Advertisement

Toyota Prius V Fails IIHS Automatic-Braking Safety Test, Owners Sue

 

2012 Toyota Prius V

2012 Toyota Prius V

Enlarge Photo

Toyota is in hot water over a safety system that isn't performing as advertised.

Last month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released its ratings of frontal-crash prevention systems. Some cars excelled in the new tests, others didn't.

One car that didn't do so well was the Toyota Prius V hybrid wagon.

Toyota offers its Pre-Collision System (PCS) as on option on the Prius V; it's supposed to be able to brake the car at certain speeds if it detects something in the vehicle's path, to lessen or potentially avert frontal collisions.

"The Toyota Prius V wagon, which claims to have autobrake, had minimal braking in IIHS tests and currently fails to meet NHTSA criteria for forward collision warning," the Institute said.

"It doesn't qualify for an IIHS front crash prevention rating."

2012 Toyota Prius v

2012 Toyota Prius v

Enlarge Photo

To make matters worse, the system is a pricey item. PCS is part of the $5,650 Advanced Technology Package, which is only available on the top Prius V Five model.

Naturally, after seeing the IIHS test results, some Prius V owners feel they aren't getting what they paid for.

And so they're suing Toyota.

In a press release, the plaintiffs claims $1,000 of the $5,650 Advanced Technology Package is attributable to PCS. They want Toyota to reimburse them for that $1,000, and change its advertising to reflect the IIHS findings more accurately.

The plaintiffs have asked that their case be granted class-action status.

Interestingly, the plaintiffs are represented by the McCuneWright law firm in California.

That's the same firm that recently settled a $1.6 billion class-action case against Toyota for unintended acceleration, and also filed class-action suits against Ford, Hyundai, and Kia for exaggerated fuel economy claims.

_______________________________________________

Follow GreenCarReports on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.



Advertisement
 
Follow Us

Advertisement
New Car Price Quotes
Update ZIP
We care about your privacy. By submitting your request, your data will be subject to our Privacy Policy and Terms and you agree that the dealers checked above may contact you using an auto dialer or an automated message.

Find Green Cars

Go!
Advertisement

Advertisement

 
© 2014 Green Car Reports. All Rights Reserved. Green Car Reports is published by High Gear Media. Send us feedback. Stock photography by Homestar, LLC.