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Headlights problems of the 2010 Toyota Prius - part 1

65 problems related to headlights have been reported for the 2010 Toyota Prius.

car   Headlights problem 1
Failure Date: 05/14/2016

My headlight caught fire and severely burned my car. I was driving down the road on a city steet and saw a wisp of smoke and pulled over into a store parking lot. I had no warning lights indicating anything was wrong. It began to smoke more, and I cautiously opened the hood to see a fire coming from my drivers side headlight area. Within seconds there was a blaze, and it took 3 fire extinguishers to put it out. The fire department confirmed that the fire originated from the headlight. I had previously experienced problems with my headlight becoming dull and cloudy. An earlier NHTSA investigation did not result in a recall. I think it's the same problem with the headlight, only much worse. If there were not multiple fire extinguishers available the car could have easily exploded before the fire department arrived. It could have easily caused harm to other people.

car   Headlights problem 2
Failure Date: 04/04/2016

Both of my low beam headlights went out suddenly. I didn't realize it until I was driving onto the freeway and had to turn on my high beams so I wouldn't crash while on the dark onramp of the freeway. The housing of the left low beam is blown out. I brought in my Prius to the dealership and they would not cover this even though I have the platinum warranty.

car   Headlights problem 3
Failure Date: 03/18/2016

2010 Toyota Prius headlights burn out frequently. One of the headlights burn out every 5 to 6 months. I can't just replace the burnt out bulb as the other one then burns out.

car   Headlights problem 4
Failure Date: 03/14/2016

One of my headlights went out a couple of months ago, so I replaced both. A few weeks later, I was driving on an interstate highway at night, roughly 8pm, and my both of my headlights went out. They would not come back on. Only the high-beams were functional. After speaking with my local Toyota dealership, this is a known issue of a faulty wiring harness. The local dealership refused to replace the faulty wiring. I find it difficult to comprehend how a car's most basic safety feature, maybe aside from the brakes, is suffering from a known issue and nothing has been done. Without an intervention in this matter, Toyota's willingness to ignore this problem, as they have with many others in the past, will certainly lead to death.

car   Headlights problem 5
Failure Date: 02/06/2016

Headlights stopped working. I got into my car to drive to work and found one bulb out. That night I got into my car to drive home and found the other bulb out. I had to drive home in the rain with no headlights, using my high beams whenever possible. Changed out the bulbs numerous times and nothing came on. When taken to the dealership was told an updated wiring harness was needed and would cost me nearly $800! if the wiring harness needed to be updated, Toyota clearly knew there was an issue causing the headlights to short. I now have a vehicle that I cannot drive safely because I cannot afford to fix Toyota's defective equipment!.

car   Headlights problem 6
Failure Date: 01/26/2016

Headlights have gone off while driving at night. Replacement of the bulbs began in 2013. Only recently while driving at night on the interstate and back roads,did we realize that were sometimes working and this was a reoccurring issue.

car   Headlights problem 7
Failure Date: 12/28/2015

Headlight out last year. Replaced both. One headlight out this month. Replaced the one with previous year good bulb. Now, both low beams out, only high beams work.

car   Headlights problem 8
Failure Date: 12/02/2015

Headlights continue to burn out. We have changed one or both headlights at least six times since may 2015. This happens unexpectedly, going down the road at night one or both headlights will burn out. When you change them, will last a couple weeks to months. Very scary when going down a two lane back country road at night. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

car   Headlights problem 9
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

Both headlights go out at the same time while driving. First time they just had to be screwed in but now a month later they are both out again. Has there been a recall?.

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

Recurring double headlight failure, sometimes intermittently. No warning of failure.

car   Headlights problem 11
Failure Date: 08/12/2015

We purchased the car used from a Toyota dealership in spring of 2013. We had never had to replace the headlights until one side had stopped working in may 2015. As we always have done with our vehicles, we went to an auto parts store and bought the correct head lights for our make, year & model. We replaced both of them in may and in August (3 months later), both had gone out with the initial outage having occured while I was using them in the dark on a freeway. Luckily I had brights that still worked but I have since had to replace both lights again and they still remain un-working. I am scheduling repairs, however, this seems to be a major defect either in the electrical engineering or possibly related to fuse shortages. We have made several phone calls to repair shops, other Prius owners, as well as read many safety concern forums regarding this very popular issue even with 2010 models. I understand Toyota seems to take no responsibility for the high-risk headlight failure in Prius models up to 2009 but this seems flat out ridiculous and I should not be required to return home before dark or be forced to drive with my brights while oncoming traffic flashes at me as if I'm being inconsiderate.

car   Headlights problem 12
Failure Date: 08/01/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while driving at night approximately 55 mph the visibility started to deem, when the contact got home noticed that the passenger side low beam headlight was out, two days after the driver side low beam went out also. The vehicle light bulbs were replaced by the owner. The contact also stated having to change the low beam headlight bulbs four times. The vehicle was never taken to the dealer or an independent mechanic to get a diagnosis. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 99,000. Bp.

car   Headlights problem 13
Failure Date: 07/19/2015

I was driving home from havenlock, nc on us 70, us 258, us 58 and us 264. I noticed that my low beam headlights were very dim making it very hard to see road marking or signs. There is a stretch of us 58 where they are repaving and they are no road marking at all and I could not see where my lane (2 way traffic). I considered this a very serious problem that the headlight are dim and could have led to a very serious accident. I have noticed that others have complained about the same problem with the Prius 2010. Not able to see more than 30 feet ahead on a very dark night is very scary and had me shaking.

car   Headlights problem 14
Failure Date: 04/24/2015

I purchased the Toyota certified pre-owned Prius in July 2013. I first had an issue with the headlight in August 2014 when the headlight kept coming loose from it's casing. This happened again on April 24, 2015 only this time the headlight fell to rest on some plastic and caused the headlight assembly to start on fire. No one was injured. I used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. I believe the socket part of the headlight assembly was defective.

car   Headlights problem 15
Failure Date: 04/24/2015

Since owning the vehicle, I have experienced the low beam headlights burn out withing 9 months. Recently, one bulb burned out within 3 months. I was pulled over by the city police, driving with one headlight out is not only a safety issue, but could result in a citation.

car   Headlights problem 16
Failure Date: 03/15/2015

Low beam headlights repeatedly stop working. Replaced bulbs multiple times. They stop working every few months. Last week, they both extinguished at the same time. Had to drive home in the dark, until I realized the high beams worked. Toyota won't repair the defect.

car   Headlights problem 17
Failure Date: 02/27/2015

On February 27, 2015, our house burned in the middle of the night while we were asleep. The fire started in the near vicinity of the right front headlight of the 2010 Toyota Prius. The car had been serviced just before the fire on February 25, 2015 at the local Toyota dealership. The car was off at the time and the key was not in the car at the time of the fire. While we were sleeping, the car evidently caught fire spontaneously at approximately 2 a. M. While it was parked in the garage. The garage door was closed. By the time we woke up, the garage was fully engulfed in flames. We were able to escape the fire. However, our house was too severely damaged (fire, smoke and water) after the fire to be livable, and it is currently being rebuilt. Our family of four (husband, wife and two children, 15 and almost 11 years old) is currently living in a rental house. We lost all three of our cars (the other cars were a Dodge durango and a Honda accord) and a majority of our possessions. Damages are estimated to be likely in excess of $500,000 including house, cars, damage to landscaping, personal property, furniture, clothing, etc. Our homeowner's insurance is seeking a subrogation claim against Toyota for the expenses incurred regarding our claim. The Prius is scheduled to have a deconstructive exam soon with multiple parties present and is currently being held as evidence.

car   Headlights problem 18
Failure Date: 02/04/2015

I recently replaced one of the low beam headlights, only to discover a few weeks later that both of the low beams had burned out. I've never had two headlights burn out at the same time! tonight I discovered that another of the low beams has burned out. That means that this bulb burned out in less than two months and only about 1000 miles. I am afraid to use my headlights during the daytime for fear that they will burn out and not be available when I need them to see again at night. This must be a wiring/configuration defect! please do something about this!.

car   Headlights problem 19
Failure Date: 01/28/2015

The headlight hid start to go on and off finally the left side went off . Also while driving the car desacelerated and increaseed speed by itself.

car   Headlights problem 20
Failure Date: 01/18/2015

Low beam headlights stopped working during night driving. Had to drive home with high beams only at night. Felt endangered and very unsafe both for myself and the public.

car   Headlights problem 21
Failure Date: 01/17/2015

After returning to vehicle, low beam headlights failed to properly illuminate. I replaced both bulbs with new ones, and they still fail to cast enough light. The bulbs appear to be on, but are too dim to be effective.

car   Headlights problem 22
Failure Date: 01/13/2015

I was driving back home from work on a country road at night when my low beam lights both went out. I had to drive home with my high beams on. This is the 4th set of headlights in a year that we have replaced.

car   Headlights problem 23
Failure Date: 12/05/2014

Headlights started getting dim. Replaced bulbs with new hid bulbs. Headlights still dim. Dealer claims water is in both headlights. Requires me to replace both headlight assemblies for $1,000. Not covered under warranty. As an engineer I claim poor design.

car   Headlights problem 24
Failure Date: 11/10/2014

Passenger low beam headlight went out first then a few months later the driver low beam headlight went out and has now gone out for the 3rd time. Had to use high beams all the way home cause I could hardly see anything with low beams. Have been pulled over a few times by the cops for this problem. Pulled over 2 times in just one night because of this problem.

car   Headlights problem 25
Failure Date: 10/25/2014

I do not have the need to do much night driving. Last Saturday, while returning from a family visit, night had approached. The dim lights were next to worthless. The cars approaching me from behind lit my path. I had visited Toyota a few weeks back and they advised me the headlight bulb was loose. I tightened it, but that night, the illumination of the headlights was lacking. I returned to Toyota today and they tell me these headlights have a "projector" that is bad. . . Both sides! there is no recall or manufacturer's defect that covers the replacement. They will gladly replace these for $852. 00. I have regarded Toyota as a top contender in car manufacturing. I am terribly disappointed and appalled that this safety issue is not covered by Toyota.