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I especially like the final three lines of that article:

Manufacturers say they will continue to keep rescue personnel up to date on their hybrids. But they also contend that hybrids can be seen as safer than regular cars.

"Everybody's concerned about the electrical side, but could you imagine if we tried to bring gasoline out today as a motor fuel?" [Toyota service training instructor Chris] Peterson said.
 

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Ditto that, Richard. There are lots of things that would never get approved if they were brand-new concepts today:

Asprin.
The Hoover Dam. (or any dam for that matter)
Airplanes.
Submarines.
Gasoline-powered anything.
Chlorine.
Wastewater treatment plants.
Rocket ships.
Morphine.
Surgery.
Horses. (they pollute and can step on your foot)
Buggys. (too newfangled, too fast)
 

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BIF said:
Ditto that, Richard. There are lots of things that would never get approved if they were brand-new concepts today:

Asprin.
The Hoover Dam. (or any dam for that matter)
Airplanes.
Submarines.
Gasoline-powered anything.
Chlorine.
Wastewater treatment plants.
Rocket ships.
Morphine.
Surgery.
Horses. (they pollute and can step on your foot)
Buggys. (too newfangled, too fast)
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Let me add, according to some statistics I read awhile back, the automobile is second only to health care workers when it comes to causing accidental deaths in this country!
 

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From the link posted :
They know not to cut into a hybrid's doors that's where many of the cables are and to peel off the roof instead.
:shock: HV cables in the doors ? From which planet do their hybrids come from ?
 

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FUD

Toyota already publishes Emergency Response Guides for the Prius,
available for a nominal fee in print form, or a free download here:
http://techinfo.toyota.com/public/main/erg.html

(2001-2003 Prius here:
http://techinfo.toyota.com/public/main/1stprius.pdf )

(2004 Prius here:
http://techinfo.toyota.com/public/main/2ndprius.pdf )

Toyota Regions have also been known to do training seminars for local
first responders when asked. I think I've heard of Honda doing the
same.

Honda Canada also publishes their Emergency Response Guides for the
Honda Insight and the Honda Civic hybrid, also a free download:
http://www.honda.ca/HondaEng/YouAndYour ... tyinfo.htm


More safety information for emergency responders can be found here:
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/toy ... 011822061/

(I'll note that in my scanning through the above ERGs that in the Extrication sections they all explicitly state that the "cut zone" is the glass, roof, OR DOORS, just not the orange cables that run UNDER the car! There's usually a point in the front and the rear of the car to disconnect the hybrid system from the car, also...)
 

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Toyota also has a press release.

Toyota Press Release [toyota.com]

Toyota Prius Engine Safety in the Event of an Accident
For Immediate Release

(05/04/2004) Torrance, CA

The Toyota Prius gas-electric hybrid vehicle has many safeguards to help ensure safe operation for drivers and protection of emergency response professionals in the event of an accident. The high voltage batteries are contained in an extremely strong protective case located in a portion of the vehicle very unlikely to be penetrated in a collision. Drivetrain management computers continuously monitor all system functions performing hundreds of tests each minute. In the event an abnormal condition is detected, all high voltage circuits are disabled and high voltage is contained inside the protective case.

Further, two safety mechanisms are in place that shut off the engine and disconnect high voltage if an airbag is deployed or if there is a sudden deceleration indicative of an accident. High voltage cables and components are heavily insulated, shielded, isolated and the cables are painted bright orange for easy identification. The controller box is a sealed unit and has warning labels.

To reassure emergency response professionals when the Prius was introduced in 2000, Toyota placed advertisements in trade publications and sent letters to industry organizations announcing the availability and dissemination of Emergency Response Guides. Today, all Emergency Response Guides for Toyota's alternative fuel vehicles, including Prius, RAV 4 EV, CNG Camry and Highlander Fuel Cell Hybrid are available at Toyota's technical information web site and Toyota continues to advertise in appropriate professional publications.

Electrically driven Toyota vehicles like the Prius, RAV 4 EV and e.com have been available in the U.S. since 1998. Like all vehicles, they can be involved in emergency situations. They have established a good track record for electrical safety and we are not aware of a battery case breach or any personal injury in the U.S. related to hybrid or EV electrical systems.

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Contact:
Toyota Product News
 

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AP correction

Too bad that all the media outlets that picked up the original story didn't print the retraction:

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/storie ... TE=DEFAULT

May 7, 1:48 AM EDT

Correction: Hybrid-Car-Rescues Story




PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- In a May 4 story about hybrid cars, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the cables connecting the high-voltage batteries to the electric motors run through the doors. The cables run underneath the car.

In the Toyota Prius, the cables are routed below the floorpan, about 18 inches away from the driver's side door opening sills and are protected by a metal shroud. Toyota said the company has received no reports in the United States of any personal injuries related to the electrical systems in the five years since the Prius was introduced.

Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved.
 

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Re: AP correction

mrv said:
Too bad that all the media outlets that picked up the original story didn't print the retraction....
This is par for the course, and it's just one reason of many that people are increasingly getting their news from alternate sources. Because we want the whole story, not just the screaming-headline part of it.

Thanks for the clarification, Michelle. I knew there was no way the cables could run through the doors (what happens when you open them?), and it didn't seem reasonable that they'd run through the doorsills or roof, either.
 
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