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Headlights Problems of Toyota Avalon - part 1



Toyota Avalon owners have reported 127 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

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Failure Date: 11/21/2015

The headlights for the Avalon only work intermittently. The lighting system will work when the vehicle is first started and after a few minutes, one of the lights will no longer work. In the dark, this creates a safety concern for oncoming cars and limits our ability to see people and other items in the road.

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Failure Date: 11/02/2015

The high beam lights are known to explode on some 2008 and 2010 models. My high beam lights exploded with 66,000 miles on the vehicle. This problem happened while my vehicle was in motion. I routinely drive in an area with a heavy deer population. I cannot see these hazards at night with out high beams. Toyota had an extended warranty on this issue (5 years, 70,000 miles). Since my car is over warranty in years but not miles, Toyota refuses to replace the headlight assemblies. They are telling me the cost will be over $2,000. I consider this a safety hazard and am very upset that Toyota will not fix this problem on my $40,000 top of the line Toyota. I am filing this complaint to the dot, ntsb, and attorney general. You can contact me at 850. 865. 5203. Tim swope, 617 kilcullen dr. , niceville, FL 32578.

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Failure Date: 09/11/2015

Took my car to the local dealer too have headlights looked at because a police officer pulled me over for "no headlight passenger side". When I turned the lights on for him, it came back on. Then I found both high beams burned out and the drl's also did not work. So, off to the dealer. They found both high beam bulbs exploded, and could not reproduce anything else / find any other problem. They removed the high beam bulbs but neglected to inform me. Now after some research I found out these problems are known to Toyota. They extended the warranty to 72,000 miles, but, would not cover my car that I bought from them with 82,000 miles on it. . . My car now has 97,000 miles on it but nothing does me any good when the lights go out crossing the rocky mountains in the middle of the night. . . Talk about a aha moment. It is a complete safety issue wether they admit it or not. . I have bought my 3 cars for the same dealership / salesman. . . My life and the lives of my family are way more important than a headlight issue. I have replaced the high beam bulbs myself, now working on the low beams because I have been told they will go out soon.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Avalon 4
Failure Date: 08/05/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the headlights go on and off intermittently. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 165,000. Ad.

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Failure Date: 07/30/2015

When coming back from a short trip I noticed that the right side low beam headlamp was out. Then one day the light was on again then the next it is out. Now it rarely comes on so I. Called my Toyota dealer and they said it would be at least $200 for new low beam light bulb. I then took it to a reputable repair shop and they said that the bulb was not bad but the ballast was bad. They showed me a list of complaints from on line and they said there was a recall for that problem. Toyota says there is no recall. If this is such a common and expensive problem there should be a recall. I researched several web sites and there are numerous complaints about headlight problems on the 2008 Avalon. Some problems exactly like mine others a little different but all are about malfunctioning headlights.

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Failure Date: 06/22/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the passenger side headlight was completely distorted and inoperative. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the passenger side bulb housing assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was included in the manufacturer's recall: csc-10042925-9889 (exterior lighting), but it was expired. The approximate failure mileage was 22,919.


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Failure Date: 03/09/2015

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that the high beam headlights failed to operate and caused the low beams to malfunction. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the headlight assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 31,000.

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Failure Date: 03/01/2015

Total failure of both high beam headlights. Toyota refuses to consider this a warranty item. Although this is a safety item in n. Y. State, Toyota does not feel that this is a safety issue. Upon checking the internet, I find that my problem is not an isolated case.

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Failure Date: 01/14/2015

January 14th 2015 while driving during the night, all of the headlights except for low beams quit working. This caused a dangerous condition while driving in the country on unlighted roads because of requiring to drive substantially below the speed limit. These headlights had been replaced because one of them burned out on Dec 7, 2011 when the car had 38,640 miles on it. We were told the original bulbs were defective and the new bulbs would resolve the issue. After the work was completed we found out that there was a recall and we eventually were reimbursed. When these bulbs burned out we were told by two dealers (sebring, FL and cleveland, TN) that the real problem was the modules and that they would need replaced at a cost of well over $2,000. Total time for replacements lasted 3 years 1 month and ~62,000 miles. 3 sets of headlights required in slightly over 5 1/2 years of ownership. Toyota USA has refused to stand behind their car.

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Failure Date: 01/09/2015

No high beam headlights just low beam. Hard to see. We got this used car 1 1/2 yrs ago without highbeams. Toyota wants to chg me 500$ to fix the problem and I have the extended warranty for and extra 2000$. I found a letter to the previous owner that these headlamps may have a short life and they wiil be replaced with new assembly and new bulb. I called Toyota customer service and got only aggrevation. No satisfaction on helping me to replace this expensive bulb problem which occurred. I think Toyota should have rectified this before selling it to us. It is their problem to replace this assembly and new bulbs not mine. They sold us a malfunctioning headlamp unit.


 
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Failure Date: 12/23/2014

The low beam headlights go out intermittently can get no satisfaction from the dealer and the other dealer will not even return the phone call there has been no accident yet.

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Failure Date: 12/22/2014

Turned on engine and turned on high beams. Bulbs shattered. Took to the bobby rahal dealer. Told that the extended warranty of five years had lapsed. Was under the 72000 mileage limit, however. . Had to pay $166 to just replace the bulbs. To replace the entire housing would cost $900. This is a factory design defect and the warranty was extended to take care of the problem with the installation of a redesigned housing. If the design was faulty from the onset, why aren't all headlight assemblies being replaced at no cost to the owner? the internet contains hundreds of similar complaints. There have been no reported fatalities so I guess this expensive repair is the owner's responsibility. . . .

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Failure Date: 11/15/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. While driving 35 mph, the high beam headlight bulb exploded and the low beam headlights shut off. After turning off and restarting the vehicle, the low beam headlights became operable. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that both headlight clusters failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

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Failure Date: 10/17/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the headlights shut off and no warning indicators illuminated. The contact stated that the failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the headlights needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. Pam.

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Failure Date: 10/08/2014

Car is driven about 2,000 miles per year, city driving and mostly during the daytime. No real need for high beams while driving. Unsure when the problem happened, but I was a long journey in the country and high beams were needed. Unable to have them on. After the trip called the dealership, brought in for repair. Was told that both headlight lens assemblies were needed to the tune of over $900. I was told that the warranty extension for 5 years or 72,000 miles only. At the time the car was purchased I paid for the extended warranty for the 7 year plan. I was told that under this warranty headlights were not covered. This car is completely out of warranty. Research on the internet shows that this car has major issues with the headlight len assemblies. Why did not Toyota issues notices to the consumers about this issue? or a recall? there is a major problem when it is with the same problem with this make/model.

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Failure Date: 09/24/2014

My Toyota Avalon's headlights started going off intermittently and then I noticed my right headlight was out altogether. Since it came and wen,t I let it go for awhile but now it is most of the time on both low beams. This is a serious safety problem since both low beams could go out at the same time. Toyota recognized a design problem with the system a number of years ago and extended their warranty to 5 years or 75000 miles. I never received a notice from them but it could be because it came about around the time I was buying the car used. Now I find out that the high beam cannot be replaced without changing out the entire assembly for $1200 for each side. Toyota tells me they will not help me out whatsoever and want me to fork out $2500 to fix a problem their engineers caused!!.

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Failure Date: 08/04/2014

My 2008 Toyota Avalon has a defective passenger daytime running light/high beam. Documented defect and Toyota issued a warranty enhancement to increase the coverage to 5 year/ 72000 mile to cover replacement but only if you have an issue. There was no recall. 6 years out and under the mileage limit I am stuck paying for a $2500 repair for something that should have been a recall. I don't see how having headlights that are known to be defective would not be considered a safety issue. If high beams were not needed than they wouldn't be on the car. Can't alert oncoming traffic to a potential traffic safety condition ahead. Can't turn on high beams on country road to safely see far enough ahead to prevent potential road hazards. Not having high beams is definitely a safety issue.

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Failure Date: 07/27/2014

I own a 2008 Toyota Avalon. While driving at approximately 55 mph on a highway, I attempted to turn on the high beam headlights which failed to activate. The vehicle was taken to a Toyota dealer for a diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the high beam bulbs failed in the headlamp assembly as a result the headlamp assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer knows about this defect and has extended the warranty to 5 years or 75000 miles, whichever occurs earlier. My car has completed 5 years, but the milage is below 75000. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000. The manufacturer should be asked to replace the defective parts with out any charge.

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Failure Date: 07/23/2014

While driving on a 2 lane mountain road at night I turned the high beams off for oncoming traffic and when I turned them back on there was a bright flash and the high beams no longer worked. Toyota has issued a technical service bulletin that reads: "on some 2008-2010 Avalon vehicles, the high beam/drl bulb may become inoperative or shatter. A newly designed high beam/drl housing assembly (including the applicable bulb) is available in the event this condition has occurred. " Toyota will provide the replacement under warranty if the vehicle is under 5 years or 70,000 miles. Originally they issued the bulletin authorizing replacement for 36 months or 36,000 miles and subsequently increased it to 5 years, 70,000 miles. My 5 years was up on March 20, 2014. The local dealer quoted me $2,583. 88 for the repair. It seems to me that this is a definite safety issue that should have been recalled, since it involves the headlights. While high beams are not always required, 2 lane roads at night are certainly safer using high beams.

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Failure Date: 07/12/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph on a dark road, the contact attempted to turn on the high beam headlights which failed to activate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for a diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the high beam bulbs fractured in the headlamp assembly as a result the headlamp assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,300.

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Failure Date: 06/06/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that both the driver and passenger side headlights malfunctioned without warning. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 36,600.

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Failure Date: 06/01/2014

I don't remember the exact time & date this started, but it is continuous & repetitive. The headlights consistently turn off while driving. For a trip of about ten miles, I can expect for one or both to fail about three times. It's dangerous. I was told that the company has sent notifications to the dealers but are refusing to administer a recall. They offered me a $750 credit to have it repaired. However, as you can see from the many previous complaints about this problem, it costs over $2,000 to fix it (and that's not a guarantee). This is a design flaw. Therefore, it should not be affected by a warranty. I'm shocked at the volume of complaints about this issue with no actions by the company. They are morally (if not ethically and legally) obligated to issue a recall and repair their r&d failure.

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Failure Date: 05/21/2014

On servicing of model xls, service adviser noted that hi beam/drl's were not functioning. Investigation revealed exploded halogen lamps. Correction required a redesigned replacement of both headlight assemblies, as noted in TSB 44-0010, at an approx. Cost of $900. 00 . This was apparently due to a design flaw in the original headlight housing which allowed overheating and caused the lamp explosion. The TSB recognized this condition but does not replace the defect after a provided warranty extension to 5 years/72,000 miles. The loss of high beam lighting is a safety issue which can go undetected until needed. Although daytime running lights, (drl's), are not required, they do provide the required lighting during times when windshield wipers are required (rain, snow, sleet. Loss of either affects driving safety.

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Failure Date: 02/12/2014

The headlight high beams went out while driving. This is a known defect and Toyota is not addressing. They want 3500 with labor to fix this issue. Should be a recall. Headlights going out at night at unpredictable times should be paid by Toyota.

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Failure Date: 02/09/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, both high beam headlights malfunctioned without warning. The failure occurred on one occasion. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the head lamp assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 4,500.