Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2012 Prius v
To make a short story long, my dad had one of the Prius vs fobs in his pants pocket while he was mowing grass earlier this week. When my mom was doing laundry, she threw his pants into the washer without checking them.
Well, she discovered the fob had gone through a laundry wash cycle and she knows how expensive these fobs are
So she placed it on the table for 24-hours to let it dry out. The next day she took it to the car and locked and unlocked the doors with it so that worked. Next she got in, booted it up and starts the car just like normal.
Waterproof key fob? It must be as this just went through a wash cycle not 36 hours prior to the picture and it still worked!
I was over there last night and after she told me the story, I said I should have a look inside. Low and behold, the electronic board and transmitter unit are somewhat sealed in the plastic housing of the case from behind and a translucent cover form the front that when snapped together apparently form a somewhat waterproof barrier from water and moisture in leakage.
I have never before seen the inside of a Prius FOB so maybe they are all like this but I thought it was a great design and worthy of telling people about it.
In other words, do not throw your fob in the wash machine tonight but in case you accidentally do, there is a good chance no damage will occur and a very expensive replacement key fob will not be needed.
That was close.