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Toyota Prius v Recalls

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Recall Date Problem Area Recall Text
07/30/15 Toyota motor engineering & manufacturing (toyota) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 prius v vehicles manufactured august 22, 2011, to june 30, 2014. a component within the hybrid inverter assembly may overheat, causing the hybrid system to reduce output power allowing the vehicle to only drive a short distance. in some circumstances, the hybrid system may shut down causing the vehicle to stop while being driven.

The vehicle may enter a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. the hybrid system could also shut down completely resulting in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the motor/generator control electronic control unti (ecu) and the hybrid control ecu, free of charge. the recall began on july 30, 2015. owners may contact toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
02/12/15 Electrical and Air Conditioning Toyota motor engineering & manufacturing (toyota) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 toyota prius v vehicles manufactured november 7, 2013, to january 7, 2015. the occupant classification system (ocs) that activates or deactivates the passenger seat air bag system may be improperly calibrated. as a result, the passenger air bag may not deploy in a vehicle crash. as such, these vehicles fail to comply with federal motor vehicle safety standard (fmvss) no. 208, "occupant crash protection."

If the air bag does not deploy as intended, there is an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will re-calibrate of the ocs system, free of charge. the recall began february 12, 2015. owners may contact toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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Toyota Prius v Recalls

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.