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DETROIT - Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it is recalling 75,000 Prius gas-electric hybrid cars because their engines can stall due to an electrical problem.

Involved in the recall are some 2004 and early 2005 model year Prius cars. The cars have a gas engine as well as a battery-powered electric motor that can run separately or together to save fuel.

In affected vehicles, dashboard warning lights may come on and the gasoline engine shuts down. The vehicle's electric motor will continue operating in a limited capacity, so drivers can steer to the side of the road. The gasoline engine may start working again if the driver restarts the vehicle.

Toyota spokesman Xavier Dominicis said the automaker began investigating the problem after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received 68 reports of Prius engines stalling. No one has been injured by the defect, and it hasn't caused any reported accidents, Dominicis said.

NHTSA closed its investigation after Toyota said it would voluntarily recall the vehicles. Owners will be notified starting this month.

Toyota dealers will repair affected vehicles for free. The vehicles may need to have their software reprogrammed. Dealers may also apply a waterproof grease that will prevent water from getting into the electrical system.

Dominicis stressed that the defect isn't related to the Prius's gas-electric hybrid system and could happen in any vehicle.

The Prius was the world's first commercially mass-produced hybrid car and it remains the most popular. U.S. sales of the Prius more than doubled in the first nine months of this year to 81,042, according to Autodata Corp.

Dominicis stressed that the defect isn't related to the Prius's gas-electric hybrid system and could happen in any vehicle.


Yea, but it JUST SO HAPPENS it does in the Prius and no other vehicle on the road today. Weird how it's not just Toyotas problem.
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They also went on to blame each driver of the Prius for not checking to see if their car had this problem before buying it. Therefore, the issue is entirely the customer's fault. :P Toyota's luster is starting to fade and with a vehicle so crucial to their "green" image, quality problems with the engine will start to steer people away.....wait. What am I talking about? This isn't an American car company. It's Toyota! With the company's PR tactics, people will forget about this by saturday.
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Is this getting exposure??? I think not... It'll be swept under the rug. GM recalls= front page news... Toyota recalls=last page in 10 point type.
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Actually, I just saw a commercial for the local news highlighting the recall. So don't be so quick to think this'll be hidden from the public eye.
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i heard some dealers are going to stop selling them until they fix them - prius sales are going to be dead for this month
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"Ironicaly" today my local radio station had an entire segment on their morning show about how great the Prius was. Interesting...........................
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Dominicis stressed that the defect isn't related to the Prius's gas-electric hybrid system and could happen in any vehicle.

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So this can happen on all Toyotas?? :huh: That's not very reassuring. :lol:
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"Ironicaly" today my local radio station had an entire segment on their morning show about how great the Prius was. Interesting...........................

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I guess this is how the prius can get really good fuel economy! :CG_all:
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HA!!  AH-HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAA!!!

God I fucking hate Toyota.

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Grow up!

This is a non-issue. I know. Edited by evok
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Oh, c'mon guys, shutting off the engine really raises fuel economy!
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Grow up!

This is a non-issue.  I know.

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:P
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Oh, c'mon guys, shutting off the engine really raises fuel economy!

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The Toyota Prius, keeping the air cleaner by making you walk.
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Toyota dealers will repair affected vehicles for free. The vehicles may need to have their software reprogrammed. Dealers may also apply a waterproof grease that will prevent water from getting into the electrical system.


If it's just a "software" problem, like all of the Toyota humpers are claiming.....then why are they applying a waterproof grease to the electrical system?? :huh:

Smells like a cover-up to me! :ph34r:
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Am I the only one surprised that Toyota actually issued a recall voluntarily? They don't seem to like to do that...rather they prefer to try and place the blame elsewhere.
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didn't DCX recall 280k Rams for a tranny defect last week 0 replies along w/GM's recall of 125k 05-06 vehicles for engine fires which didn't even make forum news.
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didn't DCX recall 280k Rams for a tranny defect last week
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along w/GM's recall of 125k 05-06 vehicles for engine fires which didn't even make forum news.

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Well, this IS a GM and, to a lesser degree, domestic fansite.

Also, Toyota is infallible, so when they stumble we like to point and laugh. Edited by bowtie_dude
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Regarding the DCX recall:

Chrysler is also recalling about 283,000 2003-2005 Dodge Ram pickups with diesel engines and automatic transmissions. The automaker has found that some drivers are not fully placing the shift lever in the park position.


Didn't find anything on the GM recall...but I can't say this one compares to engines stalling.
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didn't DCX recall 280k Rams for a tranny defect last week
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along w/GM's recall of 125k 05-06 vehicles for engine fires which didn't even make forum news.

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Yeah... let me look those up so I can post about the Toyota Recall since you're discussing their recalls in this one... ^_^

You're so quick to bring us the latest Toyota news. I'm shocked that Josh beat you to posting this topic?
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The significance of a Toyota or Honda recall is largely because they have this mythical reputation for quality. Bringing up a domestic manufacturer's recall notices is faulty comparison. Last time I looked, the domestics didn't charge a premium price for a supposed better vehicle.
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The Toyota Prius, keeping the air cleaner by making you walk.

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It says the electric motor still works (albeit in a limited capacity) and all you have to do is restart the car and the gas engine will start up again. No need to walk.
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If you are going on a crowded tollway at 70-75 MPH...this would be a very dangerous situation.
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The higher the horse the harder the fall. I'll be mentioning this next time a friend/coworker/relative mentions the 'fantastic' Prius. But like FoG said this wil be hushed up and forgotten unlike any recall GM has had, or ever will have.
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