Headlights problems of the 2008 Toyota Prius
238 problems linked to headlights have been reported for the 2008 Toyota Prius.
Headlights problem #1
The vehicle involved was a 2008 Toyota Prius. Vehicle identification number (VIN): JTDKB20U48_. Intermittent hid headlight operation this has been recurring over the last 5 years. Always mentioned during the maintenance check-ups never corrected. This problem occurred on Friday, October 11, 2013.
Headlights problem #2
The car was a 2008 Toyota Prius. The VIN of this Prius is JTDKB20U08_. Headlights blink out singely or at the same time for over a year now. Increasingly both lights go out over last year. Car at 74000 miles now. Can be one or both so I doubt this is a bulb issue. This headlights problem happened on 08/03/12.
Headlights problem #3
The car involved is a 2008 Toyota Prius. 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. This headlights problem happened on Aug. 19, 2013.
Headlights problem #4
The vehicle involved was a 2008 Toyota Prius. While driving my 2008 Prius at night, I had my headlights on. Driving at approx 50 - 60 mph my hid front lights went out. I was in complete darkness. I can not understand why this not a safety recall by now because I understand that this is happening with regularity. This problem occurred on Friday, March 1, 2013.
Headlights problem #5
The car was a 2008 Toyota Prius. The VIN of this vehicle is JTDKB20U68_. 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!. It was 09/09/2013 when this headlights issue occurred.
Headlights problem #6
The car is a 2008 Toyota Prius. I was driving on the highway when both my lights started to flicker and then both went out. Then after turning the headlights off then my right headlight stayed off and my left headlight came back on and I continued on the road, after about 5 mins down the road the left went out again but came back on. And didn't have problems with it again. Then 3 weeks ago I got my right bulb replaced and it worked with no problems. Then after 2 weeks my bulb blew again. Then last night I was coming home on my way from my barn and the left headlight flickered 1 time and then I had no headlights and took my car down into a field because I couldn't see after I came to a stop my lights came back on with me turning the lights on and off. This issue happened on April 13, 2013.
Headlights problem #7
The car was a 2008 Toyota Prius. 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. This headlights problem happened on 07/22/2013.
Headlights problem #8
The vehicle is a 2008 Toyota Prius. 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. This issue happened on Thu., Jul. 4, 2013.
Headlights problem #9
The car involved was a 2008 Toyota Prius. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is JTDKB20U58_. Left hid headlight flickers on and off, then turns off. If I turn the headlights off and then back on again, the light will stay on for a bit, but then will eventually flicker out again. Also, the bulb is very difficult to access and replace, and Toyota reportedly charges a lot to replace and install these bulbs. This headlights issue occurred 06/27/2013.
Headlights problem #10
The car involved is a 2008 Toyota Prius. There is condensation in driver side headlight. Toyota and also their extra care platinum policy are not willing to take care of problem. Toyota dealer said "it is a common problem for Prius" , but there is no repair sealing, they say the entire housing needs to be changed, moisture is a danger to the electrical system! they say, total price around $600. Why should I be responsible for their manufacturing defect, and also be in danger if lights would go off when driving. I am a 67 year old female keep my car in perfect order and it would be very dangerous for me if any light failure was to happen when I am driving at night. This issue happened on May 15, 2013.
Headlights problem #11
The car is a 2008 Toyota Prius. The VIN of this vehicle is JTDKB20U88_. The headlight will go out,I turn my lights off than on again the light will come on again. This keeps happening over and over again. It was May 1, 2013 when this headlights issue happened.
Headlights problem #12
The vehicle was a 2008 Toyota Prius. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is JTDKB20UX8_. Intermittent headlight failure. Headlight will go out. Usually, if lights are turned off and back on, headlight will come back on. Sometimes the headlight will turn on, sometimes it won't. This has happened several times (3 or 4) since I have noticed the failure two months ago. This headlights problem happened on Monday, March 11, 2013.
Headlights problem #13
The car was a 2008 Toyota Prius. My front passenger headlight goes out constantly when driving. I have taken it to two mechanics who cannot find anything wrong with the bulb itself and have told me it's a problem with the hids wiring. I have seen hundreds of complaints online from other Prius owners having the identical issue and they are urging for a recall. I am also urging for a recall. There was a class-action lawsuit in regards to this dangerous problem and I don't understand why Toyota has created a knowingly faulty lighting system and can't recall it. Those who sued Toyota have gotten theirs fixed, does it really have to go that far for the rest of us?. It was September 26, 2012 when this headlights issue happened.
Headlights problem #14
The vehicle involved was a 2008 Toyota Prius. Headlights turn off while driving. Turning them off and on works. This has happened several times, randomly. It was Thu., Feb. 28, 2013 when this headlights issue happened.
Headlights problem #15
The car involved was a 2008 Toyota Prius. Headlights intermittently turn off while driving or parked. Headlights must be cycled off, then on to make them work again. This headlights problem happened on 08/03/2009.
Headlights problem #16
The vehicle is a 2008 Toyota Prius. Approximately February of 2012 my headlights began to randomly turn off. If I turned the headlights off, and then on again, they would turn back on. However, since this first occurance, both headlights would turn off. One will no longer turn back on. I have replaced the bulb ($300) and this did not fix the problem. I was told from the Toyota dealership that the headlight computer would need to be replaced ($1800). To date, I have been pulled over approximately 5 times for driving without headlights. This is a huge safety issue. I am terrified that the safety of my two boys, along with myself is at stake. Please investigate this. This is not o. K. This headlights issue occurred February 1, 2012.
Headlights problem #17
The vehicle involved is a 2008 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the headlights failed. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the light bulbs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 85,000. The VIN was unavailable. This headlights problem happened on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
Headlights problem #18
The vehicle is a 2008 Toyota Prius. One headlight went out. Was able to get it back on by turning both headlights off and then back on. Since the first time I have had either the right or left headlight just randomly go out and have to turn off my headlights while driving and back on to reset it. On numerous occasions(maybe about 5 or 6) I have had both headlights go out at the same time and been in complete darkness. Just last week it happened to my 16 year old daughter who was driving, on the freeway, and was very scary. About a month ago, I had my lights on during a dark overcast day for safety and a deputy pulled me over because one of the headlights had temporarily turned off. Told the officer that this is a common defect with Prius(and reported by many) and that Toyota has failed to respond. He shook his head and said he'll remember that when pulling over other Prius. This headlights issue occurred September 1, 2012.
Headlights problem #19
The car was a 2008 Toyota Prius. Recently purchased used 2008 Prius. When driving at night I noticed that the headlights shut off intermittently. They go back on by turning lights off and on. This happened three times when driving for 10 minutes on a dark road. Very dangerous!. This headlights problem happened on 01/17/13.
Headlights problem #20
The car involved was a 2008 Toyota Prius. One evening in early September I was driving on a surface street when my passenger headlight went out. I turned off my lights and turned them back on and the passenger headlight came back on. A few days later I was driving on the highway when both ( driver and passenger) headlights went out without warning. I was able to pull over to the side of road; almost causing an accident. I verified the lights were in the on position. I turned the lights off and immediately back on and both headlights turned on. Both headlights have gone out without warning with the most recent occurring this evening on a busy not well lit highway. I have replaced the passenger light bulb with no resolution therefore I have not replaced the driverside light at least every couple days one of the headlights ( passenger and/or driver side light) turns off which require me to turn the lights off and back on to bring both headlights to operational status. Definite safety concern. This headlights problem happened on September 3, 2012.
Headlights problem #21
The vehicle involved was a 2008 Toyota Prius. The VIN of this vehicle was JTDKB20U28_. I've got a package 6 2008 Prius. The passenger side headlight 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 or is someone tells me. 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. I've taken it to the dealer and they can't make it happen. Dealer replaced both bulbs and it still happening. It was Dec. 11, 2012 when this headlights issue happened.
Headlights problem #22
The vehicle was a 2008 Toyota Prius. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was JTDKB20UX8_. Someone pointed out that my right front headlight was out. However, when I got home and checked it, the headlight was on. It has continued to go off and on intermittently since then and is getting worse. I've learned from other websites that several owners of Prius models from 2006 to 2009 have had the same problem. The failure date was Saturday, March 31, 2012.
Headlights problem #23
The car was a 2008 Toyota Prius. The right headlight on my 2008 Prius went out while driving. I noticed the next morning that it was back on. I figured out that if I turn the light off then on again, it will come back on, for a while. I eventually had it replaced, to the tune of $120 parts and $40 labor. But after a couple of weeks it's doing it again. Not only that, but now the left headlight is doing the same thing. I'm very concerned about driving at night because changing the bulbs doesn't fix the problem, so it seems like it's only a matter of time before they both go out at the same time!. It was Aug. 1, 2012 when this headlights issue occurred.
Headlights problem #24
The car is a 2008 Toyota Prius. Vehicle headlights dim as well as interior, nearly causing a critical accident as driver 's vision , headlights were not providing adequate lighting to make turn at night. This problem continues to-date and am afraid that if Toyota is not held accountable for their defective product or a recall is not conducted we are driving in an unsafe vehicle. Please advise as we cannot afford to buy new or different car. ( or a repair of 1700$ this is a safety hazard to us and others please do something to protect the public and us. My understanding is that you are responsible for vehicle, passer safety and there fore our safety is in your hands I acn be reached at[xxx] additional information or assistance please keep us and others safe. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6). The failure date was Monday, Nov. 1, 2010.
Headlights problem #25
Consumer has a 2008 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that when driving at night hours the headlights would go out intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the bulbs and the light fixture needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the bulbs and one side for the light fixture. After having the repairs the bulbs failed approximately 3 months later. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 6,000 and the current mileage was approximately 132,000. The VIN was unavailable. It was 06/01/2012 when this headlights issue occurred.
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