If you’re a Prius owner, you may have encountered the dreaded “red triangle of death” on your dashboard. This warning light is an indication that something is wrong that could effect the hybrid system and requires immediate attention. For all vehicle owners, regular maintenance should come as second nature especially as most new cars remind us when an oil change is due or tire pressure level is low. However, in a Toyota Prius, the “red triangle of death” is similar to a check engine light on standard combustion vehicles.

The warning light could be something as simple as a low oil pressure warning, or it could mean something more. In the event your hybrid vehicle is experiencing a more serious issue, having the codes scanned and diagnosed is your first call to action.

In this article, The Hybrid Geek delves into common causes for the warning and how to quickly get you back on the road by fixing the red triangle of death in hybrid vehicles.

Here are some steps you can take if you experience the red triangle of death on your Prius:

  1. Pull over and turn off your car: The first thing you should do when you see the red triangle of death is to pull over and turn off your car. This will help prevent any further damage to your vehicle.
  1. Check the oil level or coolant level: The red triangle of death can sometimes be caused by a low fluid level. Check your fluid levels and add more if necessary.
  1. Take it to a mechanic or scan the OBD2 codes: If none of the above steps work, it’s time to take your Prius to a mechanic. They will be able to diagnose the problem and fix it for you.

Remember, the red triangle of death is a serious warning and should not be ignored. Take action immediately to prevent any further damage to your car.