At the SEMA show in early November, Toyota announce a Affiliate Accessory Product Program (AAP) for the main brand and for Lexus. Instead of making customers go to after-sales For certain mods, AAP has included dozens of accessories from companies like ARB, Go Rhino, Rigid Industries, and Yakima. seller parts lists, making accessories available to order in stores and sometimes on the vehicle’s online configurator. Categories are also not limited to terrain equipment. Carscoops note that California company MillerCat has joined the list, one of the company’s tasks is to create metal shields for catalytic converters. For $140 plus dealer installation, Prius owners with a Cat Shield stand a better chance of keeping an auto part that could cost more than $1,000. new, and that the car won’t run without.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports 3,246 cat thefts nationwide in 2008. In 2020, theft rate increased to 14,433 cats325% increase from 2019. Those numbers only count thefts insured vehicle reported by the policyholder. The actual number is much higher. crossbreed are popular targets because their cats are larger and contain more precious metals such as palladium, platinum, and rhodium. The electrified powertrain does not run the continuous ICE duty cycle of a standard non-electrified powertrain, causing larger fluctuations in the catalytic converter temperature, which should be at around 500 to 800 degrees F for optimal performance. At the time of writing, a recycling company Scrap rhodium is worth about $410 a gram and there can be two grams of silver in the average catalytic converter. The amount of platinum and palladium can be up to 7 grams each. Pickup trucks and large displacement vehicles are also popular targets.
Prius Cat Shield is made from 5052 aluminum known for its strength and resistance to saltwater corrosion, and premium 304 stainless steel commonly known as “Inconel”, known for its corrosion resistance and toughness durable. The shield is attached with what MillerCAT calls a tamper-proof set of screws. No drilling is required and the device clamps onto existing hardpoints, so buyers can install it themselves if they want to skip the agency costs.
More members of the Toyota family can join the action. Cat Shield, part of MillerCAT focusing on shields, has been manufacturing these immobilizers for many years and provides protection since the 2004 Prius and various Prius family vehicles. There is a shield for 4 runner up, corolla, RAV4 Prime and Hybrid, Sequoia, Tacoma and Tundra Hybrid as well as at corporate locations. It is likely that some of these units will make their way under the Toyota aftermarket umbrella as part of the AAP program.