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Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted
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Wreck Your Prius? Call in the Hazmat Team
The Emergency Response Guide distributed
to emergency medical service personnel by Toyota for its Prius electric car states thus: "The Prius carries a high
voltage system (about 300 volts), and its battery contains the highly alkaline electrolyte of the potassium
hydroxide solution. Careless handling of the damaged vehicle, therefore, may result in electrocution or severe
injury." Among the list of suggested "necessary items" for proper response: insulated gloves, goggles, 20 liters
of saturated boric acid solution, red litmus paper and a class D fire extinguisher.