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#67 of 116 Re: Pirus Fire: [jeyhoe]
Feb 26, 2008 (6:17 am)
First of all, I'm not a "fanboy" of any sort. I like hybrids because there is nothing else as clean and efficient on the road.
And second, anyone who classifies the Prius as a "vehicle prone to burn" is just being ignorant.
There are more than a million Toyota hybrids on the road worldwide, and a large percentage of those cars are Priuses (or Prii, depending on your preferred term.)
There are very VERY few instances of a Prius catching on fire, and in FACT, I can only find one or two VALID NEWS STORIES using Google which even refer to such an event. Can anyone find and post more?
So, with such a small number of Priuses catching on fire, can anyone with confidence or solid data say that a Prius is "prone to burn" more than any other car?
I think NOT.
P.S. Just Googled "prius fire" + burned and "Prius burned" +fire AGAIN TODAY 2-26-2008 and found virtually nothing new about Prius fires. The data indicating that a Prius is a fire risk just does not exist.
#68 of 116 Re: Pirus Fire: [larsb]
Feb 26, 2008 (6:30 am)
I have a 2004 Prius with no problems.
I also have a 2007 Highlander hybrid which smells like it's burning when we go up a long, steep hill. It has something to do with the electric motor assist. The smell goes away on the way down.
#69 of 116 Re: Pirus Fire: [stevegold]
Feb 26, 2008 (6:51 am)
That happens with the TCH too. On the TCH, owners have tracked it down to this problem:
Small problem easily solved during a 4,800 mile trip concluded on Saturday.
Noticed a burning smell when we got out of the car several times. I first thought it was truck brakes since we first noticed it a rest areas along the last 660 mile grind of the trip. When I got home on Sunday, I had the bugs washed off the car and smelled the burning smell again in our driveway. I opened the hood and discovered that a foam rubber strip which had been secured with some kind of double stick tape to the top area of the radiator had come loose and blew back directly onto the catlytic converter which is near the front of the engine.. I'll say BURNT!... to a crisp!.
I suppose this could have been worse if it became enflamed but as far as we know it didn't. I removed it and scraped the residue off of the catalytic converter with a putty knife. Problem is solved. I will ask the dealer about this problem this week during servicing. I don't think this is significant and I don't think there will be any long lasting issue with it, but do wonder why they put a cheap piece of self stick foam rubber near the engine compartment and so close to the catlytic converter heat source. So..if anyone else smells something burning, check this out first.
So the HH might have a similar issue.
#70 of 116 More on "Prius fires"
Feb 26, 2008 (6:52 am)
To my knowledge, no persons have been injured or killed by a Prius fire.
Not too many cars that have burned over the decades can make THAT claim.
#71 of 116 Burning smell
Feb 26, 2008 (6:35 pm)
I have a 2006 Prius. A I recall, I noticed a slight burning smell when the car was new. I can't recall if it was someone at the dealership, or if it was this forum, but I learned that the culprit may have been the stuff they spray on the engine block to protect it from the effects of salt air during shipment.
Anyway, the smell went away after a couple of months.
#72 of 116 Re: Prius on Fire? [feffer37]
Mar 15, 2008 (4:53 pm)
hi my camry hybrid cought on fire in october of 07
#73 of 116 Re: Prius on Fire? [galtguy]
Mar 18, 2008 (7:59 am)
can you give us more details please? Pictures? News stories?
Was it one of these kind of fires maybe?