These are man-made products. They are not divinely crafted. They will have issues. Refer to my post earlier in this thread about the recalls. Every major maker including Honda and Nissan which I left off for space will have at least 300,000 to 500,000 recalls every single year. Without fail. On my 2005 there has been two major safety issues, 'stalling' and a needed steering reinforcement. In addition it's currently subject to the bogus floormat / pedal gap recall from November ( non-safety because the scenario where it might occur and cause a hazard is impossible to happen ). The Gen 2 Prius has been and continues to be the top-rated most reliable and most dependable family-sized vehicle in CR's, JD Powers' and True Delta's rankings. Even with all those issues??? Yes even with all those issues. The customer satisfaction reflashing of the Gen 3's will be done soon and this dustup will pass into vague misty memory for the huge number of satisfied owners who like me have never experienced any such issue. For those looking to be disappointed. for those pretending to be horrified owners, for those uber-sensitive to any and all deficiencies, well these will likely move on and this issue too will pass into vague misty memory. Life moves on.