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Headlights Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1



Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 50 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 1
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 2
Failure Date: 08/02/2014

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

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 3
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 4
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 5
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 6
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 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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 2009 Toyota Tacoma 11
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 12
Failure Date: 09/02/2013

Burn out headlights.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
Failure Date: 07/02/2013

Daylight headlight burned and broke in two parts.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 19
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 2005 Toyota Tacoma 20
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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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 11/28/2012

Daytime running lights are causing melting and cracking of the lens covering from the inside. I took my vehicle to a Toyota dealership in tampa, florida. Vehicle was inspected. I called Toyota customer service on November 28, 2012 and explained that this is a fire hazard and requested it be repaired. Toyota customer service called me back on November 28, 2012 and said that because the "original factory warranty" had expired so that there would be no remedy offered by Toyota. This problem is well documented online on various Tacoma / Toyota owners' sites. Personnel at the dealership told me that the "replacement part" had been re-designed to eliminate this problem. . . . So Toyota is aware of the problem. The headlight is progressively getting worse. It seems that the daytime running lights were not properly engineered in this model. Because of the defect there is a clear conscience the melting lenses create an obvious fire hazard. The Toyota dealership where I purchased my Tacoma in the tampa florida area advised me that Toyota has no recall of extended warranty for this "known" problem. I was very dismayed to hear this because the issue is clearly presents a threat to the driver. Because of this situation I have to make a decision on what options are available to me. Either I replace the entire headlight assembly with the Toyota factory assembly which is already known to have a defect or I figure out a way to disable the daytime running lights to cut back on the head that builds up with them constantly being on. I would rather not disable the daytime running lights because I believe that they do provide significant safety value. I am not sure what I am going to do at this point but clearly action is needed. I would like Toyota to step up to the plate and replace the defective potentially harmful headlight assemblies.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 11/12/2012

Daytime running light bulbs on both headlight assemblies have burned straight through the orange plastic covers, causing them both to bubble, and crack in half. This is now causing the entire headlight assembly to fog over! bought truck brand new from dealer so these are the original, factory equipped headlamp assemblies. They have never been changed.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 10/22/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the headlight lenses melted and cracked. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for inspection but they only took pictures. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they stated that the vehicle was out of warranty. The failure mileage was 37,383. Ap.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 24
Failure Date: 10/22/2012

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the daytime running lights would cause the headlight lens to overheat, melting the plastic lenses. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that there was a bulletin from the manufacturer that stated if any headlight was defective they have to replace both headlights. The dealer will repair the failure of the parts free of charge, but the contact has to pay for the labor. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that there were no recalls and offered no further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 37,800.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 25
Failure Date: 10/17/2012

The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while parked, he noticed that the headlights were burning through the lens and socket. As a result, both components were cracking. The contact also stated that the turning signals would not illuminate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing. The technician stated that both headlight assemblies needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000 and the current mileage was 101,000.

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