There are details of the warranty and then there is a text box with the following explanation-----"Vehicles equipped with a California Certified Emission Control System that are registered and operated in California or any state that adopts California emission warranty provisions are covered by this warranty. Currently, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont are the only other states to which this warranty applies. Vehicles covered by this warranty are also covered by the Federal Emission Control Warranty (see page 14)"
Maryland has adopted the warranty provisions as of today. Not sure if it was 2007 or 2011, (after I purchased the car) but I read this as applying to states that adopt it in the future too. I don't know how to ask the State Attorney General what exactly Maryland law is. What I have found is COMAR 26.11.34.01 which says , "The purpose of this chapter is to implement the requirements of the Maryland Clean Cars Act of 2007 by establishing regulations implementing California's motor vehicle emission standards."
Basically I have a 2006 Toyota Prius with 86,000 miles that needs a new hybrid transmission for $5000+ which would be covered by the California emission warranty. Thanks for any insight.
I don't know that much about auto mechanics but have recently been reading up. Toyota's TSB from 2008 that applies to my specific problem says that the problem is covered under the California emission warranty. TSB 0306-08. Supposedly there is a revised TSB that omits that warranty wording but I haven't seen it myself. Prius doesn't really have a "transmission" it is a transaxle which includes a generator and a motor that are listed as "Hybrid" components. It has both gas and electric components. The 2012 warranty lists the transaxle as a warranteed part of the Hybrid system for the California emission control warranty. The TSB is listed under "electrical/battery". From online forums it appears that Toyota hasn't treated this problem consistently but it definitely seems to be a problem. I could use a Prius expert and a legal expert and some good luck. I really liked the car until now. Thanks for your help.
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