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Headlights problems of the 2010 Toyota Prius



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

car   Headlights problem 1
Failure Date: 05/01/2014

(40) fleet 2010 Toyota Prius. Consumer writes in regards to vehicles headlights malfunction. The consumer stated he had to routinely replace 7-8 headlamps per week on the fleet of 40 vehicles. The dealer informed the consumer the frequent burnout of the bulbs was likely due to wither security officers not properly caring for the vehicle or the vehicles being used more frequently for personal use. Also, the wiring harness failed on the vehicles. The consumer stated there is currently 1 vehicle in the shop now, and the dealer quoted a price of $8,000. 00 to replace the wiring harness.

car   Headlights problem 2
Failure Date: 03/26/2014

The driver's side headlight went out in late March 2014. It was replaced by the dealer on March 29. On April 12, both headlights went out while driving in the dark. On April 13, the smaller lights above the headlights were also out. They continue to not work. The lights in the rear of the car are functioning.

car   Headlights problem 3
Failure Date: 03/15/2014

Both headlights (low beams) failed simultaneously, resulting in the owner having to sleep in the car overnight until sunrise. . Read more...

car   Headlights problem 4
Failure Date: 03/03/2014

My daughter was driving hone from work and got on the freeway early Monday morning approximately 1:05 am and suddenly the headlights went out. She tried turning them back on and off and on again but still no lights, so she had to drive home in the dark with no head lights. She was almost hit by other drivers because they could not see her. It was a scary ordeal for her and my headlights are still not working. I just purchased this vehicle on December 10, 2013.

car   Headlights problem 5
Failure Date: 02/03/2014

The headlights burn out on a regular basis. Shortly after replacing the bulb it will burn out again (usually within a week). At times both sides burn out at the same time without warning causing a safety hazard. This is a known problem for Toyota Prius products. We have contacted the company who states this problem was resolved with the 09 model year and refuse to admit or assist with repairs of the known electrical defect.

car   Headlights problem 6
Failure Date: 01/15/2014

After leaving a skating event with 4 kids in my car at approximately 8:30 pm, I noticed that I had no headlights which had worked 2 1/2 hours prior. Both lights went out at the same time. All other lights worked, including high beams which I used to continue driving that evening. I called the local Toyota dealer who informed me that "this was a common problem in the 2010 Prius. I made the appointment to take my car in for repair and was informed that it would be $800 to fix the problem since my car was out of warranty. When I dropped my car off, the service rep showed me a spec sheet stating that I needed a "headlamp durability enhancement" (spec sheet was issued oct 2012) and stated that the problem was "low beam headlamp bulb lifetime was shorter than customer expectation". That wasn't the problem, the problem was that both lights went out at the same time which is a safety issue. I requested to have the old parts returned and an experienced friend went with me to question why I was charged for joints when none had not been taken off my car. I was told that this was not on my car previously and that I could review a technical service bulleting (TSB-0204-12) on the Toyota website which I cannot locate this document anywhere online. A formal recall for this problem was never issued even though Toyota knew that this was a recurring problem in the 2010 Prius model.


car   Headlights problem 7
Failure Date: 12/26/2013

The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the low beam headlights failed and had to be replaced every few months. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

car   Headlights problem 8
Failure Date: 11/13/2013

The headlights went out suddenly while driving. My husband changed the bulbs but that didn't help. All fuses are good. I read online that it is the relay and that many other Prius owner's have been having the same problem.

car   Headlights problem 9
Failure Date: 08/06/2013

Last night, at 10 pm, on getting back to into my car to drive to my house 7 miles away, both the headlights did not work. The high beam lights were working, but the regular headlights did not. As a result, I was driving in dark on a single lane highway, and it was a very scary experience.

car   Headlights problem 10
Failure Date: 08/03/2013

While on vacation on Aug 3, 2013, we were driving in the smoky mountains in gatlinburg, TN, via the scenic loop down from cades cove. I was driving and my husband, our 13 year old son (only child) and his 13 yr. Old buddy (my friend's only child) were the passengers. The route was a steep mountainside with typical winding mountain roads, pitch dark at ~8:30 pm. Suddenly, both headlights went out, together, at the same time. The dashboard showed that the headlights were on, no warning signs came on. I had driven through a tunnel a bit earlier and the headlights were both working. Panicked, I pulled over at the next lookout ledge, turned the car's power off and on several times, turned the lights off and on several times while the car was running - nothing. No cellphone service was available in the area. As I was hysterical and terrified beyond my wits, my husband took over driving duty and drove with the emergency flashers on. After a few miles of sheer panic and incoherence, it occurred to us to try the high beam, which fortunately worked and we are alive to tell the story today. As soon as we got cellphone signal we left messages for our friends in case we died they would know why. Get a grip, Toyota! I loved my Prius - this is my 2nd Prius, but I am now petrified to step in this car again. I found thousands of similar complaints online regarding both the Prius headlights failing at once, so Toyota you know I am not an isolated case. Horrible, dangerous problem with the 2010 Prius, you are risking lives!.


 
car   Headlights problem 11
Failure Date: 04/14/2013

Both headlights failed to go on. Both functioned the day before. High beam lights still functioned. Extremely dangerous drive home.

car   Headlights problem 12
Failure Date: 11/27/2012

My commute is 62 miles, one way. Tonight I realized my low beam headlights were not working. My high beams work. I drove the 62 miles with my high beams on. The fuses were fine. It is odd that both low beam lights were out at the same time but the high beams were fine. I searched online some and there were numerous similar problems with the Prius low beam lights.

car   Headlights problem 13
Failure Date: 11/01/2012

There is a chronic problem with the headlights on this car. They continually burn out, or, go out and than come back on when headlight is 'tapped' lightly. Dealer and independent repair shop(s) have replaced numerous times and problem reoccurs.

car   Headlights problem 14
Failure Date: 11/01/2012

My headlight went out while driving. The dealer indicated the replacement cost would be between $300 and $400 for a single light bulb. The dealer indicated that I only use the lights when needed to prolong the life of that type of bulb.

car   Headlights problem 15
Failure Date: 09/21/2012

The low beam headlights would not project far enough down the road. Replaced bulb multiple times.

car   Headlights problem 16
Failure Date: 09/05/2012

I own a 2010 Prius, purchased new in February 2010, one of the options I purchased with the car was hid headlights, which came already installed in the car. The right headlight went out in 9/2012 & the left in 10/2013. I knew right away that when the 1st light went out that the replacement was not an hid light which I had initially paid for & the car was still under warranty. Now with the other bulb being replaced in oct 2013, again with a non hid bulb, we can no longer drive the car in the dark without using the bright light beams because we can not see the road in front of us as well as beyond. This is an accident waiting to happen. I also owned a 2006 Prius with headlight problems. I never received the $365. 00 settlement in 2011 for this problem, why?.

car   Headlights problem 17
Failure Date: 08/07/2012

The problem that is causing the head lights to burn out simultaneously needs to be resolved. It is a safety hazard for this to continue. Purchased a Toyota Prius 2010 in December 2010. Since that time, the head lights have been a problem. Each time there is a problem, both head lights burn out simultaneously. The first time the head lights failed was August 7, 2012 when there were five of us in the car driving 15+ miles with about a third of the drive on many residential streets that were not well lit. The dealership in florida was called and it was explained that both headlights burned out at the same time and that it must be something other than the bulbs because headlights do not burn out together at the same time. The service representative quoted that the cost of the repair to replace the head lights was about $150. He did not ask if the car was under warranty and he did not acknowledge that it could be something in the electrical system. He did not suggest that the car be brought in to have them put it on diagnostic machines to verify where the problem may be. We opted to replace the bulbs ourselves. The second time both head lights burned out simultaneously was October 21, 2012 and we again, replaced the bulbs ourselves. The cost of the bulbs including tax is $54. 36. This morning is the third time both lights have burned out at the same time again. The Prius has 35,840 miles. This is not reasonable. We have already spent $108. 72 to replace the bulbs twice. It is unreasonable. It is extremely unsafe not knowing when and where the head lights will burn out. We have teenage drivers and it is upsetting to know they are not in a safe vehicle.

car   Headlights problem 18
Failure Date: 06/29/2012

Low beam headlight bulbs burn out much faster than they should. I have replaced both low beam bulbs at least 6 times in the last 2 years. Typical bulbs should last well over a year, whereas mine only last 2-3 months. I do not drive with headlights on during the day. This happens with both low beams, but not simultaneously. As a result, I am installing new bulbs every other month. I never touch the bulbs (always wear disposable gloves) so this is not a result of finger oil reducing the bulb life.

car   Headlights problem 19
Failure Date: 05/30/2012

Upon starting my car early this morning, the headlights would only work on bright. When dimmed, they would not work at all.

car   Headlights problem 20
Failure Date: 02/07/2012

The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph with the headlights activated and suddenly without warning, the headlights failed to illuminate. The vehicle was maneuvered cautiously to the side of the road. The contact planned to take the vehicle to a dealer for diagnosis and repair. Additionally, whenever the brakes were engaged while driving over a bump or uneven pavement, an unintended acceleration would occur. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

car   Headlights problem 21
Failure Date: 10/25/2011

We have owned this vehicle since it has been new and have replaced the driver's side front headlight annually. This time it went out just 4 weeks after a local mechanic replaced the bulb. When I took it to Toyota and complained of the problem and asked about a warranty fix I was told that the prior bulb had been installed incorrectly and now the entire headlight should be replaced for $500. This is the same problem we have always had.

car   Headlights problem 22
Failure Date: 07/10/2011

My car is constantly blowing light bulbs. It started after only one year with headlights. Both tag lights and several front marker lights have blown. There has to be an electronics problem.

car   Headlights problem 23
Failure Date: 03/15/2011

The headlights shine in a pie shape at night. They should shine straight across. If you make a right turn where there are no street lights, and we have a lot of those around, you can not see if you are going to hit a person or the ditch. I go in the left lane to avoid an accident as long as there is no on coming traffic. This is the first care of many that had this problem.

car   Headlights problem 24
Failure Date: 02/01/2011

Headlight bulbs keep burning out every few months, since we bought the car I have been changing bulbs every 2 to 3 months.

car   Headlights problem 25
Failure Date: 12/06/2010

Headlamps on 2010 Toyota Prius provide poor distance coverage for low beam headlights. As a result I hit a mattress in the roadway even though I was driving between 50 & 55 mph on a strait freeway section (I-15 at bundy canyon in riverside, California). Even though I was fully alert, the headlamps only provide about 30 feet of forward coverage which is inadequate to do anything than to swerve at the last moment to hit objects as significant as a mattress. This vehicle in my opinion does not meet California vehicle code section 22407(b).

car   Headlights problem 26
Failure Date: 11/01/2010

The headlight beams do not disperse and project far enough down the road to see clearly at night requiring the use of high beams regularly. After contacting Toyota on-line, they recommended returning to the dealer, who checked the lights and indicated that they meet manufacturer specifications.

car   Headlights problem 27
Failure Date: 08/08/2010

My Toyota Prius headlights go off frequently while driving. I must turn them off and on to have them come back on. It used to be one or the other at a time, however now both lights will go off at once. I was driving in very dark conditions when it happened last time and the road was pitch black. The fact that it was late at night is the only way I knew both lights were out. If I am driving at dusk or dawn, it is a major safety concern because it would be difficult to tell that my lights are off while I'm driving, but very difficult for others to see me coming down the road. It only takes a few seconds for an accident to happen. The Toyota dealership acknowledged that it is a known issue and initially said that the replacement would be covered. Then came back and said they have not been recalled so it would be out of my pocket. I was also told that I could just continue to turn the lights on and off when it happens because the life of the bulbs should not be up yet. That is not a good solution to me because I don't always know when one or both lights goes out and when it might be difficult for other drivers to see me. I feel that this is a known hazard that should be rectified by recalling/replacing these bulbs.

car   Headlights problem 28
Failure Date: 06/29/2010

Driving home from dinner, my driver's side headlight went out again. I turned off my headlights, then back on and both lights came back on. There is definitely something wrong with the electrical system supporting the lighting. This is a safety hazard and it now has me nervous every time I get on the road that both lights could go out at any time pre-dawn, dusk or night. It is likely making Prius owners focus too much on watching for signs their headlights are still on instead of concentrating on their driving.

car   Headlights problem 29
Failure Date: 04/05/2010

The led headlights on the Prius v only carries about 30 feet on low beam, so that only 30 mph is allowable at night driving with traffic. However, that is not the speed that anyone will drive. Thus, on low beams everyone outdrives their lights.

car   Headlights problem 30
Failure Date: 01/15/2010

The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the low beam headlights would not project far enough down the road, causing him to have to drive with the high beams on. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the headlights were lined up but the failure continued. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current mileage was approximately 4,000. The failure mileage was approximately 100.

car   Headlights problem 31
Failure Date: 07/01/2009

Is anyone looking into the headlight problem with the 2010 Prius model v. I made a complaint to Toyota and nothing resulted. The low beams only extend about 40 feet, so that you can only safely travel about 30 mph with low beams or outrun your vision. There is a "curtain" effect. Obviously, one has to travel faster than 30 mph.