263 problems related to headlights have been reported for the 2008 Toyota Prius.
Driving down the road and the headlights just go out, after filpping the lights off and on, they come back on.
Well driving 65mph on freeway both headlights went off. Turning them off and on 2x worked. It happened 2 more times within 20min. I stopped driving and have not drove at night since. Luckily there waa a car close both times. It was dangerous and terrifying. There needs to be a recall ASAP.
Both of my cars headlights turn off intermittently and for no reason (the bulbs and ballasts have been replaced and are in working order). I will be driving down the road at night (interstate 70mph) and occasionally both headlights will just turn off. I have almost gotten in a wreck multiple times due to the fact I'm driving at night and out of nowhere my lights go out. This is a huge safety issue. When looking this up online, I'm not the only person with my year/make/model that is having this issue. This has been happening on and off since my vehicle was at 75,000 miles. Last night specifically I almost got in a wreck going 70mph on the interstate because of it. Many times I can turn the headlights off and back on again and one or both will work again.
While driving, the left hid headlight went off. Turning the lights off and then on allowed the left headlight to come back on. This problem has happened over a several week period. Headlight illumination is suddenly cut in half without any warning. This seems like a safety recall item to me.
On may 25, 2014, I was informed that one of my headlights was out. Upon doing some research, I discovered that many other Toyota Prius owners had the identical problem, and that following a class action suit, Toyota agreed to reimburse owners for repair of the faulty parts, but only up to 5 yrs/50k miles. My Prius had under 35,000 miles but was 9 months over the age warranty. The Toyota dealership charged $739. 19 to replace Toyota's defective headlight bulb along with their defective module, and Toyota refused to provide any relief for this known safety issue after the vehicle beyond 5 years. Toyota failed to issue a recall for this defective headlight issue, which of course is an issue of safety.
Right headlight continues to go off while driving down the road. My daughter drives this car now and got pulled over last Wednesday night and got a warning ticket for headlight being out. When she got home she noticed it out. She stopped the engine then restarted and the light came back on. Her friends have told her several times over the last 3 months that she had a light out, but every time she checked it was working. This is a huge safety concern, I looked it up on internet and see that many others are experiencing the same issue. Please help us Toyota!.
Since shortly after purchasing a new 2008 Prius I have had issues w/ 1 headlight going out while driving. If I pull over, shut the car off & restart it, the light usually comes back on. Sometimes I have to do this several times to get the light back on. The problem has escalated to both headlights going out at the same time. I was driving alone on a dark curvy road at 10pm going 35 & suddenly both of my headlights went off! I couldn't see a thing & was now driving in the pitch dark on a curvy road! I pulled over as quickly as I could & actually hit a mailbox because I couldn't see anything. If someone was walking their dog I would have run over them while trying to pull over. After continuously turning the car on & off, turning the lights on & off, turning the high beams on & off, I finally got the lights to go back on. While driving the rest of the way home,1 headlight went out. This is very dangerous. Not only are you left driving in the dark & no one else or other cars can see you but it causes panic as it is totally unexpected & how a driver reacts when this happens can cause an accident (if not having headlights doesn't do it). A new driver or older person driving when both headlights go out would certainly cause them to panic. I have been pulled over by police for having a light out. This problem started when the car was only a few months old; Toyota replaced the bulb under warranty; this did not solve the problem as the lights have continued to go out. Having 1 light out is bad but having both go out while driving is asking for an accident & for someone to get killed. If I can be ticketed for having a light out because the car is considered unsafe than a safety recall s/b issued. These cars are getting older; please re-open this investigation so that we don't have another gm ignition issue where people have died & we find out the problem was known about for years.
Right head light would go off on it's own. Light was replaced by dealer about a year ago. Now both headlights go out!!!!!!.
Low beam headlights have failed . Drivers right headlight fails mostly, but left headlight fails about 33% of the time. I have lost both headlights after a while and is extremely dangerous at night! we have had to stop driving at night because headlights will not stay on past 5 mins. I have looked into the class action lawsuit and at 60000 miles I do not qualify for the settlement. I am very concerned with the safety of my family. I hope Toyota finds a real fix for this problem, or the 1000+ dollar fix will be for nothing. At this point I have lost faith in Toyota and I hope this issue is addressed properly.
I was driving my 2008 Toyota Prius and the hid left headlight suddenly went out. While driving in the dark, I had to turn off my headlights and turn them back on. When I did this, both lights came back on. This issue happened several times over the course of an hour.
The headlight turns off suddenly. Most of the time it is the left head light and some time right head light. The head light comes back on after turning off and on. It is dangerous when all of a sudden the light went out at night. Mechanic find no problem. Hwever, the head light cuts off suddenly.
Driving down 4 lane, undivided highway at night and both headlights went dark.
I was driving home at night when both my headlights on my Toyota Prius suddenly completely went off for no reason. I had an issue a few weeks before, and had noticed that sometimes the front right headlight would just blink off, and a friend of mine had pointed out that I had a headlight out. But when I turned on my car the next time both lights were working. . . Soon I realized that if the light blinked off, and if I turned the lights off and back on again they would both come one; sometimes for a few minutes or longer, but sometimes only for a second and then blink back off. . . I was about to look into getting that checked out when suddenly this time last week both lights went off, on my curvy street in malibu in the dark where there are no street lights as I live in the mountain 2 miles away from the pch and it is a very dark and dangerously curvy road. . . Luckily my reflexes kicked in and I quickly flicked the lights off and on as I had done before and the lights came back on, but I could have easily flown off the cliff here. . . If my wife was driving my car and not known about flicking the lights on and off she could have died. I will not let her drive my car at night until this is fixed. It was completely pitch black for a second there and the average person who had not discovered this yet could have had a fatal death in that moment. Imagine if I had not known that I needed to flick my lights back on and off which I had luckily just found worked only weeks before with the singly headlight going out. . . I contacted Toyota and they said they will not fix this on their own, and that have to pay in full for replacing the bulbs. I have now done research on this and found countless complaints online about this, and I can't believe this is not a simple recall issue and that Toyota is not taking responsibility. . . Absolutely ludicrous. What can be done?.
Head lights suddenly went out for about 5 seconds at night! they came back on by themselves. I was told by dealer hard to find intermittent problems. Of course it was working when at dealer. Told I needed both hid head lights @$265. Each. Also possible head light assembly and computer. Approx another $2200. My passenger side headlight has been intermittent for a while, but this is the first time both have gone out and left me blind!! many other complaints from others I have talked to. Should be recalled.
The drivers side headlight goes out intermittently. We replaced the bulb, but we are still having the problem.
Intermittent hid headlight operation this has been recurring over the last 5 years. Always mentioned during the maintenance check-ups never corrected.
I was driving about 70mph on sept. 25, 2013 when I noticed my rt. Front headlight went off on a dark road. Later it came back on. When I stopped to pull over, it was out completely. I continued traveling and it came back on. Since then, I've noticed both rt. And left headlight intermittently turn off by themselves and go back on by themselves while driving. Recently it's become more frequent and the left front flickers occasionally. It's a safety hazard. My address [xxx]driver license #:[xxx]/ ss#: [xxx]VIN: [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).
My head lights will all of a sudden go out while driving. I've had to click them off and on again, but it keeps happening and is quite scary while driving at night. Since I work until 10:00pm every night, I am constantly driving at night. I have also been stopped by our local police department and issued a warning for having a headlight out. I have been to my local Toyota dealer and was told by them that since my warranty has expired, it would cost me about $350. 00 per headlight to replace. I have also been researching and noticed that this is an ongoing problem with this type of car. I also understand that there was a class action suit involving this model, but we have never been notified of anything to do with this problem. Why hasn't the NHTSA notified owners of this ongoing defect? when this happens it is quite scary.
My headlight keeps going out. I know its a known problem but there has not been recall and it did not occur until recently, so it does not fit in with the Toyota 50,000 miles and under rule. However, I have been stopped a couple times and its happening more and more every day. This should be recalled!.
One, the other, or both headlight turn off unexpectedly while driving. Rotating the headlight control stalk to off position and then back to on position will relight the headlights. The problem is getting progressively worse. There are now multiple incidents even during short trips.
Intermittent hid headlight failure. Headlights - passenger and/or driver side headlight goes out. Turning off the headlights and turning them back on restored the light, however, the lights will again intermittently failed on a longer/shorter trip, this has been occurring repeatedly and I don't feel comfortable driving during night time. It is dangerous and terrifying. There needs to be a recall again ASAP. I understand there was a recall in the past for similar reasons but not sure what is the status now. I bought this car privately from original owner (who bought brand new from dealer) and they mentioned that this problem was brought to attention of Toyota dealer in danvers, MA (ira Toyota) but they could not diagnose the cause. I looked around and found that this problem is known to Toyota but wondering how dealer didn't know about it. . Read more...
This has happened a number of times before. We were driving at night about 11:00 p. M. And the headlights were working fine. Suddenly, both headlights went out. I slowed the car and turned the headlights off and turned them back on again very quickly. No problem the rest of the way home. Sometimes the lights would dim and I was not sure if they were on or not and would shut them off again and then on again. Sometimes other drivers would signal me that the headlights were not working and I would turn them off and then on again and they would both be lit. But often when there is still ambient light as on a city street or lots of other cars, I would not be aware that they were off until I hit a dark section of road. I went to Toyota yesterday and the replaced both bulbs. This happened a couple of years ago and I became aware of it because I was following my son in law in his car and he said that I had no lights. Very scary. I did the same thing then and turned them off and on again.
While driving my car the headlight go off without any warning. This is extremely dangerous. I have already filled one complaint. I thought I had fixed the problem when I replaced my headlights but that only worked for about a month and the same thing started to happen again, now I cant drive at night with out my headlights going out.
While driving home, friends who were following me passed me then calledto let me know that my car's right front light and left rear light was not working. For the last week or so people coming towards me blinked their lights . . I have regular checkups at the Toyota place, so I ignored it. Looking back on it, they were probably trying to tell me about the headlight. I took my 2008 Prius to the Toyota dealer to replace the bulbs. The repair representative said that the front lights were working but the left rear light wasn't . When I told him both lights were definitely not working the previous night, he said if I wanted, they could replace the rear light with a bulb, but the right headlight was more difficult due to removing the bumper and changing the light assembly (not just a bulb!). This would cost me about $300. I thought that a bulb replacement would do it but not so, this car has blue lights that require bumper removal to even get to the light. Since the light was working at that time and $300 is a lot for a retired single woman , I told him I would think about it. Not knowing if the light will work or not, I quit driving after dark. However, unexpected rain storms forced me to turn the lights on a couple days ago. It worked. However, the problem is I am not sure if they will come on or not. Maybe the left headlight is doing the same thing: going off and on when I have no indication that this is happening. I bought the Prius to save money on gas and called it my "last" car and have taken care of it as prescribed. Now I don't feel safe to drive it at night or when it rains.
I was driving down the highway at night at approx. 70 mph and both headlights turned off. I then slowed down and shut the headlights off manually and then turned them back on. Both headlights turned on and worked properly. Within that week I brought the car to a shop and had him replace both headlights at a crazy cost. Thinking that this fixed the problem I continued to drive the car, I have had one other time that both headlights went out but have had multiple times where one head light would go out. I have been pulled over by the authorities at least twice by having the headlight out. In order to fix the lights I have to shut them off and then turn them back on. This is very unsafe, my life, my family members life, and possible other lives are at risk!!!.