Headlights Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1

Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 66 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Tacoma based on all problems reported for the Tacoma.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma 1
Failure Date: 05/07/2018

This is a complaint with Toyota. I bought my 2011 Toyota Tacoma pre runner sport brand new. this is a complaint with Toyota. I bought my 2011 Toyota Tacoma prerunner sport brand new. About a year ago, I noticed my amber "daytime running lights" were becoming discolored, it had the appearance of the bulb becoming hot, melting and discoloring my amber lenses. At that time it was just starting to turn colors. Last week a man at the gas station pointed at my drivers side running light and said I should have that looked at before it burns through or causes a fire. Upon his comment I noticed it had become noticeably worse, to the point I do not feel like the vehicle is safe to drive with the running lights on, you can not turn them off during daytime driving, it is a safety matter. I immediately contacted my Toyota dealership service rep in tracy, CA, tracy Toyota, he said there was nothing they could do and gave me the Toyota corporate office 800 number. Today I talked to two employees who were sympathetic but ultimately said nothing can be done by them and I was told by them a letter was mailed out regarding this defect, the letter confirms it as a known defect and the letter shows Toyota has acknowledged it as such. My warranty has since expired. I never received the letter and they refuse to pay to repair for this defect. This problem still exists for 2011 Toyota Tacomas. I have to pay out of pocket to replace both headlight running light assemblies, I am requesting Toyota to reimburse me the cost as I will keep the receipt and ask for the damaged parts. This defect diminishes the safety function of a daytime running light and could cause a fire as well.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 2
Failure Date: 09/20/2017

Headlamps drl bulbs burned through lens. Toyota will not cover even though this was recalled previously. The design of these headlights is flawed!.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 3
Failure Date: 09/01/2017

The yellow part of the headlight has melted cracking both lenses inside , was told the recall was over and I was to late to have both headlight assemblies replaced . I got nothing in the mail , nothing by the dealer to let me know if was a problem.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma 4
Failure Date: 07/07/2017

The plastic headlight housing over the daytime running lights is melting / bubbling. The truck has only 40,000 miles. Toyota will not replace or repair under warranty enhancement. Possible fire hazard.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma 5
Failure Date: 06/01/2017

My headlight assembly lens were distorted and bubbled on both side of the vehicle. Toyota replaced the headlights twice on the right & 1 on the left. Now the one on the right is distorted and bubbled again and Toyota refused to replace it because it is outside the 5 years/70,000 mi warranty. This is a potential fire hazard and a defect from the design. Please see attached picture for reference.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 Toyota Tacoma 6
Failure Date: 04/07/2017

Headlight assembly inner lens distortion. Toyota never sent me the extension of warranty notice for this defect, my dealership did not mention it to me and now neither will cover this obvious and recognized safety defect even though I have owned the vehicle since 2010 when the vehicle had only 8000 miles on it.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 7
Failure Date: 04/07/2017

Day time running lights melted headlights.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma 8
Failure Date: 01/23/2017

2016 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer writes in regards to headlights failure to provide adequate night lighting. The consumer stated the lighting was especially poor during rain or snow. The dealer stated the vehicle was operating as designed. The consumer feels the standards for the headlights should be reviewed.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 9
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 10
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 11
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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 01/07/2015

~tl the contact owns a 2011 Toyota Tacoma. While driving with the daytime running lamps illuminated, the condensation on the headlights split and melted. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer (premier Toyota , 5601 national rd e, richmond, in 47374) where it was diagnosed that the headlight/turn signal assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified and opened case number: 1801113120. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 25,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Toyota Tacoma 13
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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
Failure Date: 04/05/2014

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

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 18
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 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
Failure Date: 09/02/2013

Burn out headlights.


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