Kathleen Ryan is still driving her Prius, though with a new inverter
“I really appreciate the opportunity to share this story because people who have these Priuses who have just had them recalled and assume that everything is OK – this could happen to them,” Ryan said.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration told CBS News it is “monitoring its complaints and will take action as appropriate.” NHTSA is asking owners who’ve had this problem to contact them. Toyota stresses it believes all Prius vehicles are safe, and they’re monitoring the issue
Toyota’s full statement to CBS News: “We believe Mr. Hogan’s allegations are without merit, and we intend to defend vigorously against his claims. The Prius inverter recall was implemented to enhance vehicle safety, and we remain committed to the safety and security of our customers. As a part of this commitment, Toyota continues to review and monitor available information on this issue. Toyota welcomes feedback from its dealers on vehicle performance and safety; however, we believe Mr. Hogan’s lawsuit is motivated primarily by a separate dispute he has with Toyota over management and succession issues involving his dealership, not the effectiveness of the Prius inverter recall.”