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Headlights Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1



Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 57 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 1
Failure Date: 11/12/2016

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. The contact noticed that the frame underneath the vehicle was severely corroded. In addition, the headlights failed to illuminate and the bulbs had to constantly be replaced. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 05v225000 (suspension) and 06e026000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 149,000.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 2
Failure Date: 03/11/2016

I bought a Tacoma 3 months after Toyota warranty enhancement program (ztz) no pol 14-03 date 06/25/14 primary coverage ended on Nov. 30 2015. The day time running lights have burn, and cracked ,the inside lens, inside the headlight unit. I had them looked at ,and pictures were taken of both burned headlights. They sent the info to servco hawaii 1-888-272-5515 and 3 weeks later on 03/11/2016 was told they denied me for the free replacement. I had talked to the guy I had gotten the truck from and he said he had never gotten a letter from Toyota, for the light problem or he would have gotten the free replacement done. I disappointed with Toyota not fixing this safety problem, as I feel if it can burn and crack the plastic lends I hope it can not start a fire. Also the distorted view the oncoming cars see. I have talked to others that stated they to never gotten notice of this headlight problem and they to have the day time running lights that are the cause of the problem. I have a feeling the letters were not sent to a lot of the people, that it should have sent to. I'm curious as to the number they did fix ,compared to how many trucks with day time running lights are out there, that were not fixed that should be fixed.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 3
Failure Date: 02/15/2016

Parking light assembly built into headlight assembly have broken and looks like they are ready to catch fire. Split in to causing lens to blacken.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 4
Failure Date: 08/07/2014

The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the lens for the daytime running lights was melted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 5
Failure Date: 08/02/2014

My amber driving light lens within the headlight assemblies are burned, one has broken in half.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 6
Failure Date: 07/02/2014

Air bag light on, Toyota found dtc s b1785 occupant classification sensor front left collision detection, b1650 occupant system malfunction, zero point calibration and sensitivity check done but Toyota hawaii says we need to replace front right seat sensor mat assy. Is that a safety issue and is this a manufacture defect? took to Toyota 3 times now for the same issue of the air bag light coming on. Please advise, thank you! both lens bulbs melt inner side of plastic parts on the headlights. Please advise if this is also a recall/defect.


car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 7
Failure Date: 06/28/2014

The daytime running lights have melted the newer type service bulletin replaced headlight housings. Also noticed is heat discoloration of the wiring connector.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma 8
Failure Date: 04/05/2014

Looks like burn marks from the amber driving lights. Also, there are bubbles and cracks in the headlight covers.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 9
Failure Date: 02/22/2014

Driving light/amber signal light on front of vehicle. Bulbs are too hot and have melted the lense inside the headlight assembly. Socket that bulb plugs into is also charring from heat. Concern that plastic will ignite if left unresolved. Vehicle is Toyota Tacoma 2009 pre-runner.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 10
Failure Date: 02/03/2014

The bulb to the daylight running lights melted the lens in front of it and broke it in two pieces. This is for both lights. This bulb is too close to the lens, probably a defect in engineering or design. These lights are constantly on and there is no way to turn them off. I'm afraid something will catch on fire. I called Toyota dealership and was told they couldn't fix it because I didn't have extended warranty. I called corporate offices and was told I would have to get vehicle diagnosed at cost of $150 before they considered taking any action. And if it was determined that it was a manufacturing defect than I would have to pay half of the cost of the new headlights, which would be around $300, plus the $150 for the diagnostic test. Told them others have had this exact same problem, to no avail. This is not fair as it's obvious this is defective equipment/design. Thank you.


 
car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma 11
Failure Date: 01/08/2014

Took vehicle in to dealer for other work. Was told by service advisor that technician found my headlights to be melting. Service advisor showed me problem and said it was daylight running lights. They were cracked and burned as was the assembly. I was quoted a price of $1300 to replace them. I purchased the vehicle new and have had it for 2 1/2 years. This is a hazard and a danger and they should be replaced by Toyota at their cost.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 11/11/2013

On a recent inspection of the lights on my vehicle I noticed that the daylight running lights (drl) were melting both left and right headlight assemblies. The light bulb retainer is discolored indicating signs of a high heat. My Toyota dealership confirmed there is a problem with the drl's, however they were only replacing the headlight assembly if the vehicle is under warranty. I then contacted Toyota customer service and asked if there was a fix for the headlights, they confirmed that there is no fix and they will not replace the headlight assembly. The problem is a potential fire hazard. An internet search provided numerous accounts and pictures of this chronic problem. I would like Toyota to correct the hazard and repair the damage to my vehicle. Again the biggest issue here is that if Toyota replaces the headlight assembly it will be with the same components that cause the problem.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 13
Failure Date: 10/15/2013

My vehicle daytime running lights (drl), are burning through the lenses. The lens in front of the bulb is discolored and seems to be melting and cracking due to overheating. The plastic is dark and looks burned. Because of the defect there is concern for driver safety as there seems to be an obvious fire hazard that has not been addressed by Toyota. This problem exists in both of my front headlights.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma 14
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

The orange bulb in the headlights burnt through plastic casing inside the headlight. One side has cracked. I'm not exactly sure when this happened, but I did notice it a while back that the bulb was burning the plastic, however, I just noticed that it cracked on one side.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 15
Failure Date: 09/02/2013

Both left and right dtrl lenses are melted from heat from the bulb, I am worried about an electrical short, or fire. Dealer says it is cosmetic and does not want to replace headlight assemblies since vehicle is out of warranty. I believe this is a safety issue that Toyota motor company should address with urgency.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 16
Failure Date: 09/02/2013

Burn out headlights.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 17
Failure Date: 08/26/2013

Daytime running lights generated enough heat to melt the interior colored lens on both headlight assemblies, I noticed discoloration and cracks in the colored lens within 1st 12 months. More recently the colored lens began to melt and run, looks as if they were exposed directly to flames. There is also noticeable heat damage to the clear exterior lens cover near the area of the drl. Toyota issued a service bulletin but did not notify owners of the potential fire hazard this may cause. Heat damage has clearly become more severe over time.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 18
Failure Date: 08/19/2013

Daytime running lights (drl) light bulbs along with outside temperatures generated enough heat to cause bubbling and cracked both headlight lenses. This may posed a fire hazard.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 19
Failure Date: 07/28/2013

My vehicle¿¿s daytime running lights (drl), which are located in the headlight assembly, are burning through the lenses. The lens in front of the bulb is discolored and seems to be melting due to overheating. The plastic is dark and looks burned. Because of the defect there is concern for driver safety as there seems to be an obvious fire hazard that has not been addressed by Toyota. This problem exists in both of my front headlights.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 20
Failure Date: 07/26/2013

Excessive heat from daylight running light bulbs cause my vehicle headlight lenses to slowly burn and crack.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 07/10/2013

Both headlight assemblies are melting from inside from the daytime running lamp bulb heat. All components are stock as-built items, no modifications of any kind. Attempting to get Toyota to replace assemblies at this time. Vehicle is a few months out of warranty time but well within miles. The headlight assemblies will eventually melt away and perhaps catch fire if this is not properly rectified. There is surely a design flaw in these headlight assemblies.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 07/02/2013

Daylight headlight burned and broke in two parts.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 04/29/2013

The driving lights on my 2010 Toyota Tacoma have burnt both headlight lens and cracked one. The service manager immediately commented aloud that this was a design issue and the dealership had seen this problem in other like vehicles. A call to Toyota received a rapid no! to assuming any responsibility. Toyota refused to replace the headlight lens due to the vehicle being out of warranty due to mileage. On November 09, 2013, the Toyota rep offered to replace one lamp assembly but the owner had to purchase the second one and assume all labor costs. This is not acceptable considering that this is a manufacturer's design defect. It is unknown if this problem occurred during warranty or at what point afterwards. The vehicle has been regularly serviced at the dealership as per owner's manual yet no technician reported the burnt and cracked lens problem. It was the owner who first noticed the problem April 29, 2013, two days after the vehicle was serviced at the dealership. However that same week, the owner was diagnosed with aggressive cancer and an immediate treatment plan prevented the owner from pursuing the lens issue.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 03/15/2013

The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that he noticed a smell emanating from the front of the vehicle. Upon further inspection, he noticed that the base of the headlight bulbs had melted as well as the socket. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and was informed that the wiring harness would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was 45,000. . . . Updated 07-10-13 the consumer stated the problem was not the headlight bulbs, but with the daytime running lights. They were located in the in headlight assembly. The and base of the bulbs and sockets had melted. The headlight assembly was cracked from the heat. Toyota helped pay for the replacement of the headlight assembly. One week later, the problem returned. Updated 07/18/13.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 25
Failure Date: 01/02/2013

2005 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle headlights. The consumer stated the plastic covers that covered the headlights had turned yellow. The consumer stated the covers should have been made out of glass, instead of plastic.

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