2001 Toyota PRIUS Vehicle Speed Control Accelerator Pedal Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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2001 Toyota PRIUS Vehicle Speed Control Accelerator Pedal Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID462350
 Internal NHTSA #10058176
 Model Year2001
 File date14/02/04
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemThe 2001 toyota prius has a faulty accelerator pedal and should be covered under the 8-year hybrid system warranty. Not only are there safety issues with this problem (e. G. Sudden loss of acceleration that could cause accidents, incorrect communication between the accelerator and the hybrid system, etc.) but there is a lack on toyota's part to admit that the accelerator is a critical component of the hybrid system. When the accelerator fails, it causes the "check hybrid system" light to appear on the dashboard and can make the car dangerously unresponsive (especially on the freeway). The hybrid system is expecting information from the accelerator, and when it doesn't receive it, either the gas engine, or the electric engine, or both engines fail to operate. Even though two toyota dealers (stevens creek toyota and capitol toyota) agree that this is a serious safety issue, both claim that this repair is not covered under the 8-year hybrid system warranty. However, if this accelerator problem is not directly related, then why does the warning light come on when the accelerator sensor fails? Also, why did the dealer who performed the $654. 52 repair tell me that the complete accelerator assembly part had just been recently revised by toyota? (i might add that an independent electrical engineer analyzed the part and concluded that the accelerator has an mtbf of 1500 hours. He concluded that every prius owner would be subject to this same hazardous problem several times during the lifetime of the car!!) i have substantial evidence from other prius owners who are experiencing the same problems and would be happy to share this information with your investigation team. In my opinion, these problems are serious enough to merit consideration for either a recall or a revision of toyota's "hybrid system" warranty policies. I appreciate any assistance you can provide me in this matter and i hope that together we can prevent needless deaths from this unsafe accelerator. *ak
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure44395
Number of Occurences1
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateSAN JOSE, CA
VIN pattern JT2BK12U810XXXXXX
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?N
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons0
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase05/05/01
Was original owner?N
Anti-lock brakesY
Cruise controlN
Number of cylinders4
Drive train typeU
Transmission typeAUTO
 Vehicle speed70
 DoT tire identifier
 Tire size
 Location of tire code
 Type of tire failure code
 Was defective tire repaired?
 Date of manufacture
Type of child seat code
Type of restraint
 Dealer's nameCAPITOL TOYOTA
 Dealer's telephone number408-267-0846
 Dealer's citySAN JOSE
 Dealer's state codeCA
 Dealer's ZIP code95136
  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.
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