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Toyota Prius 2008
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
July 18, 2014
Location:
Chattanooga, TN

the headlights intermittently fail - turn off - during driving (without warning). fortunately, so far only one headlight has failed at once. toyota is aware of this issue, but so far there haven't been enough problems, apparently, to justify a safety recall. seems like a very serious thing - and it is just a matter of good fortune on toyota's part that there have not been fatalities (to my knowledge).

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 112011 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JTDKB20U387. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 45 mph.

Toyota Prius 2010
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Jan 18, 2015
Location:
Portland, OR

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.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 55000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JTDKN3DU5A0. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 0 mph.

Toyota Prius 2010
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Jan 18, 2015
Location:
Tacoma, WA

both low beams went out at same time at night. high beams operational. bulbs had been replaced a month ago. a quick search finds many instances of this happening. it shouldn't be the bulbs. makes for very dangerous driving.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 112236 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JTDKN3DU2A5. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 10 mph.

Toyota Avalon 2008
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Jan 01, 2014
Location:
Englewood, FL

lights just stopped working. toyota acknowledged there was a problem with the head lights and wrote several dealer service memos concerning this problem. after talking with toyota consumer affairs that this was was their problem and they should fix it, they said it was out of warranty. they even advised me that the low beams may fail. they were not concerned about my safety and told me just about to pound sand. they could care less about this, even though they're aware of the problem. my safety means nothing, even after owning 5 toyota vehicles.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 60000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):4T1BK36B28U. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 55 mph.

Toyota Prius 2010
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Mar 25, 2014
Location:
Sammamish, WA

my 2010 prius has had an ongoing problem with the main headlamps blowing, becoming inoperative and effectively leaving me with diminished visibility. this has happened approximately every 3 months since march 2014. either one or both headlamps will blow. this is due to a known problem with this model and is covered under a toyota/nhtsa service bulletin (tsp-0204-12). in my case, i purchased the car used, from a toyota dealer with the toyota certified car warranty, but this failure of the wiring harness is apparently not covered. judging by the percentage of complaints in the safercar.gov database for this model, this is a common problem and my experience has been typical. in the most recent incident, it was raining heavily and i ended up driving 150 miles with a blown headlamp, unsafe for me and unsafe for those whom i shared the road with.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 40000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JTDKN3DU8A5. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 35 mph.

Toyota Prius 2006
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Nov 11, 2014
Location:
Putnam, CT

my 2006 toyota prius headlight goes off when driving. it flickers first and then goes off. sometimes one light goes off and sometimes both of them. when i turn the light off and turn it back on headlights work again. but after a while they turn off again. they stay on steady after i drive for more than an hour in long trips and after turning it off and then on again several times.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 93000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JTDKB20U063. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 55 mph.

Toyota Prius 2007
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Jan 17, 2015
Location:
Pittsburg, CA

on my way home from work, my drivers side headlight went completely out. the area i work in is extremely foggy and adequate head and fog lights are required. driving without my headlights is extremely dangerous. toyota needs to take responsibility and replace the faulty electronics in the headlights of the second generation prius.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 193000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JTDKB20U077. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 68 mph.

Toyota Avalon 2008
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Sept 20, 2014
Location:
Bellingham, MA

toyota has issue with day time running lights and high beams. they will only warranty if under 72000 mile or 5 years. if they have a problem they should stand behind.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 90000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):4T1BK36B88U. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Toyota Prius 2010
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
May 02, 2014
Location:
San Jose, CA

one of the headlights (low beam) stopped working sometimes in 2013, then it came back. over the course of 2013-2014, the front right light went out and i had the light bulb replaced. then it died again. i replaced both bulbs based on the aftermarket recommendation but the lights are not bright enough. the front left parking light also died twice. something is screwy with the electrical for the lights

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 5000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JTDKN3DU3A0. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 0 mph.

Toyota Prius 2010
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Jan 17, 2015
Location:
Overland Park, KS

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.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 114000 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Toyota Prius 2007
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Jan 14, 2011
Location:
Nashville, TN

while driving the left headlight went out i turned off the lights and back on, the headlight came back on. since this first incident the right headlight done the same while driving. both headlights have turned off at the same time while driving. it seems like this is a wide spread issue with this year of prius. the dealership will currently only replace the bulbs at a cost to me of $1250.00. the bulbs don't seem to be the problem, considering they work most of the time. if you can turn the lights off and back on again and the light(s) return to working state, its seems to be an electrical controller board problem.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 45000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JTDKB20U577. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 35 mph.

Toyota Prius 2008
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Jan 01, 2014
Location:
Winston Salem, NC

right headlight started working intermittently around 50,000 miles, then finally failed. replacing the bulb did not fix the problem. then left headlight completely failed around 63,000 miles. it was definitely annoying to have one functioning headlight, and now it's just plain unsafe not to have any at all.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 50000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JTDKB20U583. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 35 mph.

Toyota Prius 2007
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Jan 20, 2015
Location:
Nashville, TN

my headlights randomly quit working, sometimes the left, sometimes the right, sometimes both. i can restart the headlights by turning the switch off and back on. this has been going on for 3 or 4 years. the dealer can't reproduce the problem (they always work there), and there is no suggested fix.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 144000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JTDKB20U873. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 10 mph.

Toyota Prius 2010
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Feb 26, 2014
Location:
Perryville, MD

i purchased a certified used 2010 toyota prius from the east coast⿿s number one certified used toyota dealer. i was presented with papers showing all the checks performed with a certified used toyota and that the vehicle i was purchasing had pass all the inspections. i test drove the vehicle during the day and did not use the headlights. once i was home (over 3 hours away) i used the headlights for the first time in the next few days. the driver⿿s side lights were very dim. i took the low beam bulb out and notice a lot of corrosion on the bulb and moisture in the headlamp assembly. i let it dry out and replaced both the drivers and passenger side low beam light bulbs. over the summer i noticed a few time moisture would build up but would be gone within a few days. now during the winter the moisture has frozen inside the driver side headlamp assembly and impedes on the effectiveness of the headlamp. my visibility is reduced and has now become a safety issue. i have not owned the vehicle for a full year yet and even purchased the top of the line extended toyota warranty. my local dealer stated it was not covered under any warranty and that would cost around $500 to be replaced. toyota has a technical service bulletin on this issue and should repair at no cost to owners due to a safety hazard.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 33350 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JTDKN3DU9A1. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 65 mph.

Toyota Prius 2007
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Jan 15, 2015
Location:
Monsey, NY

my 2007 prius has the hid (high intensity) headlights. sometimes both headlights go out at the same time and sometimes just the passenger side headlight goes out. i originally thought that the problem was the bulbs so i replaced both bulbs just a few weeks ago with new bulbs, but the problem is still occurring. sometimes when i turn the light switch off and then on again the headlights come on again. it seems to be a random occurrence but it is happening more and more frequently. this is a very dangerous situation especially when driving at night.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 142000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JTDKB20U777. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Toyota Tundra 2001
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Jan 26, 2015
Location:
Tucson, AZ

both low beam headlights went out simultaneously. safety driving lights also did not work. high beam headlights did work. troubleshooting revealed that both sylvania silverstar 9033/hb2 h4 light bulbs burned out simultaneously. the headlight bulbs are dangerous and should be recalled asap. having both headlights burn out at the same time in inexcusable! it nearly caused me to crash at high speed. had to drive home using my high beams and fog lights.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 146232 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TBBT48121S. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 55 mph.

Toyota Tundra 2006
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
June 14, 2014
Location:
Lewiston, ID

moisture inside left headlight lens, affecting brightness of light.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 125000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TBDT441X6S. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Toyota Prius 2009
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Nov 28, 2014
Location:
El Cajon, CA

driver's side headlight will go out without warning. later the light will go out again. the headlight has been replaced as well as the amplifier. the new light bulb was left on for 3 hours while car was parked but then when it was driven, the light went out again.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 40000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JTDKB20U097. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 45 mph.

Toyota Tacoma 2009
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Aug 06, 2010
Location:
Cypress, TX

drl burning lens.afraid it will catch on fire

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 40000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):3TMJU62N19M. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Toyota Prius 2007
Toyota Motor Corporation
Safety incident date:
Nov 07, 2014
Location:
Chico, CA

headlights go out intermittently, random malfunction. will come back on if you turn the headlights off and back on. they work normally some of the time and then will shut off as you are driving.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 60000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JTDKB20U077. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 55 mph.


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