Toyota Recalls Prius Vehicles After Issues With Water Ingress – All You Need to Know

Toyota has announced a recall after discovering water ingress on the rear doors posing a serious safety concern.

History Behind The Recall

A major safety risk for owners of Toyota Prius vehicles after discovering they could open whilst driving. Water ingress on the rear door latches leads to the electronic part malfunctioning, causing them to open if they are unlocked. 

Which Models Are Affected?

211,000 Prius vehicles are affected worldwide, 55,000 of which are in North America. Affecting the 2023 and 2024 model years. To find out if your model is affected you may contact Toyota customer service at (800) 331-4331. Toyota’s numbers for this recall are 24TB06 and 24TA06.

What Owners Need to Do Next

Toyota’s dealer network will replace the faulty door latches with better versions free of charge. In the meantime, Prius owners have been advised to choose the automatic lock option as the vehicle drives away to help prevent the door from opening unexpectedly. 

There have not been any injuries reported so far, and owners will be contacted in early June about this recall. 

How Owners Can Take Back Control

While recalls have been communicated to owners, many continue to be unhappy with the solutions provided by automakers. These problems have the potential to escalate into further legal action, just like this – underlining the importance of protecting consumer rights.

If you struggle with vehicle troubles and feel cornered against big vehicle brands, remember it is always better to have experts with you. With extensive experience and successful cases at hand, The Lemon Firm is your best bet. With the dedicated team members always at your disposal, the package becomes too good to be true. So, if your car is giving you a headache, don’t hesitate to reach out! 

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Toyota and Lexus Models Recalled after Almost half a million models subject to stability control issue.

The Japanese automaker has announced a mass recall after it was discovered that stability control fails to turn back on automatically after a vehicle is restarted.

History Behind The Recall

Both Toyota and Lexus models ranging between 2020 and 2022 model years are subject to a recall causing the stability control system to not switch back on.

A stability control software glitch means that if an owner were to turn off the feature during driving, the system would fail to automatically switch back on the next time the car is used. This results in non-compliance with US regulations and could potentially affect the safety and handling of the nearly 460,000 affected vehicles.

Stability control is a safety feature in vehicles designed to help maintain control during sudden maneuvers or slippery road conditions. It works by automatically applying brakes to individual wheels and, in some cases, adjusting engine power to prevent skidding or loss of control.

When stability control is switched off, it increases the risk of accidents, especially during emergency maneuvers or adverse weather conditions. Without stability control, the vehicle is more prone to oversteer, understeer, or even rollovers, as it lacks the assistance needed to counteract these dangerous situations.

Which Models Are Affected?

Many different models are affected by a recall, and most of them have at least one electric motor used within the powertrain. The recall affects various Toyota models from 2020 to 2022 including the Venza, Mirai, RAV4 Hybrid, RAV4 Prime, Sienna Hybrid, and Highlander Hybrid. Also, Lexus models such as LS500h, LX600, NX350h, and NX450h+ are a part of it. Along with the non-hybrid, fully combustion-powered LX 600.

What Happens Next

Owners will be notified about the recall before the end of June. The Japanese automaker will instruct owners to take the vehicle to their respective dealer where fixing this problem is relatively simple. A Toyota or Lexus technician will update the software in your vehicle’s stability control module. This will be completed for zero cost to owners.

If you think your car might be part of this recall and you need more info, you can call Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Mention recall number 22TA03 for Toyota and 22LA01 for Lexus.

How Owners Can Take Back Control

While recalls have been communicated to owners, many continue to be unhappy with the solutions provided by automakers. These problems have the potential to escalate into further legal action, just like this – underlining the importance of protecting consumer rights.

If you struggle with vehicle troubles and feel cornered against big vehicle brands, remember it is always better to have experts with you. With extensive experience and successful cases at hand, The Lemon Firm is your best bet. With the dedicated team members always at your disposal, the package becomes too good to be true. So, if your car is giving you a headache, don’t hesitate to reach out! 

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Nearly 400,000 Tacoma Trucks Recalled Due To Loose Nuts on Rear Axle

Toyota’s popular mid-size truck is subject to a recall after loose nuts from a manufacturing error and posing a significant safety risk.

Loose Nut Issue Explained

Toyota has recalled its popular Tacoma truck after it was revealed that loose nuts may result in the separation of rear axle components. The risk of the rear axle separating would pose a safety risk for both vehicle stability and during braking.

The issue is a result of welding debris which is deposited on the rear axle assembly during the manufacturing process. The debris might result in the retaining nuts loosening and eventually falling off, Toyota has announced.

Which Tacoma Models Are Affected?

This loose nut recall affects 381,000 Tacoma models which have been assembled in Toyota’s San Antonio, Texas plant. Both the rear-wheel and four-wheel drive models are affected across the 2022 and 2023 model years. 

This particular model has now been subject to three recalls so far. The previous recalls affected welding issues for the child seat safety latch and illegible payload label.

This third-generation Tacoma was first introduced in 2016 and now Toyota has unveiled a newly designed Tacoma for 2024. With new tech, larger beds, and hybrid powertrains, Toyota hopes to eliminate design and production flaws that led to so many recalls. 

What Consumers Need to Do Next

Customers of the affected 2022 and 2023 Tacoma recalls should receive a notice in the mail by the end of April 2024. This notice will enclose instructions for owners, informing them that they will need to take their Tacoma truck to their nearest Toyota service center for inspection. From here, Toyota technicians will inspect and tighten the potentially loose rear axle retaining nuts. Any damage that has occurred as a result of the loose nuts will be repaired or replaced entirely by Toyota, free of charge.

You can find out more information about the latest recall for Toyota vehicles on Toyota’s recall hub.

How Consumers Can Take Back Control

This latest announcement from Toyota affects almost 400,000 Tacoma trucks. As the rear axle nuts could eventually fall off, this poses a significant safety risk. Whilst the recalls have been initiated, many owners continue to be unhappy with the solutions provided by automakers. These problems have the potential to escalate into further legal action, just like this – underlining the importance of protecting consumer rights.

If you struggle with vehicle troubles and feel cornered against big vehicle brands, remember it is always better to have experts with you. With extensive experience and successful cases at hand, The Lemon Firm is your best bet. With the dedicated team members always at your disposal, the package becomes too good to be true. So, if your car is giving you a headache, don’t hesitate to reach out! 

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Toyota Announces Recalls on almost 300,000 vehicles due to Transmission Fault 

Toyota, the world’s biggest automaker, has announced a transmission fault affecting 280,000 vehicles across their pick-up and SUV range. Read on to find out if your vehicle is affected and what you need to do next.

Transmission Issue Explained

The Japanese automaker has announced that the engine may not disengage fully when the vehicle is in neutral. When parked in neutral there is a risk of affected vehicles creeping forward. Toyota representatives have explained that engine power can be transferred to the wheels as the transmission fails to fully engage the neutral gear.

Toyota has explained that a creep forward could occur even when stopped on a level surface, in neutral gear, and with no brakes applied, therefore increasing the risk of a crash.

Which Models Are Affected?

Three popular models are affected across the Toyota and Lexus lineup. Toyota Tundra pick-up, Toyota Sequoia SUV and Lexus LX 600 SUV built between 2022 and 2024 are the models affected, spanning 280,000 vehicles in total.

According to NHTSA data, this adds to Toyota’s total of 4.2 million vehicles being recalled in 2023. The majority of those came from a separate recall where around one million vehicles had electrical issues that may have prevented airbags from deploying.

What Customers Need to Do Next

Toyota plans to issue a recall notice to all affected owners by the end of April. From here, affected owners will need to take their vehicles to the respective Toyota or Lexus dealership where a software update will fix the issue.

To find out if your vehicle is one of the affected models, or to check any other recalls initiated for your Toyota or Lexus vehicle then head to Toyota.com/recall or nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate information.

How Consumers Can Take Back Control

This latest announcement from Toyota, the world’s biggest car brand by volume, affects a critical transmission feature that may cause accidents. Affecting three major models in their lineup and almost 300,000 vehicles in total, it is a significant setback for the automaker. Whilst free software updates have been announced for the affected vehicles, many owners continue to be unhappy with the solutions provided by automakers. These problems have the potential to escalate into further legal action, just like this – underlining the importance of protecting consumer rights.

If you struggle with vehicle troubles and feel cornered against big vehicle brands, remember it is always better to have experts with you. With extensive experience and successful cases at hand, The Lemon Firm is your best bet. With the dedicated team members always at your disposal, the package becomes too good to be true. So, if your car is giving you a headache, don’t hesitate to reach out! 

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A Dive Into the Hazardous Fire Risk in Toyota Tundra 2022–2023

Toyota is not new to the automobile industry. However, the company is currently under scrutiny for the 2022-2023 Tundra line regarding issues with the fuel lines. A class action lawsuit predicts a massive fire risk along with multiple environmental hazards. 

The Main Problem: Defects in the Fuel Line

A malfunctioning fuel line poses serious safety risks to the driver and passengers. The 2022-2023 models of this truck have plastic fuel lines installed within. The class action contends that these fuel lines may rub against the metallic brake lines every time the car moves. When the fuel lines collide with the metallic brake lines, there is a high chance of a fuel leak, and a fire will be sparked eventually. 

Details behind the Lawsuit 

Benjamin Murphy – the plaintiff filed a class action lawsuit against Toyota in the Texas Federal Court. Firstly, the lawsuit states that Toyota manufactured and sold the Tundra 2022-2023 vehicles with impaired fuel lines. It also makes a serious claim regarding environmental damage. According to the class action, a faulty fuel line reduces the driver’s miles per tank and potentially deteriorates environmental conditions. As a result, the company’s mistake is like a dual-ended sword – causing both financial and environmental losses. 

The class action also sheds light on lemon law infringements. It alleges that Toyota’s negligence and fraudulent behavior may breach the well-known Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

Steps Taken By Toyota

Toyota has been under the knife for defective models before, as well. However, the company took notice, and major steps were taken. The details are as follows:

  • August 2023: Recall of 170,000 vehicles from the 2022-2023 Toyota Tundra line.
  • October 2022: A class action settlement in response to defective Denso fuel pump claims.

Wrapping Up

The whole situation with the Toyota Tundra really underscores how crucial safety and trust are when it comes to cars. This lawsuit is likely to pause major Toyota sales for at least a while now. Potential buyers are advised to keep a watchful eye on all legal proceedings. 

Lastly, if you struggle with car troubles and feel cornered against big automakers, remember it is always better to have experts with you. With extensive experience and successful cases at hand, The Lemon Firm is your best bet. With the dedicated team members always at your disposal, the package becomes too good to be true. So, if your gas powered, hybrid or EV is giving you a headache, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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Toyota RAV4 Transmission Problems – Will the 2021 & 2022 RAV4 Improve?

2019 RAV4 Problems

As of December 2021, there were 35 reports of transmission problems reported by RAV4 drivers. One consumer reported that he bought a 2019 RAV4, with 17,500 miles on it, and frequently faced problems with the gears shifting properly. This RAV4 owner took his RAV4 to a Toyota dealership and received a software update to correct the issue. More often than not, these types of software updates are more of a band aid than a fix, as vehicles do not improve over time.

Another driver reported that his RAV4 kept lurching forward at lower speeds, creating an uncertain and potentially hazardous commute on the on ramp to the busy 10 freeway. Shaking and shuttering were common among complaints as well. He was told that the dealership could not duplicate the issue and his vehicle was operating as designed.

According to reports, there were six recall issues for the 2019 RAV4 for problems such as leaking engine coolant, separating suspension arms, backup camera issues, and more. Surprsingly, there weren’t any recalls for transmission problems.

2020 RAV4 Transmission Problems

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 transmission problems were well documented. The universal hope was that the 2020 RAV4 would be an improved model, but we are already seeing too many reports and dissatisfaction. Drivers are facing many issues with the 2020 RAV4; below are some problems:

  • Stumbling Transmission.
  • Lagging Transmission.
  • Leaking Transmission.
  • The fuel gauge doesn’t always work and shows that the fuel tank is empty.
  • The brakes sometimes fail without warning.
  • Alignment/Steering issues

2020 Toyota RAV4 Recalls

The 2020 RAV4 transmission problems haven’t led to any recalls yet. However, here are the 2020 Toyota RAV4 recalls as of April 2021:

  • Some 2020 RAV4s have had engine issues, leak coolant, and it has prompted Toyota to put out a recall that offers some RAV4 owners a whole new engine and engine block free of charge.
  • The front lower suspension arms on some 2020 RAV4s might have cracked in them, and Toyota has agreed to replace these arms free of charge to make them safe again.
  • There are a select few 2020 RAV4s with electric power steering problems that have prompted Toyota to replace the power steering gearboxes in these RAV4s.
  • The fuel pumps in some 2020 RAVs have started to fail and cause engine problems, which has forced Toyota to replace the fuel pump assemblies in them.
  • The steering columns in some 2020 RAV4s may have an impact on the airbags in them, which is why Toyota is offering to replace the steering columns in them.

Has Toyota Fixed The Rav4 Problems?

According to multiple sources, the Toyota RAV4 transmission can be fixed with a software update that was released on April 15th of 2019. However, some owners reported that the transmission problems still occurred after receiving updates from the Toyota dealership and drivers have to take their RAV4 to a dealership to receive the update.

Some consumers have also reported problems with the fuel system.

Final Thoughts

Toyota is renowned worldwide as one of the more reliable car manufacturers, that being said no automaker is exempt from defects off the assembly line and design flaws. When some new models are released the ambition of the manufacturer can exceed the ability and know-how of the service technicians. If your vehicle is in disrepair for over 30 days at the dealership, you have a cause of action against the manufacturer under the California Song Beverly act.

Serious car problems require serious legal representation, especially when you are bringing a claim against a major automaker. At the Lemon Firm, our experienced attorneys have been able to successfully recover compensation for our clients who were sold a vehicle that did not perform as intended and we can do the same for you.

Contact us for a free consultation today if you have experienced problems like those experienced by the Jeep class action above or any other types of design or manufacturing defects with your vehicle.  Our experienced attorneys can be reached by calling (833) Lemon-Firm.

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Battery Defects in Toyota RAV4 SUVs

By Andrea Plata

A class action lawsuit has been brought against Toyota for issues relating to their RAV4 SUVs. The plaintiffs claim that the vehicles have known battery defects that create dangerous conditions for vehicle owners. 

What is an Automobile Class Action Lawsuit? 

A class action lawsuit is a lawsuit brought by a group of plaintiffs who have suffered similar damages or injuries. Automobile class action lawsuits are typically brought when a group of plaintiffs is claiming that a specific auto part has either design or manufacturing defects. The term defect is used to describe a condition of a consumer product that does not meet a consumer’s reasonable expectation. 

Toyota RAV4 Battery Defect 

The class action lawsuit against Toyota was filed in Michigan by owner Juliet Murphy and alleges that the RAV4s have battery defects that cause the vehicle to lose electrical power, stall, and catch fire. The plaintiff claims that she had her RAV4 serviced at a Toyota dealership in 2020 and soon after noticed issues with the car’s battery. Murphy then had the battery replaced as she was concerned with the integrity of the vehicle’s safety of the battery system. 

The class action complaint alleges that the 2013-2018 Toyota RAV4 vehicles have defects relating to its 12-volt B+ terminals, causing the SUV to stall and catch fire. 

National Highway Traffic Safety Investigation

A week prior to the filing of the lawsuit, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had opened an investigation into the Toyota RAV4 models after numerous complaints of non-crash fires. The NHTSA claims that it received early warning reports of fires occurring on the left side of the engine compartments where the batteries are located in the 2013-2018 RAV4 SUVs.  Most of the complaints involved consumers experiencing fires while driving the vehicles while four complaints allege that they experienced fire while the vehicle’s ignition was off. 

NHTSA’s safety investigators are alleging that the B+ battery terminals may experience electrical shorts to the frames that hold down the 12-volt batteries and that this is what is causing the electrical fires to spark. 

Toyota RAV4 Class Action

The Toyota RAV4 class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division: Murphy, v. Toyota Motor Corporation, et al. Plaintiff alleges that Toyota has knowingly concealed the battery defects for years and has continuously refused to offer repair under warranty or acknowledge any defect. The complaint alleges that Toyota’s reluctance to recognize or remedy the battery defect has caused the RAV4’s to diminish in value and has created unsafe driving conditions.  

How We Can Help

If your Toyota vehicle has suffered repeated electrical defects, we invite you to contact our firm for a free consultation.  Our attorneys are familiar with the electrical issues afflicting Toyota vehicles and will work tirelessly to protect your rights.  Please call CCA today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM. We will get you the compensation you deserve – and at no cost to you! 

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Brake Squeal in Toyota and Lexus Vehicles!

April 18, 2021, by Andrea Plata

Toyota and Lexus Class Action Lawsuit

Consumers have initiated a class action lawsuit against Toyota and Toyota owned Lexus for a defect relating to certain vehicle model brakes. However, it is not for a reason you would think, the brakes work fine. The complaints relate to what consumers are describing as an unreasonably loud squealing sound when braking. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about vehicle class action lawsuits and what to do if you are experiencing excessive brake squeal with your Toyota or Lexus.

What is an Automobile Class Action Lawsuit?

A class action lawsuit is a lawsuit brought by a group of plaintiffs who have suffered similar damages or injuries. Automobile class action lawsuits are typically brought when a group of plaintiffs is claiming that a specific auto part has either design or manufacturing defects. The term defect is used to describe a condition of a consumer product that does not meet a consumer’s reasonable expectation.

Why are your Toyota or Lexus Brakes Squealing?

As mentioned above, the Toyota and Lexus consumers are not issuing complaints about the effectiveness of the car’s ability to brake but are rather voicing concerns about an unpleasant and excessive squealing or squeaking sound when braking. The company has issued a statement on their website warning consumers that the brake noise is a result of the braking materials and design implemented for the brake pads and assure consumers that this design was implemented for maximum brake performance.

The class action was brought after a California plaintiff leased a 2019 Lexus LC and reported the excessive and unreasonable squealing sound. In 2020, Lexus addressed the brake squeal by issuing a technical service bulletin to their dealerships. The company explained that certain vehicle models are equipped with high-performance, high friction brake pads that can make a squealing or squeaking noise. Toyota owned Lexus offered an alternative and what they claim to be a less effective braking system to those consumers who find the squealing ‘objectionable’.

In the same technical service bulletin, Lexus instructed its dealers to inform any consumers who wish to change out the standard braking system that they may be compromising the quality of their vehicle’s brakes by choosing the less noisy option. Lexus also cited that the squealing is “an inherent characteristic of high-performance brake systems”.

Which Toyota and Lexus Models Have Defective Brakes?

The class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California: Hovsep Hagopian, v. Toyota Motor North America, Inc., et al. and claims that the brake systems on the following models are defective,

• 2016-2019 Lexus LC500

• 2016-2019 Lexus RC F

• 2016-2019 Lexus GS F

• 2013-2018 Toyota Corolla

What Can You Do About Toyota or Lexus Brake Squeal?

If you are driving one of the Lexus or Toyota models listed above, and you are experiencing the excessive brake squeal, you may be protected under California law. If you are in Los Angeles County and believe your Lexus or Toyota vehicle does not meet your quality expectations, call the California Consumer Attorney’s to discuss your claim. You are a protected consumer under California law and CCA’s experienced lawyers can help you fight back against the automaker.

Call CCA today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM. We will get you the compensation you deserve – and at no cost to you!

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Toyota Fuel Pump Class Action Lawsuit

By: Nicole Halavi

Toyota Motor Corporation is one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers, producing more than 10 million vehicles each year. They are also a large global leader for hybrid electrical vehicles, encouraging the mass adoption of hybrid vehicles worldwide. Despite the many options Toyota provides to consumers, the auto manufacturer has been subject to several class actions lawsuits concerning defects in various Toyota models. In fact, CCA’s attorneys have represented several plaintiffs dealing with a Toyota model that, among other issues, had a defective fuel pump.

Below is a brief list of issues that may result from a faulty fuel pump:
• Difficulty starting the vehicle;
• Vehicle stalling;
• A constant noise that comes from the fuel tank;
• A sputtering engine; and
• Poor fuel economy.

A recent class action lawsuit filed against Toyota alleges that the automaker refuses to repair or replace damaged fuel pumps.

If you are a Toyota customer and your vehicle has been exhibiting any of the issues mentioned above, CCA is here to help. We invite you to call our experts today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

What are the Fuel Pump Issues in the Toyota Vehicles that Resulted in a Class Action Lawsuit?

Toyota owners have complained of many issues that arise as a result of defective fuel pumps. In January 2020, the fuel pump defect led to a recall of more than 700,000 vehicles, which eventually became about 2 million vehicles by March. According to the lawsuit, the DENSO fuel pump impellers “may be swelled due to the fuel and water contained in the fuel; therefore, a rotation of the impeller may be stopped when the impeller is swelled and comes in contact with the [fuel pump] housing.”

The fuel pump is responsible for delivering gas from the gas tank to the engine. As one can imagine, if fuel doesn’t make it to the engine, the engine will not run. Thus, the fuel pump is a critical part for reliable vehicle operation.

Below is a list of Toyota vehicles that are equipped with allegedly defective fuel pumps:

• 2018–2019 Toyota Avalon
• 2018–2019 Toyota Corolla
• 2018–2019 Toyota Highlander
• 2018–2019 Toyota Sequoia
• 2018–2019 Toyota Tacoma
• 2018–2019 Toyota Camry
• 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
• 2014–2015, 2018–2019 Toyota Land Cruiser
• 2018–2019 Toyota Sienna
• 2014–2015, 2018–2019 Toyota Forerunner
• 2018–2019 Lexus GS 300
• 2014–2015 Lexus GX 460
• 2017 Lexus IS 200t
• 2014–2015, 2018–2019 Lexus IS 350
• 2018–2019 Lexus LC 500h
• 2018–2019 Lexus LS 500
• 2014–2015 Lexus LX 570
• 2018–2019 Lexus RC 300
• 2015, 2018–2019 Lexus RC 350
• 2018–2019 Lexus RX 350
• 2018–2019 Toyota Tundra
• 2018–2019 Lexus ES 350
• 2013–2014, 2018–2019 Lexus GS 350
• 2014 Lexus IS-F
• 2018–2019 Lexus IS 300
• 2018–2019 Lexus LC 500
• 2013–2015 Lexus LS 460
• 2018–2019 Lexus LS 500h
• 2015 Lexus NX 200t
• 2017 Lexus RC 200t
• 2017–2019 Lexus RX 350

One Toyota Camry owner described the stalling concern as follows: “My Camry has been stalling on many occasions. The car stalled on the highway twice and luckily the person behind me did not slam into me but stopped to assist me. This problem is scary and I want a resolution to this.” An owner of the 2018 Toyota Sienna explained the poor fuel economy issue as follows: “I noticed that the gas mileage wasn’t what it should be, and I began calculating it at each fill-up. It was pretty consistent at 11-12mpg, (advertised mpg is 18 city). In September, I complained to the dealership and the Service Manager said to wait until the first scheduled service at 5K miles. I told him we had operated it for 2.5K miles, with it costing us approximately twice what it should, and I had NO intention of continuing that.”

What Can I Do if My Toyota Vehicle is Subject to Any of the Defects Mentioned Above?

If your Toyota Vehicle has exhibited any issues arising from defective fuel pumps, such as stalling, a sputtering engine, unusual sounds, or other abnormalities, CCA’s lawyers are here to help – and at no cost to you! CCA is equipped with an experienced team of lawyers who are knowledgeable about the fuel pump issues in Toyota vehicles. We are here to get you the relief you deserve!

If your vehicle has been exhibiting any defects or issues, please contact our experts for a free consultation at (833) LEMON-FIRM.

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Propulsion System Defects in the Toyota Prius: 2015 to 2020

By: Michael H. Rosenstein

Over time, the Toyota Prius has risen to obtain one of the highest ranks among the other Hybrid and Electric cars in the market. In fact, it has also been listed as a finalist for the “2020 Best Hybrid Car for the Money” Award. While the Prius is known to have a capable hybrid system and an exceptional fuel economy rating; it, unfortunately, presents several common reliability issues and defects that consumers oftentimes encounter. Over the past 5 years, several Prius users have reported fuel/propulsion system problems with a severity rating of 10.0 (According to NHTSA data). A few official recalls had also been issued by NHTSA due to propulsion defects that had become a potential threat to Prius users.

If your Toyota Prius has suffered any serious issues or warranty concerns, CCA is here to help. We invite you to call our experts today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

What Are the Common Propulsion System Defects in the Toyota Prius?

The Toyota Prius has fallen prey to numerous user complaints and a NHTSA investigations over the years. While some issues were looked into by Toyota, many are still left unresolved. Most Prius complaints involve serious allegations such as vehicle stalling, sputtering, loss of power, sudden stops and more.

Recently, one Toyota Prius user expressed their concern regarding their vehicle’s propulsion system as follows, “While driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled and the “hyper” system failure warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to Toyota where it was diagnosed that the EGR valve and intake manifold needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The dealer stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The fuel pump was repaired by an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000.”

Most complaints mentioned the vehicle’s frequent loss of power that causes serious consequences such as stalling and unexpected stopping. A stall occurs when the car unexpectedly slows down or stops completely. If a stall takes place in an unfortunate circumstance, it could lead to a life-threatening accident.

Another Prius owner described the issue as follows, “Vehicle has lost power on the freeway multiple times forcing me to pull over. In one instance I was almost rear-ended by a semi. The vehicle will show a temperature warning and will then shut down and read, “check hybrid system”. the Toyota dealership claims it needs a new engine. I have contacted Toyota about this and they tell me it is out of warranty and not eligible for the warranty enhancement”.

System overheating is another crucial issue that came up across several complaints. Despite Toyota’s constant effort for the last 5 years, the issue still persists. Driving an overheated car can be extremely fatal as it can instigate intense pressure inside the radiator hoses; damaging the car or even worse, causing an unfortunate accident.

Another user complaint stated, “I had a sudden loss of power with a popping sound. The failure nearly caused an accident because I was turning into a traffic lane. This left me stalled in that lane of traffic. The failure turned out to be the inverter overheating which was caused by the cooling pump in the inverter. This was not covered by warranty and was a very expensive repair.”

Here is a partial list of the recent models that are known to have widespread Engine and Transmission issues:

  • 2014 Toyota Prius
  • 2015 Toyota Prius
  • 2016 Toyota Prius
  • 2018 Toyota Prius
  • 2019 Toyota Prius
  • 2020 Toyota Prius

What Actions Have Been Taken to Address the Toyota Prius Propulsion Defects?

According to an IEEE research article, Toyota has issued a recall for 2.43 million hybrid vehicles around the world (including Toyota Prius) for the stalling issue. The recall was issued approximately 2 years ago, yet there are still incoming complaints regarding Prius’s propulsion defects.

What Can I Do if My Toyota Prius is Facing Any of These Issues?

If you are facing any trouble with your Toyota Prius such as stalling, sputtering, loss of power, overheating, or other persisting issues, California’s lemon laws are here to protect you and your vehicle. Our attorneys have developed strong expertise in handling these types of cases and are aware of the issues plaguing the Prius. If you are facing any performance issues with your vehicle, do not hesitate to contact our experts for a free consultation at (833) LEMON-FIRM.