Surprised binding 2004 shifter has not resulted in a recall

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  1. IMkenNY

    IMkenNY Im just being nosy

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    I recently resurrected a high mileage (243,000 mile) 2004 Prius that was destined for the scrap yard due to a failed head gasket and other minor issues including a binding shifter assembly.

    Many Prius chat members with a 2004 Prius have reported that their shifters can stick in the drive or reverse position due to a warped shutter and when this happens the park button is disabled (this condition had resulted in quite a surprise to me on more than one occasion).

    I was easily able to fix this issue by trimming a plate to make up for a warped shutter but I bet there are a lot of non MacGyver people still driving their unsafe sticking 2004 shifters due to the high price a dealer would charge to replace the shifter assembly.

    I filed an online NHTSA report.....hopefully my report and others can help the folks out there that are living with this saftey issue
     
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    How many Nhtsa complaints are there?

    You really need a boatload and some accidents/deaths are helpful to get some action
     
  3. IMkenNY

    IMkenNY Im just being nosy

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    It looks like 7 complaints (would 7 reports likely indicate 70 plus shifter failures?)
    I would hope it wouldn't take a death to become a recall :(
     
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    Me too. But unless it is a massive failure (think airbags) nhtsa is reluctant and mfgs could care less.

    Age sometimes plays a part as well
     
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    Yea... We know you like sitting around all day watching all those Youtube dash cam blooper reels...
     
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    Bet you haven't seen this one yet:
     
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    Who told you?:cautious:
     
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