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Headlights problems of the 2008 Toyota Prius - part 1

322 problems related to headlights have been reported for the 2008 Toyota Prius.

car   Headlights problem 1
Failure Date: 07/15/2016

The headlights have started to randomly turn off -- sometimes just one or the other, other times both turn off at the same time, requiring that I turn them on again manually. This has happened a few times in the past week on the interstate, along a rural stretch with a 70mph speed limit in maine.

car   Headlights problem 2
Failure Date: 06/27/2016

Same issue as described here. .

car   Headlights problem 3
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

While driving the vehicle at night, the driver's side headlight goes off. The lights have to be turned on and off repeatedly to keep the headlight lit.

car   Headlights problem 4
Failure Date: 05/23/2016

Both headlights come on when turned on, however after an undetermined amount of time (the time frame varies) the drivers side hid light turns off. I am able to temporarily correct the problem by turning the lights off and then back on. This, however, is a huge safety issue, as I am unable to see the roadway during the time the lights are off (I drive on county roads where there are no street lights). I have replaced the bulb, however that did not fix the problem.

car   Headlights problem 5
Failure Date: 04/27/2016

While driving, high intensity headlights are unreliable - each side randomly turns off. This is a dangerous issue.

car   Headlights problem 6
Failure Date: 02/03/2016

I've got a 2008 Prius. One of the headlights keeps going out. I can't really tell when or how it goes out since I can't see it. I'll notice it when I see the reflection in the back of another car. If I turn the bright lights on and off it has no effect, but when I turn them all the way off and back on the light comes back. Sometimes on long trips it will stay on the whole time, sometimes it won't. Sometimes on short trips it will go out, sometimes it won't. It is not an event I can make happen.

car   Headlights problem 7
Failure Date: 01/16/2016

The hid headlights on my 2008 Toyota Prius touring model have numerous critical safety problems. The headlights go out completely and randomly at any time while driving. I have been thrown into complete blackness on windy country roads. I have had several vehicles swerve to avoid me as I have swerved to avoid cars, trees, curbs, poles etc. Furthermore, the lights are very dim causing further driving difficulty and danger with even worse performance in inclement weather. I have become very anxious and the lights going on and off distract and worry other drivers. It is so bad that I risk my life by driving the car at night.

car   Headlights problem 8
Failure Date: 01/11/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Prius. While driving approximately 50 mph, the headlights failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the headlights needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

car   Headlights problem 9
Failure Date: 01/08/2016

This is the intermittent headlight issue for 2008 Toyota Prius' a front headlight will go out, and if you turn off an on the lights, they both come back on. This first happened to me a few months back. The only suggestion to fix this is from Toyota which is to take the car to a dealer and for $550 they take off the bumper (do some trick), and put in new bulbs. Instead, I spent $180 for 2 new bulbs, and replaced them myself (without taking off the bumper and doing the trick), and it worked for 2 weeks before 1 or the other bulb intermittently goes off. At least they are brighter now, though this is 1) a safety issue as the lights act unpredictably, and 2) replacing headlights is on the order of changing a tire or windshield wipers. It's like changing a light bulb, no?! the real issue is the ballasts which as I understand it regulate the lights. These are not easy (for me) to fix. This only seems to happen on some cars, and I think that Toyota should replace the ballasts when this comes up. All the back and forth has left me with not great headlights (going off randomly) for 2 months now while I've been trying to figure this out. I hardly see why I should pay $550 at a dealer, when I'm not even sure that will fix the issue. I have requested Toyota (national) should fix the issue whatever it is (not have me keep going back for estimates and submitting them). Thank you.

car   Headlights problem 10
Failure Date: 12/17/2015

The headlights on my 2008 Toyota Prius are totally unreliable, have been replaced once, and now I find there was a class action lawsuit - and there should be one again. The dealer does not know what to do. They do not know if the bulbs or the headlight mechanism is flawed. The lights flicker, go out (both or each) unexpectedly, and while driving - this is terrifying. Turns out it is a well known problem and NHTSA has not addressed it fully. Most recent was at the dealer 12/17/2015, flickering, going out, and not properly going to brights. The bulbs cost $188/each. Ridiculous.

car   Headlights problem 11
Failure Date: 12/15/2015

Headlight went out on highway at 65 mph at night . Was very dark and created a blind spot on the left side of the car. I now find that Toyota knew about this and tells me to just turn the lights off and on and the headlight will come back on, thats fun at 60-70 mph. Very dangerous.

car   Headlights problem 12
Failure Date: 12/05/2015

Headlights go completely out or the right headlight goes out. . . Both situations are randomly occurring. I was driving on the beach line hwy. In florida, at night, on my way to the orlando airpirt, when my headlights went completely out. The beach lineis a 2 lane hwy. With no center barrier or median, no exterior lighting, and cars coming from the opposite direction going 60+ mph. Needless to say, it was a "white knuckle" experience. I thought that there was only something wrong with my car, but when I recently researched thus problem, I became aware that it effects 2006-2009 Prius's. Why hasn't there been a forced recall on Toyota to fix this serious safety issue? it needs to be addressed!.

car   Headlights problem 13
Failure Date: 11/20/2015

Bought the car in late October and the left front headlight has gone out twice.

car   Headlights problem 14
Failure Date: 11/05/2015

Left headlight goes out while setting still and while driving. On a ten mile trip the light will go out 6 - 10 times. Turning the light off and back on makes the light to burn again. I have been stopped by the police for this. When I stop I ,turn the headlamps off, when they tell me why I was pulled over for I play dumb and they instruct me to turn on my lights and dim them or put on high beam. They are left scratching there head and I'm on my way. This happens every time the vehicle is driven at night. Also happens setting still.

car   Headlights problem 15
Failure Date: 10/30/2015

Headlights intermittently flash off with no warning. Can not be repaired. Sometimes both flip off at same time. One goes out (or both) appr. Every 5-10 minutes of driving, or while car is stationary with lights on.

car   Headlights problem 16
Failure Date: 10/25/2015

The headlights on my 2008 Toyota Prius turn off sporadically sometimes one sometimes both very dangerous at night because they both turned off so I need to get ahold of somebody and see what I need to do to get this problem solved my name is janet cuaron and the phone number to reach me at is 505-489-8951. The lights turn off in all weather on country roads of the free way.

car   Headlights problem 17
Failure Date: 10/14/2015

Headlights short out intermittently. Both headlights have gone out, the left has gone out, the right has gone out. If I turn off the lights and flip them back on, they occassionally both come back on, or one comes back on or neither come back on. This is extremely dangerous at night. It has to be electrical. There's no way it's the bulbs, I've owned the car for a year and have blown through many bulbs already. This is getting expensive besides dangerous. This happens on bumpy roads, smooth roads, turning, going straight. I haven't found a certain thing that makes them turn off. This has been happening for a long time, but I can only choose one date below.

car   Headlights problem 18
Failure Date: 10/08/2015

While driving in the early morning before sunrise, several times, the headlights turned off suddenly. Frightening while on the highway. Luckily the lights turned back on. This happened at least 5 different times.

car   Headlights problem 19
Failure Date: 09/01/2015

Right headlight flickers and intermittently turns off and on. About a week ago both headlights turned off while driving. This has happened 2x in the past week and half. Luckily we turn them off then on and they have come back on each time. We have had the right headlight fixed several other times also. I just heard about the issues that other people have had which is why I am just now pursuing this.

car   Headlights problem 20
Failure Date: 08/09/2015

The headlights intermittently, and without warning, go out. This happens every time the lights are turned on. By quickly turning the lights off and then back on, they have thus-far turned back on. They will remain on for up to ten minutes. The turning off happens whether the car is moving ot not.

car   Headlights problem 21
Failure Date: 07/28/2015

Driving at night I noticed my headlights dimming. I turned on my high beams and my headlights went out completely and I was in the dark. I turned the headlights off and then back on again and they came back on at full light. I pulled to the side of the road and had my passenger check the headlights outside. The right front light was out and the drivers side was on. This had happened one time previously. I took my car into Toyota and they ran a check and told me that my right hid bulb was out, but that the left was still working. They replaced both bulbs and said I was good to go. I worry, from reading all of the complaints on 2006-2009 Prius headlights that this may or may not solve the problem. I consider this a safety hazard - losing lights at night. I have read there was a class action suit filed against Toyota in 2011, but still, nothing has been done by Toyota to fix this problem. The suit has ended and I am not able to claim anything. Still, I am worried that this will lead eventually to someone's accident. This needs to be investigated and solved. There are too many complaints dealing with this problem.

car   Headlights problem 22
Failure Date: 07/26/2015

Very dangerous situation. . . Was driving home from the mountins down a windy road and both headlights on my Toyota Prius failed. Brought car into Toyota of manhatten next day and had to have both headlights replaced for $530. $300 for the light bulbs and 230 for labor. Learned online that this is a common failure for 2008 Prius, and that there was a class action lawsuit that was settled too early and does not cover older vehicles with complete light failure.

car   Headlights problem 23
Failure Date: 07/10/2015

I've been told a few times I had a headlight out but half the time when I check it, it would be working. It's not just the headlight it's also the parking and front side marker light on the same side. These lights are expensive and should last a lot longer than 90k miles. Seeing how it works intermittently and more than one I don't want to waste money to replace it. If it's going to happen again like most complaints I've read about. I've tried when it was out to turn the lights off and back on. It would work. While you're driving in area with street lights you wouldn't know it's out. There's 1064 complaints at the time I write this. When is Toyota going to step up and correct this failure. Is someone at NHTSA looking into this issue?.

car   Headlights problem 24
Failure Date: 07/01/2015

Headlights flicker, dim, and eventually go out altogether while driving. I have replaced the 12v battery and it still occurs. Concerned for safety of myself and my family.

car   Headlights problem 25
Failure Date: 06/30/2015

Front left headlight suddenly goes out while driving or stationary but will come back on once I turn headlights off then on again. Happens constantly - at least 2-3 times per hour while I'm driving. I have to constant turn my lights off then on again to get the headlight to come back on. Nothing is wrong with the bulb - it is not burned out or dim - the whole headlight just turns off. This problem has been on-going since I purchased the car in June of 2015 and happens every time I drive it during the night. It is extremely dangerous - what if my other headlight goes out, too?.