Toyota Prius Batteries Being Targeted by Thieves

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The newest target for car thieves might surprise you.

The Toyota Prius hybrid has become popular among car thieves in San Francisco, but they aren’t even taking the entire vehicle. Instead, thieves are finding a way to quickly steal the hybrid’s battery, which has joined the list of high-dollar items that thieves steal to resell. In the past, thieves targeted catalytic converters and airbags, but now the money is with hybrid car batteries, which are quite expensive to replace if you’re the owner. According to one victim, John Nashed, there has been a rash of Prius battery thefts with his Allstate insurance adjuster confirming that they are working on three other cases with the same issue.

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Removing a Toyota Prius battery isn’t an easy job and is actually quite dangerous if you’re not a professional, considering the battery’s 200 volts could cause serious injuries. Batteries are showing up on Craigslist for around $900 to $1,000 said Nashed, whose repairs will cost an estimated $10,000. One Toyota dealership in San Francisco confirmed the rise in theft, saying they’ve replaced “quite a few” stolen batteries. The Japanese automaker is looking for a better way to protect the batteries from thieves.

[Source: ABC 7 News]

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  • smartacus

    aw man! and we just got finished discussing dwindling loyalty for hybrids.

  • smartacus

    and then there’s that sad story that just came out of Southern California about two UC San Diego students killed in their Prius.

  • danwat1234

    horrible

  • Mike

    Gas prices aren’t gonna stay low forever. Hybrids and electric vehicles will again pick up in sales. Americans have short memory spans. And we’ll be back into another bad economy because of poor economical choices.

  • Mike

    What was the nature of the accident? The Prius is a very safe vehicle. But with tons of mammoth SUV’s no car is really safe nowadays.

  • smartacus

    the other vehicle wasn’t a mammoth SUV. It was a small pickup. Not sure if it was a Tacoma or Ranger, but it was a regular cab with no lift or big wheels on it.

  • smartacus

    I agree, the Saudi price war on shale oil is not gonna prevent the gas tax from going up or prevent convenient refinery shutdowns every time the price goes too low.
    But State governments are gonna screw the pooch when it comes to tax per mile driven… unless hybrids all start wearing 24’s like Donks.

  • Mike

    I don’t know what you’re trying to get at. The other vehicle weighed more, considerably at that. Do the math genius. It could have easily been a Chevy Volt in the same situation. It is what it is. Enough of the Toyota hate. Their reliability is at the top, they sell more vehicles in the world than any manufacturer, the re-sale is phenomenal, and it doesn’t hurt that Toyota alone made more in profit last year than GM, Ford, and Fiat/Chrysler COMBINED, all the while pouring billing into the US economy and giving thousands of Americans jobs while GM and Ford manufacture in Mexico and China.

  • smartacus

    I don’t know what you’re getting at, but I Did do the math and yes I AM a genius.
    The pickup did not weigh “more, considerably at that” because the Prius weighed more, considerably more at that.
    3.068lb pickup + 1 passenger < 3.050lb Prius + 5 passengers

    Yes anything can be considered Toyota hate, the term is called "paranoia". I don't know why you bring up Toyota reliability being at the top. Nobody was even talking about Toyota unreliability or unintended acceleration or Takata airbags or Akio Toyoda himself blaming their disastrous reliability issues on over-expansion.

    Hey, I'm so glad you admire Toyota profitability so much. Thery don't even need partnerships with Subaru, Mazda, Yamaha, GM , BMW, etc.

    I'm so glad you believe Toyota is not building factories in Mexico like GM and FORD you say. Except that little One Billion Dollar factory in Guanajuato which will be making Corollas for export to places like…United States. Or the factory in Mexico that makes the Tacoma. Oh and I'm sorry to tell you this but the Camry being made in Indiana is in a Subaru factory. Thank Subaru for that profitable Camry and for those jobs.

  • Mike

    I’ve dealt with your type before. All you need to do is read your history and see your Toyota hate and Government Motors love. You speak half truths. The NEXT generation Corolla will be built in Mexico. Ford and Government Motors has been doing it for decades. How American of them. And Toyota reliability is at the pinnacle year after year. There is no problem with Toyota reliability, as you care to propose. You’re a total Toyota hater. And the Prius is an extremely safe and reliable vehicle, just like all Toyota vehicles, even their tiny Yaris. Have a seat son. You’re not gonna bullshiite me.

  • smartacus

    I’ve dealt with your type before. all you need to do is read your history and see your Toyota love and fear of anything that even sounds otherwise. You accuse me of speaking half truths which even if it were true, is still better than what you speak.
    You are trying to lie that you are educating me about the next Corolla being made in Mexico when I JUST GOT FINISHED EDUCATING YOU about it
    FORD in Mexico for decades??? What do you have against the F650 commercial truck? oh butthurt because Toyota doesn’t make one?
    Toyota reliability at the pinnacle every year? Because of all those recalls that even Consumer Reports had to beg them to recall? Is that why Akio Toyoda was pissed off about their reliability issues?
    *your modus operandi is simple: come out of nowhere accusing me of Toyota hate, you throw out a bunch of falsehoods, you make me address every single one, you reject every single one as Toyota hate, you don’t know a single solitary thing of what you are talking about. I see it and I’m trying to be nice about it.
    Have a seat, son, You are never gonna bullshite me.
    Nobody is talking about GM except you because you are desperately trying to find something, anything to salvage your lost argument (that you started out of your paranoia that someone may be saying something bad about Toyota)
    Look you not only lost but you made yourself out to be a total loser. I’m more than happy to let you make me feel good about myself, so keep it coming 😀