UPON STARTING THE VEHICLE IT MAKES A HIGH-PITCHED BEEP, FOLLOWED BY A BUZZING SOUND THAT REPEATS EVERY FIVE TO EIGHT SECONDS. THE DASHBOARD DISPLAYS THE TPS, ABS, VSC, AND BRAKE LIGHTS. WHEN PUTTING THE VEHICLE IN DRIVE, THE HIGH-PITCH SOUND RETURNS FOR ONE TO TWO MINUTES. DURING THAT TIME THE BRAKE PEDAL BECOMES IMPOSSIBLE TO DEPRESS. IF THE ENGAGED, THE VEHICLE DOES NOT STOP UNTIL THE BRAKE PRESSURE RETURNS. ONCE THE SOUND STOPS, THE BRAKE PRESSURE RETURNS TO NORMAL. DIAGNOSIS FROM TOYOTA SHOWS: CODE C1256 = ACCUMULATOR LOW PRESSURE. CODE C1391 ABNORMAL LEAK OF ACCUMULATOR PRESSURE. ESTIMATE FOR REPAIRS = $2,811.72. AT PRESENT THE VEHICLE IS UNSAFE TO OPERATE AS TOYOTA ADVISED, IN THE VEHICLE'S CURRENT CONDITION THE BRAKE SYSTEM COULD FAIL AT ANY TIME.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

December 20, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11296679
Consumer Location: MANORVILLE, NY
VIN: JTDKB20UX93****

Summary of Complaint

BRAKE ACTUATOR MALFUNCTIONED AND CAUSED ME TO HIT A PARKED CAR IN MY DRIVEWAY (BACKING UP). EVEN THOUGH I HAVE LESS THAN 130K MILES ON MY VEHICLE, IT IS A YEAR AFTER THE EXTENDED WARRANTY I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THE $3K REPAIR. THE NEGLIGENCE BY TOYOTA IN HANDLING THIS RECALL IS TERRIBLE AND LIFE THREATENING. THERE SHOULD BE A CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST TOYOTA FOR THE HUNDREDS OF INJURIES AND DAMAGES BY THEIR NEGLIGENCE.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

December 28, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11292275
Consumer Location: RICHMOND, TX
VIN: JTDKB20U893****

Summary of Complaint

MY CAR'S BRAKE ACTUATOR FAILED WHILE I WAS ON HIGHWAY. GLADLY NOTHING DANGEROUS HAPPENED BUT I AM CONCERNED OTHERS WILL FACE THE SIMILAR SITUATION WITH WORST SCENARIO. TOYOTA TOLD ME THE WARRANTY EXPIRED AND QUOTED ME $2600. PLEASE ASK TOYOTA TO EXTEND THE WARRANTY.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

April 01, 1999
NHTSA ID Number: 11291021
Consumer Location: SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL
VIN: JTDKB20U397****

Summary of Complaint

BRAKE WARNING LIGHT WENT ON THE DASH. BROUGHT THE CAR IN AND DEALERSHIP SAID IT WAS A BAD BRAKE ACTUATOR. SAID IT WOULD COST ALMOST $3000 TO REPAIR AND SAID THAT THERE WAS A EXTENDED WARRANTY ON THE PART THAT EXPIRED. IF NOTHING SCREAMS OF A RECALL AS A PROBLEM WITH BRAKES, I DON' KNOW WHAT WOULD.

Components: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

December 10, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11289097
Consumer Location: SACRAMENTO, CA
VIN: JTDKB20U193****

Summary of Complaint

HEADLIGHTS GO OUT AFTER A FEW DAYS.. REPLACED OVER 8 BULBS. CHECKED CONNECTORS, CHECKED WIRING.. NO PROBLEM FOUND AND THE PROBLEM STILL EXIST.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

November 26, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11283023
Consumer Location: SAN ANTONIO, TX
VIN: JTDKB20U893****

Summary of Complaint

FAILING BRAKE ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY THAT TOYOTA KNEW WAS DEFECTIVE. THEY EXTENDED WARRANTY THROUGH 2017, BUT THE ISSUE HAPPENS AROUND 200,000 MILES. NOW THAT THE EXTENDED WARRANTY HAS EXPIRED TOYOTA IS CHARGING $2300 TO REPLACE THIS KNOWN AND DEFECTIVE PART.

Components: SERVICE BRAKES

November 25, 2019
NHTSA ID Number: 11282542
Consumer Location: LAS VEGAS, NV
VIN: JTDKB20U697****

Summary of Complaint

BRAKE PRESSURE LOSS AND CONSTANT NOISE FROM THE BRAKE ACTUATOR, READ CODES C1256 AND C1391

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