2016 Honda Accord lights problems: daytime led lights burning out

Daytime Led Lights Burning Out

2016 Honda Accord (Page 1 of 3)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Honda dealer.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
40,800 miles
Total Complaints:
52 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace headlight assembly (40 reports)
  2. not sure (10 reports)
  3. honda replaced it for me free of charge. thanks to them (2 reports)
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2016 Honda Accord Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #52

Jan 232019

Accord EX

  • CVT transmission
  • 42,244 miles


I really hate how Honda's quality went down over the years. It's my 3rd Honda (2004, 20012, 2016) and it's just getting worth and worth.

I have noticed the burnt out LED today, when it's past warranty. However, it may have happened earlier as well. Typically LEDs are more reliable with a lifetime of about 30,000 hours. The car is used no more than 2 hours a day, meaning it went out in no more than 2,000 hours. And, per my research, it costs arm and leg to replace it.

If Honda does not take responsibility for this very widespread issue. I am not buying Honda again!

- Michael F., Morrisville, NC, US

problem #51

Mar 052019

Accord Sport 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 28,000 miles

Shame on Honda for these faulty DRLs. Half side of my drl on driver side is gone.

- Gerardo R., Chicago, US

problem #50

Nov 032018

Accord Sport

  • Manual transmission
  • 36,600 miles

The passenger DRL is starting to go out on my ‘16 Accord Sport. It hasn’t gone completely out like I see many others but it’s noticeably dimmer than the driver side DRL so I expect it to go out soon. Honda would not replace the light under warranty since the DRL hadn’t burnt out yet. The car was just purchased last week and is a CPO so has 12mo/12k warranty. Not sure if they will cover the repair when it does go completely out or if they will claim the “wear and tear item” clause, when this is obviously a widespread issue. Not sure if I can wait for it to go out as I’m peculiar about the aesthetics of a vehicle so I may replace it myself. It’s driving me nuts that the DRLs aren’t working properly on these cars. In just the past week I’ve seen probably 8-10 of these cars with the same issue on the road or on dealer websites with photos of DRLs on.

- Matt W., Alton, VA, US

problem #49

Nov 012018

Accord EX 2.4L V4

  • CVT transmission
  • 41,602 miles


Right after taking it in for maintenance, they told me my passenger side fog lights were out and it would cost over $400 in parts and labor to get replaced. $400 to replace a light? I opted to wait and do some more digging adobe for costs and other options. While I'm doing that, I noticed my driver side daylight led is half out just like everyone else reported. Doing some more research into fixes, I'm seeing this may bed to be replaced for $1200? This all happens right after warranty expired since my car is at 41k miles! Just prior to this, I had the reverse camera replaced because the clip broke off and guess what... I had to get that while camera unit replaced because you can't get the clip separate from the camera, even though the camera itself is working! This was going to cost weight $300/$400! Luckily this piece still was uber warranty at 35,800 miles. Unbelievable! Honda quantity has really give down so much! This may be the last Honda I will buy.

- nocturnone, San Jose, US

problem #48

Oct 242018

Accord EX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 38,000 miles

Both driver and passanger side led drl lights burnt out. Honda wants over $1,000 to replace the entire headlight assembly because the leds are built in and can not be replaced. Definitely a saftey issue and an outragous price for something that is supposed to last the life of the car. Honda customer service has not been able to help one bit. No recalls in sight.

- Andy S., Washington DC, US

problem #47

Feb 232019

Accord EX-L 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 47,000 miles

Vehicle is only 3 years old and the daytime running light on the driver side is already out. Vehicle only has 47,000 miles on it. To get it fixed through Honda dealer it'll be $500-600. Honda needs to do a recall on this, as I see I'm not the only complaint.

- Ryan S., Paola, KS, US

problem #46

Oct 012018

Accord Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


Well I purchased my car new. One day my dad noticed that my passenger LED light was half working. Called the dealership, since I was past my warranty, its an $650.00 fix. I contacted Honda of America Mfg and they told since I am out of warranty that I would have to pay for it. I talked to the dealer and we were able to work out a deal since this is a KNOWN issue.

Honda needs to get their act together. First this LED light, then the battery issue with it dying after only 2 years. Whoever engineered the "SPORT" model needs to go back to engineering school. I had only Hondas my whole life and I am really thinking about going to a different brand. This is ridiculous!

- Nataria S., Columbus, US

problem #45

Feb 012019

Accord Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles

It's frustrating that the only way to fix the DRL problem is to replace the whole (very expensive) headlight assembly.

- Michael W., Middle River, US

problem #44

Dec 042018

Accord Sport V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,500 miles

Daytime LED running light on driver side of my 2016 Honda Accord Sport burned out. I saw several other people complain about the same issue. Mileage on my car was 39,500 so it had just gone out of warranty. This happened about a month ago and I didn't get a chance to take it to the dealership right away.

I called Honda USA and they weren't willing to help at all because there was a minor damage to the opposite side(passenger) of the bumper due to an incident. Driver side LED light was burned out before this happened. The insurance company agent validated there is no correlation between the two. I was on the phone with Honda USA for at least an hour to get them to understand this but they kept coming back and saying they wouldn't cover it.

I went to the local Honda dealership where I get my Honda serviced and asked the manager to explain to honda dealership that there is no correlation between the incident that happened on the passenger side of the car and driver side LED light being burned out and he straight up wasn't willing to validate anything.

I insisted to ask him to check with Honda USA and explain the situation from his side because it might look biased coming from me. He stated he would reach out to Honda for me but I didn't expect much from him, after calling him at least 3 times to get an update he just told me he can't do anything.

Now I am stuck with around $600 out of pocket expense.

Thanks Honda!! Your customer service is amazing!

- Raj S., Ashburn, VA, US

problem #43

Dec 172018

Accord EX-L 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 83,000 miles

This is ridiculous, this part should be user replaceable, it is an LED strip, that should be no more than $40 to fix. Both the Dealer and Honda America's comments so far have been: "This is the way it was engineered" . My response is that the "Engineer should be reprimanded!" It should not cost over $600 dollars to replace a light strip. To top it all off, my dealer would have to order one, so it could not be fixed for a week.

This should be a user replaceable part. that can be done in a driveway.

- Keith Z., Brooklyn, CT, US

problem #42

Nov 212018

Accord Sport 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 50,000 miles


I noticed the daytime running light on the driver side was only half lit. When I took my car in for service, I asked about replacing it. I was told that it was out of warranty and it would be about $650 to replace as the entire light has to be replaced.

- Manny J., Elizabeth, NJ, US

problem #41

Oct 152018

Accord Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

Drivers side led strip is half way out. The only way to fix this this to change the whole headlight assembly!

- Jessica L., Batavia, US

problem #40

Dec 252018

Accord Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,103 miles

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daytime led lights burning out

I purchased my 2016 Honda Accord Sport brand new and I have had no other problems with this car and it currently has 50,103 miles on it. But this is the second LED light I am having to replace at my expense. The first one went out about 2 months ago, well over the warranty. These lights seem to be an issue, an expensive issue I might add. I believe they should be replaced by Honda with lights that would last longer. I love my Honda but come on replacing lights, I've never had this problem with my other vehicles purchased with LED lights. I don't seem to be the only one complaining about these lights either.

- Dana C., Terrell, NC, US

problem #39

Oct 042018

Accord EXL 2.4L V4

  • CVT transmission
  • 24,000 miles

Passenger side headlight, LED strip was half out. It was replaced under warranty. It looked great, went home, then noticed that the new light is brighter than the Driver side. I'm thinking it going out soon as well. I then noticed condensation on the driver headlight, could this be an issue with the seals that leads to the LED shorting out?

- Nick V., Bronxville, US

problem #38

Jun 012018

Accord EX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 35,650 miles

The DRL light went out on the driver side at almost 36k, I was lucky I had it replaced under warranty. They replaced the whole headlight!! Am I supposed to pay for the whole thing if it happened again? Which it wouldn't surprise me since it seems to be a common issue with this particular model!

- Ahmad A., Santa Cruz, US

problem #37

Jun 012018

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

Led lights drivers side went out around 28,000 miles. Dealer stated he was surprised and had no others came in with the problem. Lie. Passenger side one just went out at 35,500. Both were replaced free under standard 3 yr 36,000 mile warranty. This needs to be a recall by honda. I'm not paying the $1200 when they go out again.

- Jill B., Escondido, US

problem #36

Oct 022018

Accord V6 Touring 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,357 miles

Passenger side DRL LED light is gone. Brought to dealership and was told to replace the entire head light assembly for $1300CAD + labour. That is ridiculous!

Honda should issue a recall for this design flaw!

- Dom C., Stouffville, ON, Canada

problem #35

Sep 272018

Accord EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,500 miles

I have a 2016 Honda Accord EX. My DRL is burning out on the driver side. I called the dealer and spoke to a service advisor. Unfortunately, my car was out of warranty because I got 40,200 miles on the car. On the good note: I have to wait another week before the service manager came back and "HOPING" that he will call Honda Manufacture to ask them to do something about it because the car just got 4000 miles plus over the warranty. Of course, that have to be wait and see. Wish me good luck...

In the mean time, I am keeping my fingers crossed. Like most people said, it cost over $1200 to replace it. That's ridiculous. I am not going to pay for that.

* I will keep updating after talking to service manager next week.

Update from Oct 22, 2018: Updated: after talking to one of the Eddie service advisor. He suggested that i came and talked to the service manager. When I walked into the office of the service manager, Ryan S. I explained the situation of the Running Daytime Light (RDL). He knew the problem had been is very common. he go ahead and fixed it for me free of charge. I didn't have a spare a dime. Thanks to the Eddie G and Ryan S. from Stockton Honda. No more complaint on my part.

- Terry T., Stockton, CA, US

problem #34

Sep 272018

Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 36,700 miles

This appears to be a common problem that Honda should fix

- John N., Phoenix, AZ, US

problem #33

Jul 162018

Accord EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,500 miles

The lower section of the passenger side daytime running lights have stopped working. Since I knew this was a problem with other similar Honda's I've seen on the road and online complaints, I contacted Honda national to see if there is an updated part number. From what I understand, the heat sink is not properly designed or seated on the OEM unit which leads to overheating and premature failure. Honda National Customer Support was of absolutely no use. They would not confirm a modified part number that corrected this problem and referred me to the dealer. I understand this one is under warranty, but the other side will likely fail within a few thousand miles and if the same faulty designed part is replaced, it will fail again. LED lights should not fail with less than 1,000 hours use. Honda customer support on this issue is pig-headed.

- shardin111, Houston, TX, USA

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