Toyota Recalls 2023-2024 Prius Models

Toyota Recalls Certain 2023 and 2024 Prius Vehicles Due to Rear Door Latch Issue

Toyota has announced a recall affecting its 2023 and 2024 Prius models. The recall involves approximately 211,000 vehicles globally, with around 55,000 units in the United States.

The issue stems from water infiltration, which can short circuit the electronic rear door latches, potentially causing the doors to open while the vehicle is in motion or during a crash, significantly increasing the risk of injury.

Detailed Description of the Issue

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that the electronic rear door latches in the affected 2023-2024 Toyota Prius models might short circuit if water enters them.

This defect can lead to the rear doors opening unexpectedly, posing a severe safety risk to the vehicle occupants.

Potential Risks

The primary risk associated with this recall is the possibility of the rear doors opening while the vehicle is moving, which could lead to passengers falling out or being ejected during a crash.

This increases the likelihood of serious injuries or fatalities. Ensuring the door latches are secure and functional is critical for the safety of all vehicle occupants.

Models Affected

The recall impacts the following Toyota Prius models:

  • 2023 Toyota Prius
  • 2024 Toyota Prius

Investigation and Recall Initiation

The NHTSA began investigating the water infiltration issue in early 2024. Following this investigation and subsequent discussions with Toyota, the automaker voluntarily issued the recall in April 2024.

Owner Notification and Next Steps

Toyota will notify affected owners by mail starting in early June 2024. Owners will receive detailed instructions on how to proceed with the recall. It is recommended that owners contact their local Toyota dealerships to schedule a service appointment for the necessary repairs, which will be provided free of charge.

Repair Process

To address the issue, Toyota dealers will replace both the right and left rear door opener switches with improved ones. This repair aims to prevent any water infiltration and ensure the door latches function correctly. The repair process is expected to be quick, but owners should contact their dealerships to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.

Legal Rights and Recourse

Under the Highway Safety Act of 1970, vehicle manufacturers are required to repair any recalled defects or replace defective parts free of charge.

If a dealership refuses to perform the necessary repairs or attempts to charge for the service, vehicle owners should contact Toyota directly to resolve the matter.

Assistance from Lemon Law Group Partners

Lemon Law Group Partners can provide valuable assistance to car owners facing difficulties during the recall process.

Our experienced attorneys work directly with the manufacturer on behalf of the client to ensure a swift and satisfactory resolution.

In many cases, the legal fees are covered by the manufacturer, allowing clients to receive experienced legal counsel at no additional cost. For more information and a free consultation, call (888) 415-0610.

Conclusion

Owners of the 2023-2024 Toyota Prius should take this recall seriously and have their vehicles inspected and repaired as soon as possible.

Ensuring the rear door latches function correctly is crucial for safe driving.

Toyota is committed to resolving this issue efficiently and urges all affected owners to take immediate action.

Additional Information

Drivers can also check the NHTSA website to see if their vehicle has been affected by the recall. The recall number for this Toyota recall is 23TA02.

Sources:

  • Toyota USA Newsroom
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)