Toyota and Honda place decals with a toll-free number
on their hybrid battery packs to encourage and
streamline recycling. Toyota offers a $200 bounty to
ensure that every battery is ultimately recycled.
Dismantling guides were developed to educate and assist dismantlers in the safe handling of hybrids.
Those first at the scene of an accident involving a
hybrid vehicle may be faced with electrical shock hazards not found at traditional car wrecks. Links to First Responder Guides are available.
Toyota has prepared dismantle & emergency response guides for hybrid vehicles. Toyota hybrid vehicle (HV) batteries are recyclable for the life of the vehicle. To encourage recovery and recycling efforts, each HV battery is labeled with instructions to contact a Toyota dealer or Customer Experience Center. Toyota has established specific procedures to ensure the recovery/shipping, safety precautions, and proper recycling of the HV battery. When a dealer receives a complete HV battery from any business entity (i.e., salvage yard), the dealer should pay a $150 recycle fee and then follow safe handling procedures as described in the applicable vehicle’s Emergency Response Guide, Vehicle Specific Repair Manual or Dismantling Manual. Download the Guide to Toyota HV Batteries Disposition.
Emergency responder training material is also available at the Toyota TIS website.
Toyota/Lexus Hybrid Dismantling Manuals
Guides were developed to educate and assist dismantlers in the safe handling of Toyota/Lexus Hybrid vehicles. Dismantling procedures are similar to other Toyota/Lexus vehicles with the exception of the high voltage electrical system. It is important to recognize and understand the high voltage electrical system features and specifications of Toyota/ Lexus hybrid vehicles.
Download Dismantle Guide for (pdf format)
Hybrid Emergency Responder Training
The hybrid safety training presentation was developed as a resource to train emergency responders on the safe operation of hybrid vehicles. The first link provides the ability to view the presentation, while the second link is a zip file that contains the presentation that can be played from a local system, along with Instructor Notes and a Student Handout.
General Motors (GM) Product Life Cycle website has an extensive library of GM vehicles dismantle procedures.
The End of Life Vehicle information for Recycle My Battery has GM hybrid vehicle information.
GM hybrid vehicles contain a new intermediate voltage (IV) or high voltage (HV) battery pack. It is important to understand that these new “IV/HV” batteries can be recycled. Recycling of batteries conserves natural resources since metals within the batteries can be recycled. Download GM Recycle My Battery Guide (pdf format)
GM Service Technical College for First Responders including Emergency Responder Training information on GM hybrid vehicles and airbag pretensioners. These guides are intended to help apply existing knowledge of performing extrications safely when responding to a GM vehicle involved in an emergency situation, and are for informational purposes only.
FORD Hybrid Emergency Response Guides
Honda Hybrid Emergency Response Guides
Volvo This comprehensive dismantling guide is not for hybrid vehicles but does a nice job of defining all aspects of the dismantling process with great graphics and a complete discussion of waste disposal.
Hybrid Guides for all makes of hybrid vehicles
Hybrid Vehicle Emergency Responder Guides