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Toyota Prius Slammed With Lawsuit Over Self-Destructing Windshield

If you own a 2016 - 2018 Toyota Prius, listen up. Toyota is being hit with a lawsuit that could affect your safety. Here is what you need to know about the problem: namely the self-destructing windshield.


Toyota is not new to lawsuits, especially with Prius. There have been many lawsuits over the years for various things. This current self-destructing windshield lawsuit is pretty interesting. Here is what you need to know about the 2016-2018 Toyota Prius lawsuit.

What Is The Prius Lawsuit About?
There is an alleged defect that can cause the windshields of 2016-2018 Prius to crack unexpectedly at any time during normal driving. There are 57 pages about the complaint, including points at which the windshield can self destruct at any time. The problem with the Prius windshield can happen when parked or while traveling at high speeds.

2016 Toyota Prius Limited Teal ColorWhat Could Happen To You In Your Prius?
A windshield that self destructs could be nothing short of a disaster. The structural integrity of the main cabin relies upon the windscreen in the event of an accident.

2017 Toyota Prius Prime

If the windshield is chipped or cracked, the risk of a more severe injury dramatically increases. Prius safety features such as ones equipped with the Saftey Sense package rely on a front-facing camera to have all the sensors work. Some of the features include lane departure warning, automatic high beams, steering assist, and others.

If these features are compromised, a driver or passenger could sustain more significant injuries in which the safety features are there to help prevent it.

What Can You Do About Your Prius?
The lawsuit is to help owners who have had this issue happen to get reimbursed to repairs that have been paid out of pocket. The claim states that Toyota has known about this issue. Toyota sold the Prius anyway, even with the problem.

If you are the owner of a 2016-2018 Prius and have had to replace your windshield, you can search on for more information on what you can do to seek compensation.

This lawsuit does not surprise me. Toyota and other manufacturers have always tried to hide things from the public. Otherwise, it costs them millions of dollars. No company wants to pay millions to fix a defect of they can get away with it.

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Steven D Haas (not verified)    January 25, 2021 - 1:48PM

Am shopping a hybrid. Test drove 2019 Camry XLE Hybrid and liked it until the finance guy pushes extended warranty. I was not aware of the high cost if the screen goes down (he said $6000). I walked. Had no idea. So - say your favored Prius Generation 2 - like a 2017 model? Does it also have high priced hi-tech things go wrong? I know the motor & transmission are great. Thanks for any thoughts on this. [email protected]

Reply to Steve (not verified)    January 25, 2021 - 3:52PM

Hi Steve, cars these days that are loaded with electronics are in my opinion a gamble. I feel Toyota has some of the best electronics on the market which is why I drive what I do. I feel the 4th Gen Prius (the 2016 -current) is a well-built machine.

Anything you buy these days can have issues. extended warranty in my opinion is a waste of money they hardly cover anything that actually goes wrong with the car.

Paula Johnson (not verified)    March 9, 2021 - 5:06PM

Hi I'm shopping to buy another Prius. I currently own a 2010 It was love after the first week of driving. I bought it from my friend, she did mention the oil problem so I keep an eye on that. I did have to get the hybrid batter rebuilt, but it was worth because my friend told me up front and sold it to me for a very good price. But my windshield for some problem has cracked in several places.? Now shopping for a new a model and not sure what year to buy, used of course. Passing my 2010 Prius to my daughter new driver with about 195,000 What model do you recommend? A Prius for sure will be my next car. Thanks for your time.