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Prius Safety & Crash Test Ratings



  • I have a 2006 Prius. A I recall, I noticed a slight burning smell when the car was new. I can't recall if it was someone at the dealership, or if it was this forum, but I learned that the culprit may have been the stuff they spray on the engine block to protect it from the effects of salt air during shipment.

    Anyway, the smell went away after a couple of months.
  • galtguygaltguy Posts: 2
    hi my camry hybrid cought on fire in october of 07
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    can you give us more details please? Pictures? News stories?

    Was it one of these kind of fires maybe?

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  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    With all the jokes about having a car fire.... My brother had a lease on a Camry, late one night he hit a piece of angle iron in the road. Sliced his rear tire, bounced up and hit his gas tank somehow. He pulled into a parking garage only to find the flat tire was the least of his worries. He didn't have his cell phone, so he ran down the street to call from a 7-11. The fire trucks beat him back to his vehicle. It was a total loss. The parking structure had security cameras which showed him driving into the garage with his Camry on fire. To make a long story short. The insurance company claimed arson, Toyota took him to court and he wound up paying for the Camry himself. On top of that there were crimminal charges to fight.

    There are these new Toyota adds where people are totalling their current vehicles to get into a Toyota....

    There must be people who actually do this. Because the police, insurance and auto makers will come after you, even if it is not really your fault. So if you have this in mind or it happens to you by accident, you better have the same lawyers OJ had. It will certainly cost you more than the actual value of the car.

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  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    Not to diminish your Camry fire in the least, but as my posts have shown, lots of Camrys and many other types of cars catch fire mysteriously.

    There is nothing inherent to a Camry Hybrid which makes it more flammable than any other Camry.

    Toyota has more than a million hybrids on world roads, and if there was something unusually flammable about their design, we would know it by now.

    Anecdotal reports of maybe three to six hybrid fires does not serve as proof that there is a problem.

    Maybe if we had hundreds of them flaming in garages, yes. But search long and hard on Google to find any hybrids which mysteriously caught on fire and it's not easy to find anything.
  • jenniferljenniferl Posts: 2
    My daughter was in a collision this week. She was behind an Escalade moving through an intersection when the driver slammed on her brakes. My daughter was unable to stop in time and slammed into the back of the Escalade. Her hood was smashed back on itself, the winshield cracked, drivers door wouldn't open, and the engine was damaged. No airbags deployed at all, none!!! According to Toyota Corp. the bumper must be hit full on in order for the airbags to deploy. Since the bumper was lower than the SUV bumper it was not impacted. Everyone had their safety belts on, and yet she still hit the steeering wheel and sustained a chest and neck injury, The safety belt did not lock! Just want all of you out there to know about this issue.
  • whitey9whitey9 Posts: 138
    You mean like a bombadier's release switch? Nah! You're a grownup, act/drive responsibly.
  • whitey9whitey9 Posts: 138
    Get those "too tall" Escalades off the road. They are a hazard to cars and pedestrians alike. Too big AND thirsty.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 4,098
    "Get those "too tall" Escalades off the road. They are a hazard to cars and pedestrians alike. Too big AND thirsty. "

    I assume you are willing to buy it, or pay for the owner to buy a new car? That is assuming that he doesn't have a large family and require a larger car...
  • whitey9whitey9 Posts: 138
    Was there a full-sized GM SUV present also? Apparently there have been more than a couple fires that can be attributed to the GMC/Chevy SUVs being a contributing factor.
    Also, the wiring in the cruise control system of the Fords seem to incite fires.
    There is a recall on this one.
  • spinningspinning Posts: 4
    i have a friend who had a 2005 toyota prius and it caught fire during the night and burnt his house to the ground, he got out with just his pants and shirt and that was it, he lost all. Yes it was the prius. Have you taken this mattert o court and what was the out come?. It was proven by the fire marshall it was the prius that was the cause. it happened 3/28/07
  • whitey9whitey9 Posts: 138
    NOT a hybrid! I didn't see it in the article I just sped-read.
  • whitey9whitey9 Posts: 138
    NOT a hybrid! No mention of it being a hybrid. I sped-read the article, but could not see any mention of it being a hybrid.
  • whitey9whitey9 Posts: 138
    NOT a hybrid?
  • whitey9whitey9 Posts: 138
    Never heard of it. HAVE heard of GM products catching fire ( NOT hybrids ), and even Ford having massive recall for cruise control switch causing fires.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    We got your message the first 3 times, but the 4th post was over the top. :P
    For me you begin to lose your appeal. You must have a Prius and think they are the best car on the road. You point out GM just to try and down grade them to make your point better. What about all the Toyota trucks they are quietly buying back due to frame rust on 2 year old trucks. I can remember back a few years ago when people were having problems with the display on the Prius and if I remember they were being charged like 2500 bucks or more for a rebuilt display and the common consensous was to spring for the extended warranty due to this problem. Any car built by humans can and do have problems and that doesn't bother me in the least. What bothers me is how the dealer/manufacturer does at fixing the problem and in that field Toyota I feel does the worst of most companies always dening the clam or their famous its running like it is supposed to like the throtle hesitation on the Camrys or the truck that the government finally made them recall after people were killed by it. Now thats really stepping up to the plate. :shades:
  • jayma8jayma8 Posts: 1
    hello, i came across this forum when i started researching why in the world my perfectly good 2001 Toyota Prius spontaneously caught fire.
    The Prius had been parked in my driveway for 48hrs. At about midday my neighbor came to the door and told me my car was full of smoke.
    I went out and heard crackling coming from the rear end. I opened the trunk and the back of the seat and all the carpet was flaming and melting.
    We got the fire out before it progressed too far and the firefighters said the fire started where heat had melted a hole in the far right corner of the protective metal casing for the Prius Hybrid battery pack.
    I should also say I'm in Australia.
    I phoned the dealership to tell them about the problem and they asked if they could come take photos. Naturally i agreed and waited to hear back from them.
    They did not call, so I called and asked for their assessment they told me we would have to arrange for a tow at my expense and then they would get a very busy specialist to investigate the car in a few weeks or so.
    The car was not fully insured. I did not recieve any letters of any type from Toyota to bring my car in for service or recall.
    I have attached photos of the car here
    Toyota Australia told me this was the first time this has ever happened. I informed them that my research identified other similar fires in the Prius.
    Does anyone know who i can talk to for help or if Toyota is doing anything to rectify this situation and help their customers who have had their Prius spontaneously combust?
  • whitey9whitey9 Posts: 138
    I understand that the Prius IS built by humans.
    And I know of some full-size GM SUVs that have caught fire while parked.
    But, I cannot find anything at any website about a Prius catching fire.
    True, some frames on some Toyota p/ups have rusted badly.
    And some Ford Pintos catch fire when struck from behind, and some GM p/ups have problems with the paint fading/peeling.
    Even some VW Passats have had their seat heaters catch fire.
    Please do not tell me what I think.
    I am merely stating that I have been unable to find any report of a Prius catching fire. I asked if perhaps there were a GM SUV nearby, since they ARE known to catch fire.
    And the fact that someone had to pay out some $2500+ to get their "displays" fixed is truly a big deal. But when a warranty expires, then a warranty expires.
    Buying a car does not entitle you to free service and repairs forever.
    If you cannot afford repairs after the warranty has expired, then by all means by an extended warranty program, or don't buy the car at all.
    I have seen people buy a car, that could not afford to have the car serviced, or to replace the tires once they were worn out.
    Too many people believe that car ownership costs end with the car payment.
    There is a whole lot more to it than that.
    Simpletons, like that, are probably the ones who complain the loudest.
    Their short attention spans do not allow them to realize what they will be in store for after the car's warranty has expired.
    It's like having kids. Surely these folks cannot believe that the hopital delivery bill is the end of the road in costs associated with raising a child.
    I give up. Preach to those who feel victimized by the automakers.
    I am not one of those!
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I am merely stating that I have been unable to find any report of a Prius catching fire. I asked if perhaps there were a GM SUV nearby, since they ARE known to catch fire.
    So if I park next to a Toyota pickup with a GM vehicle does that mean the frame on my GM will rust out like on the Toyota? According to you the answer is yes.
  • recycler5recycler5 Posts: 5
    Our 2-week-old 2009 Prius caught fire in our driveway in the middle of the night. The fire started in the rear battery compartment - same as the others I've read in this forum. We're waiting to see how Toyota will respond. As I consider whether to replace the car with another Prius, I am concerned to read in this forum that there have been almost identically described battery fires in model years from 2001. I sure would like to know just how many of these incidents there have been and whether this issue has been addressed in the 2010 model which is supposed to have a different type of battery. I'd love to have another Prius, but am a bit shaken by our recent experience.
  • whitey9whitey9 Posts: 138
    Was the car shut off and parked for the night? Were there any add-on accessories ( alarms, sound systems, nav systems, anti-theft devices )?
  • stevegoldstevegold Posts: 185
    For verification, please post a photo or a copy of a newspaper article describing the fire.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,025
    That's rather demanding, and uncalled for. If the member wishes to do so, that's fine, but we're not going to imply that someone's being untruthful just because they don't produce articles or photos.


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  • tothemaxx2tothemaxx2 Posts: 22
    I have been reading this board for over a year since we bought our 2008 Prius. Our Prius has been flawless (as I am sure 99.9% have been). I have also followed forums for all my cars (GMs, Fords, Hondas, Volvos, VWs, Toyotas) for many years. All I can say is some things happen to all cars. Also, people who write posts tend to be ones (including myself) who have had problems. This is good as it helps people know what to look for. However, this doesn't necessarily mean the problems happen to a significant % of owners, these are just who are vocal. I have no problem with my Prius (it is about the only car I have ever owned w/o a problem of some kind in the first 14 months). Don't get too worried. S__t happens, always.
  • whitey9whitey9 Posts: 138
    I believe it is difficult to buy a REALLY bad car nowadays. The Yugo is off the US market. After that, life can be a crapshoot. Toyota has always been good to me ( '86, '98, '07 - all still running fine ).
  • recycler5recycler5 Posts: 5
    I parked the car at 9pm, and at 3am the following morning I was awakened by the car alarm, at which point I discovered the trunk in flames. The car had the #6 accessory package, so it had all the bells and whistles (GPS, blue tooth, etc.). ">
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