Toyota Prius Owners Manual
If towing is necessary, we recommendyou to have it done by your Toyotadealer or a commercial tow truck service.
If towing service is not available in anemergency, your vehicle may be temporarilytowed by a cable or chain securedto emergency towing eyelet insideof front bumper. Use extremecaution when towing vehicles.
- Only use specified towing eyelet;otherwise your vehicle may be damaged.
- Never tow a vehicle from the rearwith four wheels on the ground.This may cause serious damage tothe transaxle.
A driver must be in the vehicle to steerit and operate the brakes.
Towing in this manner may be done onlyon hard−surfaced roads for a short distanceand at low speeds. Also, thewheels, axles, drive train, steering andbrakes must all be in good condition.
Use extreme caution when towing vehicles.Avoid sudden starts or erraticdriving maneuvers which would placeexcessive stress on the emergencytowing eyelet and towing cable orchain. The eyelet and towing cable orchain may break and cause seriousinjury or damage.
Use only a cable or chain specificallyintended for use in towing vehicles.Securely fasten the cable or chain tothe towing eyelet provided.
Before towing, release the parking brakeand put the hybrid transaxle in “N”. Thehybrid system must be in the “IG−ON”mode.
In the following cases, as the front wheelsmight be locked by means of the parkinglock mechanism, your vehicle cannot betowed by another vehicle using a rope.Have your vehicle carried with the frontwheels or all the wheels raised.
- If the parking mechanism fails.
- If the 12 volt battery is discharged.
If the hybrid system is not running,the power assist for the brakes andsteering will not work so steering andbraking will be much harder than usual.