2008 Toyota Prius

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Available in 3 styles:  2008 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback shown
Asking Price Range
$7,342–$16,366
Estimated MPG

48 city / 45 hwy

NHTSA Vehicle Safety Recalls

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Prius

STEERING:GEAR BOX:SHAFT SECTOR

Recall number: 12V537000
Recall date: 11/14/2012

Problem Summary:

TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2009 PRIUS VEHICLES MANUFACTURED AUGUST 5, 2003, THROUGH MARCH 30, 2009. THE AFFECTED VEHICLES HAVE A STEERING INTERMEDIATE EXTENSION SHAFT ASSEMBLY BUILT WITH METAL SPLINES THAT COMPLETE THE CONNECTION FROM THE STEERING WHEEL TO THE STEERING GEAR. THESE SPLINES MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED WITH AN INSUFFICIENT HARDNESS.

Consequence:

OVER TIME, THE SPLINES MAY WEAR AND EVENTUALLY FAIL RESULTING IN A LOSS OF STEERING ABILITY, INCREASING THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action:

TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE EXTENSION SHAFT AND REPLACE IT IF IT IS ONE WITH INSUFFICIENT HARDNESS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN DECEMBER 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THEIR TOYOTA DEALER OR THE TOYOTA CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE CENTER AT 1-800-331-4331.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 08/05/2003 and 03/30/2009.


HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM: INVERTER

Recall number: 12V536000
Recall date: 11/14/2012

Problem Summary:

TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2009 PRIUS VEHICLES MANUFACTURED AUGUST 6, 2003, THROUGH MARCH 30, 2009 AND FCHV-ADV VEHICLES MANUFACTURED DECEMBER 12, 2008, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 13, 2011. DURING MANUFACTURING, A SCRATCH MAY HAVE OCCURRED INSIDE OF THE ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN WATER PUMP AT THE COIL WIRE. THE COIL WIRE MAY CORRODE AT THE SCRATCHED PORTION.

Consequence:

THE CORRODED COIL WIRE MAY BREAK AND THE WATER PUMP COULD STOP. THE CORRODED COIL WIRE COULD CAUSE 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.

Corrective Action:

TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY ITS OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE ELECTRIC WATER PUMP, FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED A NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THEIR TOYOTA DEALER OR THE TOYOTA CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE CENTER AT 1-800-331-4331.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 08/06/2003 and 03/30/2009.


STEERING

Recall number: 12V537000
Recall date: 11/14/2012

Problem Summary:

TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2009 PRIUS VEHICLES MANUFACTURED AUGUST 5, 2003, THROUGH MARCH 30, 2009. THE AFFECTED VEHICLES HAVE A STEERING INTERMEDIATE EXTENSION SHAFT ASSEMBLY BUILT WITH METAL SPLINES THAT COMPLETE THE CONNECTION FROM THE STEERING WHEEL TO THE STEERING GEAR. THESE SPLINES MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED WITH AN INSUFFICIENT HARDNESS.

Consequence:

OVER TIME, THE SPLINES MAY WEAR AND EVENTUALLY FAIL RESULTING IN A LOSS OF STEERING ABILITY, INCREASING THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action:

TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE EXTENSION SHAFT AND REPLACE IT IF IT IS ONE WITH INSUFFICIENT HARDNESS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN DECEMBER 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THEIR TOYOTA DEALER OR THE TOYOTA CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE CENTER AT 1-800-331-4331.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 08/05/2003 and 03/30/2009.


ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Recall number: 12V536000
Recall date: 11/14/2012

Problem Summary:

TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2009 PRIUS VEHICLES MANUFACTURED AUGUST 6, 2003, THROUGH MARCH 30, 2009 AND FCHV-ADV VEHICLES MANUFACTURED DECEMBER 12, 2008, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 13, 2011. DURING MANUFACTURING, A SCRATCH MAY HAVE OCCURRED INSIDE OF THE ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN WATER PUMP AT THE COIL WIRE. THE COIL WIRE MAY CORRODE AT THE SCRATCHED PORTION.

Consequence:

THE CORRODED COIL WIRE MAY BREAK AND THE WATER PUMP COULD STOP. THE CORRODED COIL WIRE COULD CAUSE 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.

Corrective Action:

TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY ITS OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE ELECTRIC WATER PUMP, FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED A NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THEIR TOYOTA DEALER OR THE TOYOTA CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE CENTER AT 1-800-331-4331.

This recall affects vehicles manufactured between 08/06/2003 and 03/30/2009.


EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS

Recall number: 10V036000
Recall date: 02/03/2010

Problem Summary:

SOUTHEAST TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006-2009 SIENNA PASSENGER VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS." THESE VEHICLES WERE SOLD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1, 2005 AND JUNE 2, 2008 WITHOUT THE REQUISITE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION LABELS.

Consequence:

A DRIVER MAY OVERLOAD A VEHICLE WHICH MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Corrective Action:

DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY MODIFICATION (ADDENDUM) LABEL FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SOUTHEAST TOYOTA AT 1-954-420-2000.


VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL

Recall number: 09V388000
Recall date: 10/05/2009

Problem Summary:

TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2010 PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL CAN GET STUCK IN THE WIDE OPEN POSITION DUE TO ITS BEING TRAPPED BY AN UNSECURED OR INCOMPATIBLE DRIVER'S FLOOR MAT.

Consequence:

A STUCK OPEN ACCELERATOR PEDAL MAY RESULT IN VERY HIGH VEHICLE SPEEDS AND MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO STOP THE VEHICLE, WHICH COULD CAUSE A CRASH, SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

Corrective Action:

TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS OF AFFECTED VEHICLES TO REMOVE ANY DRIVER'S FLOOR MAT AND NOT REPLACE IT WITH ANY OTHER FLOOR MAT PENDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODEL-SPECIFIC REMEDIES. TOYOTA WILL MAIL A SECOND NOTIFICATION TO OWNERS OF AFFECTED VEHICLES NOTIFYING THEM OF THE FREE REMEDIES WHEN THEY ARE AVAILABLE. THE FIRST NOTICE IS EXPECTED TO BE MAILED DURING OCTOBER 2009 AND TOYOTA WILL ADVISE NHTSA OF THE ESTIMATED DATE WHEN THE REMEDIES WILL BE AVAILABLE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331, LEXUS AT 1-800-255-3987.

The manufacturer first notified owners of this recall on 10/08/2009.


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