Are Hybrid Vehicles Like the Toyota Prius Too Quiet?

If you’ve ever been out walking, jogging or cycling and had a close encounter with a motor vehicle, you know how scary it can be. In fact, approximately 125,000 accidents occur each year between pedestrians and automobiles. Of that number, roughly 2,800 involve so-called “quiet cars,” like hybrid and electric vehicles.

Regulators brought these concerns to the government and, in 2010, Congress passed a law stating that these vehicles must use some sort of noise-generating device to alert individuals of their presence on the road.

Who would have ever imagined that a Toyota Prius could be too quiet?

Whatever your thoughts on this, we’d love to hear them here at Capitol Toyota. We have a great selection of hybrid and other Toyota vehicles to browse on our lot and in our showroom in Salem, Oregon. Additionally, our professional technicians would be happy to take a look at your vehicle at your next scheduled maintenance or repair appointment in our service center.

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