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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,734 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 10 of 45)

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problem #717

Aug 022010


  • 50,000 miles


Headlight intermittently fails.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #716

Aug 082012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 69,871 miles
I have purchased the vehicle nearly two years ago... and I did purchase an extended warranty just in case a mechanical failure would happen..I have visited the dealer complaining about the regular battery not the cell because the battery should at least last me 4 years, nothing happened, they have flatly refused to do so, now I am constantly having problem with the passenger headlight that is going in and out sporadically. I have read in the forum that so many Toyota having the same problem and that Toyota want to charge to fix the problem instead of a recall....I am writing to you so I can get help with these problems.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #715

May 232012


  • 55,000 miles
The passenger side headlight frequently fails to turn on. Sometimes it turns on, then shuts off within the course of a drive. Sometimes it doesn't turn on at all. It seems like it must be a problem with the electrical system, as the bulb itself continues to light, it just doesn't light all the time. The driver's side headlight, in the mean time, is perfectly fine and never has problems, which also suggests some kind of electrical/connector issue.

- Batavia, IL, USA

problem #714

Jul 182012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


While driving our car, the driver side light has been shutting off. If you turn the light off and on it usual comes back on. Recently we have had both lights shut off on their own while driving. This is extremely dangerous, but fortunately we were able to turn them back on by turning the lights off and on. I contacted Toyota and they said they extended the warranty for this problem to 50,000 miles, but our car is 4,000 miles past. They admitted this was a problem but offered no remedy other than taking it to the dealer. Not only is this a very expensive problem, it is a very dangerous situation. I was driving on a dark country road when the lights turned off, and I was essentially driving blind for a short time. At the very least I feel that Toyota should tell all of it's Prius owners that the potential for this problem is out there. Some quick investigating on the internet shows that this is not an isolated problem. It appears to be a rather common problem. I am writing in hopes that Toyota can be persuaded into doing the right thing to protect the safety of their customers, because they made it clear that they are not willing to do so on their own imitative. Thank you!

- Maple City, MI, USA

problem #713

Feb 082012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
The front headlight started going on and off periodically while driving, we went on a trip to hungary and the light started acting up. We have taken it to two Toyota dealerships within germany with no resolution but expensive bills due to the mechanics hooking it up to computer systems to diagnose the problem. This is causing us safety issues while driving especially on not clear days due to the early morning fog. I have consulted with my brother's body shop to see if there has been any recalls or defects on the lights, nothing. I am taking it again this week to the Toyota shop in mannheim germany. This problem has not been resolved since Feb 2012. I would appreciate some resolution to this problem before the lights cause us an accident. I have had the two front headlight bulbs replaced which are not inexpensive. Thank you if you need to contact me do it via email, this is my parents phone number in pa, I cannot type in my number in germany. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Apo, AE, USA

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problem #712

Nov 172012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
When I turned my car on to go home my dash lights did not work or backup cam or seat belt alarm nothing was showing I could not tell if I was going forward or backwards etc I parked it turned off 2 times then 5 mins later it can back on automatically fixxx this.

- Sapphire, NC, USA

problem #711

Nov 152012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 28,800 miles


The headlight was on, then turned off after a few minutes. Took the car to a local shop (dealer price is way too high), replaced the bulb and board, problem persists. Search internet, found a lot of posts for the same issue. It is a car we bought for my 16 year-old daughter. Now we are horrified. We do not know if there is a fix for this problem, and how can our government not force toyata to fix the problem. We paid a boundle for this car even it is used, now we are stuck and will be worried to death when my daughter drives is in the dark. Please take action, it is serious.

- Temple City, CA, USA

problem #710

Oct 012009


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while traveling 70 mph, both low beam headlights shut off without warning. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road where the lights were reset and began to function normally. The contact stated that the headlights would sporadically fail. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the issue. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 101,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #709

Mar 162011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I have a 2007 Toyota Prius. Was informed by people and mechanic that my front left headlight was out, this started in 2010. If I turned the headlights off and on again, the headlight would come back on. Goes off randomly. Asked Toyota to replace it after I received a notice about a class action lawsuit in calif about the same problem with Toyota Prius's. again in 2012 was pulled over by police twice and informed that my front left headlight was out. Turned lights off and on again, and light comes back on. Happened randomly.

- Hopewell, NJ, USA

problem #708

Mar 052012


  • 96,000 miles
About a year ago, the passenger head light started going out. We would select the lights off and then back on and they would come on. This would happen a couple of times in a 30 mile trip. More recently both head lights would start going out. Sometimes it is the left, sometimes it is the right, sometimes it is both headlights. It is getting more and more frequent. Today, at 6:30am (still very dark outside) both head lights went out approx 6 times in a 30 mile trip down the interstate. I have talked to Toyota about the one headlight before and they said they are aware of the problem, but they will not cover any cars over 70,000 miles. They say that the headlights will never go out. For one light, it is $400. Reading forums they say it can be a computer module which runs approx $3500. I believe that this vehicle is incredibly unsafe if both of the headlights are going out while at high speeds (or even anytime while it is dark outside).

- Ellabell, GA, USA

problem #707

Aug 012011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


Hid headlights turn off without warning while driving. Then if you turn them off and turn them on again, they'll come on again (sometimes dimly) and then turn off. Sometimes the left one goes out. Sometimes the right one goes out. Sometimes both go out.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #706

Mar 112011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
When I shipped my car over to italy for my permanent change of duty station, my neighbor notice that one of my headlight is off and the other is still on so he thought I have a bad headlight. I check it by turning it off and then turning it on again. It turn on. But a few week later while I was driving home from work my headlight suddenly went off while I was in the middle of the highway. I was driving in the dark. I turned the light off and turned it back on again and it turned on. After that it turn off more often as time goes on. About July, 2011 I did some searching online and it appear to be a known problem for most Toyota Prius owner that have hid headlight. The headlight is expensive to replaced. My car was still under warranty, so I tried to contact the Toyota dealer to set up some type of arrangement so that I can get it fix over here. My Toyota dealer did not reply about the issue. I also contact the Toyota main company online but they told me that they cannot do anything for me. They refuse to send me a new part or provide me with any reimbursement due to the fact that the car was 5 years old. My headlight was defected before their 5 years 50K warranty end.

- Fpo , AE, USA

problem #705

Dec 012011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Left headlight started just going off completely at nite, now both are going off while driving. Checking online, it seems that many other Toyota owners have had same problem, and one of the vendors of headlights for Toyota manufactured defective headlights. Thus not all Toyota have the prob, just the ones with this vendor's headlights. But it still shows many do have the bad headlights. Toyota is not standing behind this issue and repairing the defective ones as they should. It is a very expensive...almost 2000 dollars to replace the computer controllers and headlights.

- Fountain Hills, AZ, USA

problem #704

Oct 122011


  • 94,587 miles
Left front headlight went out then 4 months later the right front headlight went out. I can make them work again by toggling the on/off switch. There has been many times that both lights went out at the same time. I looked at the bulbs and they are fine its the light module that is defective and needs to be replaced which is about 600 plus for both. Kind of find this hard to get fixed so I have been dealing with this light issue for some time now. They should just take responsibility for a poorly designed module and replace them! since they did not stand by there product I went out and bought a Ford edge instead of a Toyota highlander.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #703

Sep 102012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Recently purchased vehicle approximately 4 months ago. Headlights suddenly go out while driving, are unpredictable and at times will not stay on. They may work for days and then suddenly will start going out. One headlight, both headlights, hi beams, lo beams, no pattern to what goes out or works when problem starts to occur. Each time headlights are turned off and back on the result of what is working or not working is different. At times turning on high beams results in all lights going out at the same time. Presents a dangerous situation making it unsafe to be caught away from home with the car at dusk. My 19 year old son spent his hard earned money to buy this Toyota for transportation while away from home at college. Toyota is unwilling to accept responsibility for costly repairs in a hit and miss game of lets throw money at the problem replacing parts trying to resolve it until they "fix it". I have no comfort that the problem is ever fixed regardless of how much money is spent since the problem is intermittent and may not be seen for weeks at a time. How can Toyota get away with not addressing this safety hazard?

- Easton, PA, USA

problem #702

Sep 232012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The hid headlights on my 2007 Toyota Prius go off without warning - it was once the driver's side, and yesterday it was the passenger side - but they comeback next time I turn them on -

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #701

Aug 102011


  • 70,000 miles
My 2007 Toyota Prius hid left/right lights goes off intermittently when driving!! sometimes both of them go out at the same time, it is so dangerous. I contacted the Toyota dealer and they want $300 to replace head lamps, but do not guarantee that it will fix the issue. Last night I was stopped by police because my driver side head lamps was out, but I had turn off, then on the lights, and it was back on. I believed this is a well known issue with the Toyota Prius and Toyota should do the right thing and fixed it. I hope that Toyota does not wait for a major accident to do the right thing.

- Paterson, NJ, USA

problem #700

Aug 172012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 600,200 miles
While driving, the car's headlights suddenly turn off whether it be the right or left light. The only way to make the light turn on again is to flip your headlights off then on again. And even then, the lights would seem to do the same thing but in shorter intervals of time. I happened to receive a ticket for "driving without headlights" when in fact they just turned off without my knowledge. I have brought my car into Toyota with this being a popular manufacturing defect amongst other 2006-07 Prius models, but to my surprise, the cost for bulb repair would be approximately $660. Even after such payment was given and repairs were performed, that would not fully guarantee a full fix on the problem.

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #699

Aug 012011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Low beam headlights burning out consistently after a very short time. Last one only lasted about 3 weeks.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #698

Jul 232012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 103,046 miles
Headlights (left, right and/or both) intermittently go off and on while driving. This has happened before and Toyota replaced the bulbs (I think) as a defect. Several blogs report this problem. It is dangerous and could result in an accident at worst and a ticket at best. Toyota should recall and correct the problem permanently and not require owners to pay for what is an obvious design defect.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

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