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Toyota Prius, Car Safety, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback, Sedan
#80 of 116 Re: Prius on Fire? [feffer37]
Apr 02, 2009 (7:43 am)
i have a friend who had a 2005 toyota prius and it caught fire during the night and burnt his house to the ground, he got out with just his pants and shirt and that was it, he lost all. Yes it was the prius. Have you taken this mattert o court and what was the out come?. It was proven by the fire marshall it was the prius that was the cause. it happened 3/28/07
#82 of 116 Re: Or this story: [larsb]
Apr 10, 2009 (10:26 am)
NOT a hybrid! I didn't see it in the article I just sped-read.
#83 of 116 Re: Or maybe this one? [larsb]
Apr 10, 2009 (10:27 am)
NOT a hybrid! No mention of it being a hybrid. I sped-read the article, but could not see any mention of it being a hybrid.
#84 of 116 Re: Maybe like this one? [larsb]
Apr 10, 2009 (10:28 am)
NOT a hybrid?
#85 of 116 Re: Prius on Fire? [spinning]
Apr 10, 2009 (10:30 am)
Never heard of it. HAVE heard of GM products catching fire ( NOT hybrids ), and even Ford having massive recall for cruise control switch causing fires.
#86 of 116 Re: Prius on Fire? [whitey9]
Apr 10, 2009 (12:05 pm)
We got your message the first 3 times, but the 4th post was over the top.
For me you begin to lose your appeal. You must have a Prius and think they are the best car on the road. You point out GM just to try and down grade them to make your point better. What about all the Toyota trucks they are quietly buying back due to frame rust on 2 year old trucks. I can remember back a few years ago when people were having problems with the display on the Prius and if I remember they were being charged like 2500 bucks or more for a rebuilt display and the common consensous was to spring for the extended warranty due to this problem. Any car built by humans can and do have problems and that doesn't bother me in the least. What bothers me is how the dealer/manufacturer does at fixing the problem and in that field Toyota I feel does the worst of most companies always dening the clam or their famous its running like it is supposed to like the throtle hesitation on the Camrys or the truck that the government finally made them recall after people were killed by it. Now thats really stepping up to the plate.
#88 of 116 My 01 Prius caught fire!
May 04, 2009 (3:29 am)
hello, i came across this forum when i started researching why in the world my perfectly good 2001 Toyota Prius spontaneously caught fire.
The Prius had been parked in my driveway for 48hrs. At about midday my neighbor came to the door and told me my car was full of smoke.
I went out and heard crackling coming from the rear end. I opened the trunk and the back of the seat and all the carpet was flaming and melting.
We got the fire out before it progressed too far and the firefighters said the fire started where heat had melted a hole in the far right corner of the protective metal casing for the Prius Hybrid battery pack.
I should also say I'm in Australia.
I phoned the dealership to tell them about the problem and they asked if they could come take photos. Naturally i agreed and waited to hear back from them.
They did not call, so I called and asked for their assessment they told me we would have to arrange for a tow at my expense and then they would get a very busy specialist to investigate the car in a few weeks or so.
The car was not fully insured. I did not recieve any letters of any type from Toyota to bring my car in for service or recall.
I have attached photos of the car here http://www.carspace.com/jayma8
Toyota Australia told me this was the first time this has ever happened. I informed them that my research identified other similar fires in the Prius.
Does anyone know who i can talk to for help or if Toyota is doing anything to rectify this situation and help their customers who have had their Prius spontaneously combust?
#89 of 116 Re: Prius on Fire? [dmathews3]
May 04, 2009 (4:52 am)
I understand that the Prius IS built by humans.
And I know of some full-size GM SUVs that have caught fire while parked.
But, I cannot find anything at any website about a Prius catching fire.
True, some frames on some Toyota p/ups have rusted badly.
And some Ford Pintos catch fire when struck from behind, and some GM p/ups have problems with the paint fading/peeling.
Even some VW Passats have had their seat heaters catch fire.
Please do not tell me what I think.
I am merely stating that I have been unable to find any report of a Prius catching fire. I asked if perhaps there were a GM SUV nearby, since they ARE known to catch fire.
And the fact that someone had to pay out some $2500+ to get their "displays" fixed is truly a big deal. But when a warranty expires, then a warranty expires.
Buying a car does not entitle you to free service and repairs forever.
If you cannot afford repairs after the warranty has expired, then by all means by an extended warranty program, or don't buy the car at all.
I have seen people buy a car, that could not afford to have the car serviced, or to replace the tires once they were worn out.
Too many people believe that car ownership costs end with the car payment.
There is a whole lot more to it than that.
Simpletons, like that, are probably the ones who complain the loudest.
Their short attention spans do not allow them to realize what they will be in store for after the car's warranty has expired.
It's like having kids. Surely these folks cannot believe that the hopital delivery bill is the end of the road in costs associated with raising a child.
I give up. Preach to those who feel victimized by the automakers.
I am not one of those!