Toyota Prius owners are calling on Toyota to help them fight cat theft
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Toyota Prius Owners Are Asking To Have Their Cars Recalled Due To Theft Of Catalytic Converters

If you have been a victim of catalytic converter theft, you know how devastating it can be. Prius owners are now raising their voices to get Toyota to help them out with the issue. Here is what people are saying.
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"The catalytic converter just got stolen from my '07 Prius for the second time in two months — and it took nearly three weeks to get the part in to fix it the first time because this is happening to so many people."

Imagine you as a Prius owner having your catalytic converter stolen not once but twice. Now imagine you have shelled out over $5,000 to get your car back on the road. Now ask yourself, does this seem okay? Your answer is more than likely going to be no. Sadly, this is not the first time, and it will not be the last time we hear this scenario.

Time and again, people all over the world driving Toyota Prius' are being robbed, and getting angry. The issue is now where Prius owners ask for Toyota to do something about it.

Prius Owners Are Asking Toyota To Recall And Repair The Vehicles
"Is there any chance Toyota will confess they screwed up, order a recall and install that $300 protective metal plate that should have been there in the first place? How on earth did they not stamp the VIN on the most valuable and easy-to-steal part in the car?"

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Those are strong words from a Prius owner who had her converter stolen twice. She is furious with the scenario that allows low life thieves to profit off of hard-working people. Now, she and others like her are asking Toyota to do something about it. Their reply? You guessed it; they want what is working, what is working is Cat Security™.

Cat Security Is In Demand By Prius Owners
I have followed this story since the inception of it back in October of 2019. They have done nothing but try to get people to understand the issue at hand and then do something about it.

Now people are taking note of what is working, and they are asking for the product by name. "There is a $225 product called Cat Security. It is a shield that bolts to the bottom of a Prius, which blocks access to the car." writes one Prius owner to another who is seeking to protect their vehicle from theft.

Stolen Toyota Prius Catalytic Converter

What is interesting is this. Prius owners are asking Toyota to take the Cat Security protective shield and install it on their cars. Following the story like I have, I find this bit of information amazing. People do not want a Toyota repair; they want a repair that they know is working.

What People Are Saying About Cat Security
I own two Gen 2 Toyota Prius personally, so you can imagine that when I heard my car was at risk and what the repair bill could be, I lost my cool.

If I had to shell out thousands of dollars to repair my car because someone wanted a quick buck, I would want to hold the manufacturer responsible. That is a cost that should not have to be incurred unless the converter did fail.

Toyota Hybrid Shop only installs Cat Security Shields to help Prius owners

When I learned, I could protect my Prius; I bought shields for both of my cars. I am not the only one that thinks Cat Security™ is a great idea, though. I went and pulled some reviews to see what other people were saying about them too.

One product user writes, "After the cat on our Prius was stolen, we were looking to help secure it. Insurance said to build a garage for the car (we live on a steep slope, a garage would be costly). One of the cops who came out said there were plates available that would help secure the unit. I ordered this device and had our mechanic install it. If someone wants to steal the cat, they'll have to drill out the rivets and somehow undo the security screws."

How about that insurance company telling owners to build an entire garage for their car? That is ludicrous.

Conclusion
I think Toyota Motor Corp does need to step in and help out their owners. This is a raging problem that is impacting people everywhere in the world. The fact that Prius owners are calling on Toyota to make it right is not surprising to me in the least. The most surprising thing is that they are asking for a non-Toyota repair.

My question to Toyota is this: What are you going to do to help these owners, and when are you going to do it? Maybe it is time to start a petition to get the attention of Toyota Motor.

Thank you all for reading. I hope you have a fantastic Monday and your Prius is safe. Until next time! 3 Ways To Help Increase Acceleration On Your Toyota Prius

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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter is also an Instructor of Automotive Technology at Columbia Basin College. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporters.


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Honestly if it were me and my cats had been stolen twice in a row, I would've asked the mechanic to weld the them in place. Might be easy to drop a cat, but once you have to sawzaw the whole exhaust apart or drop the entire exhaust front to back, it becomes a lot less viable to try and steal someone's cat out of their driveway or parking spot lol
I have a 2002 Prius first generation and mine was stolen as well.
Pretty stupid sounds like a bunch of stuck up Prius owners just don't wanna have to shell out money for something that's on the market why just Prius owners of anything hold the people stealing it accountable and the people who enforce the laws also the scrapers paying for it
Sounds like you haven’t experienced having your catalytic converter stolen. Of course hold the people who stole it accountable but don’t make it so damn easy for them to steal.
I would like to be part of the petition to get Toyota to install it. Is there an active petition, if not, how do we begin one?
Cat stolen twice! We deserve to be heard! 500 dollar deductible each time!
I just spent 2,800 dollars on my prius cat. This is ridiculous. Toyota should reimbursed us with a legitimate receipt and bring the prices down on this cats..
My city makes the places that buy them take down peoples ID if they sell them and they crack down on those things so it doesn't happen too much anymore.
Why should Toyota have to pay for what thieves do? When the cars were built, the platinum, palladium, and rhodium inside the cat was not worth nearly what it is now. They used to be worth a few hundred dollars to the refinery. Now they are worth about a thousand. Is it Toyota's fault that the prices of the precious metals went up and caused a trend in theft? No. There should be a security shield from the factory? No other cars have that. A honda accord catalytic converter is worth close to what a Prius cat is worth. Blame the damn thief! Not the manufacturer! Better yet, blame the EPA for forcing the need for such expensive precious metals due to super stringent emissions regulations.
I think platinum is actually cheaper than it was 15 yesterday ago believe it or not. If this were South Africa someone would wire the hybrid high voltage battery to the cat when it's off and when they go to cut it would get electrocuted. I remember they had a Mercedes years ago with flame throwers underneath I'd someone tried to car jack you. Was probably a parody but still looked cool
This is a b.s. ad desguised as an article. I blocked all future stories from this website.
If thieves steal something from your car, it's the car manufacturer's fault? This is insane. If you're expecting Toyota or any other manufacturer to build a thief-proof vehicle, you are out of your minds.
My Prius CC was stolen...Its Toyota's fault for building it so easy to take. People should STOP buying those cars until Toyota takes responsibility and recall all the Toyotas Prius and fix that wrongs business they planned! Everyone who owns a Prius has the right to complaint and correct this issue!
if you believe its toyotas problem `you` have thieves in your neighborhood... you`re out of your mind. this actually gave me a good laugh^^ why don`t you sue the wheel manufactuerer if your rims gets stolen while your at it. or the wallet maker if your wallet gets lifted off you
"...Its Toyota's fault ..." WRONG! It's you fault for buying the car that can have the cc stolen!
I don't see why Toyota should step in and help since it's not a part defect issue. I've been a Toyota tech for 22 years and they do plenty to help out the customers with all kinds of Customer Support Programs when there are defective parts issues involving expensive parts. I just replaced a brake master cylinder and a pump on a 2014 Camry Hybrid and it was covered under a support program. It would have cost the customer at least $2500 parts and labor.
If any significant part on a car can be stolen in seconds and a part as valuable as the catalytic converter on a Prius or any vehicle, I'd say that car part is defective. I'm thinking, for sometime Toyota knew how they made the catalytic converters on earlier Prius was a problem and should have notified owners to offer purchase of security devices. Toyota can have their dealership send tons of emails for customers to buy new cars and other stuff. So I think it can be proven that they knew and did absolutely nothing. Is it a crime? Well in some states, it is illegal and an environment health hazard to drive these cars without a catalytic converter. Perhaps, on this basis Toyota can be held liable for what they failed to disclose to Prius owners.
My 12 Volt battery dies if I don't drive for 5 or 6 days .2016 prius 4 touring. Is any one else having this problem ? Is it normal ?
It is normal for a battery to die if a vehicle has been sitting for some time as most vehicles still consume power while sitting to maintain internal memories and your radio stations and stuff like that. HOWEVER... a few days is too short. 12 volt car batteries generally have a sub five-year lifespan which is why most manufacturers don't put more than a two or three-year warranty on them. Your 2016 is due for a new one. If you're having strange random electrical system issues, they'll probably straighten out when you change the battery.
It's Toyota's responsibility to deliver a functioning device. If one lives in an area with high crime it is one's own responsibility to protect one's investment. Spend the money, buy the plate, stop whining.
To the "one product user". Thanks for giving the instructions on how to remove the catalytic converter shield.
Whilst I have every sympathy with the owners suffering theft of their catalytic converters it must be noted it's the result of criminal activity which is nothing to do with Toyota. My question is who's buying these stolen cat's and what are law enforcement doing about it ? Perhaps Toyota could discount the price of the cat protectors as a gesture but they aren't responsible for the thefts.
they should increase the price on the cats ..on account of their customers being this incredible level of thick
Just go Electric.
Why is this a Prius only issue? Aren't all ICE vehicles vulnerable to the secondary catalytic converter being stolen because it is along the bottom of the vehicle?
Mainly two issues here. If your car part, car or any other property is stolen, it is not manufacturer's fault. Second thing, if you are keeping your autoinsurance, insurance company should be paying for it. So you should go after insurance company and thief. Work with your legislators to enact law that you have right to protect your properties by hard during your car with electricity or your premise with automatic guns to take care of thieves without getting prosecuted. Unfortunately thieves have more rights in this country.
The same day this article came out and suggested to me by google, my cat was stolen off my prius. Makes me think they might have read same article, it may be raising awareness to a serious problem but may infact be doing more harm than good. Invitation for desperate thieves...
After being woken by a theif in the middle of taking one from a neighbor, the next morning I was able to get a metal plate installed for around $300 to prevent this exact theft from happening. Until Toyota gets their act together, PROTECT YOUR CAR... ask your car guys if they are doing this. If not, find one that is.
I got mine stolen last night even though it had some type of "protection" the rebar didn't do much, I also had a car alarm. I was just getting stable and putting some money into savings, this is a big financial set back for me.