definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,709 miles

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problem #3

Oct 222004

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,578 miles
Model: Toyota Prius 2002 purchase from : putnam Toyota, certified unit, June 2004 failure type : tire burst on side wall of the tire, twice in 5 months. Failure root cause : drive over parking curb, at less than 2 mph. Failure logic : why the tire burst in such a manner, especially Toyota claim, this is a special design overload pressure tire. Part replace/service: Both tires were replace at capitol Toyota dealership. Cost per incident: Tire =$79, labor = $60.81, tire only available at Toyota dealership. Concern: What would happen if I drive 60 mph on freeway, and hit a bumper uneven path on the highway, would it burst as well !

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 072004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,550 miles
The tires were defective. After taking the vehicle to dealer for service it was discovered that chunks ere missing from the inside of the tires. Manufacturer offered reimbursement.

- Carbondale, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 182004

(reported on)


  • 5,000 miles
Front driver's side tire had to be replaced 3 times because of cracks in the sidewall. Consumer felt that the tire dealership didn't want to claim liability, so they were blaming the cracks on road hazards.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA