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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,946 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 20 of 46)

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problem #521

Oct 202008


  • 40,000 miles


I purchased a 2007 Toyota Prius and noticed my headlights were intermittently going out around 40,000 miles.both the right and left light would go out individually and there was no pattern to either. There were times in which both headlights would go out at the same time. In order to get my headlights back on, I would have to turn my light switch off and then turn it back on again. The lights would turn off numerous times and I would have to repeat the process over and over. This was very scary because I would not be able to see while I was driving. My speed would reach up to 70 mph depending on the type of road I was driving on. I took my Prius to the local Toyota dealership to have them inspect the vehicle and I was told by the service manager that it would cost $500 for two bulbs and labor. This was a very expensive fix for the problem. The expense was so great that we had to save money for a long while to afford it. I believe this issue should be classified in a recall category. This is an extremely dangerous issue and your prompt response would be greatly appreciated.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #520

Sep 212010


  • 48,000 miles
Both headlights temporarily failed on my 2007 Toyota Prius. I have just read your incident report PE09019, and I can verify that both headlight did fail simultaneously. Both returned after toggling the lights. However, I have since observed individual failures on each light over the course of a few hours. I'll be having the lights replaced, but I do believe this is a bigger problem that your previous research implies.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #519

Sep 202010


  • 40,000 miles
Headlight goes out intermittently and only comes back on after turning headlights off and back on again. Dealer told me it was "known issue with Prius vehicle".

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #518

Oct 012009


  • 60,000 miles


I currently own a 2007 Prius. The passenger side headlight shuts off intermittently when in use. I have also experienced the problem with my driver's side, but not as frequently. I have already replace the light bulb and this has not fixed the problem. I am able to quickly turn my lights on and off to turn them reactivate the light bulb. I noticed this problem around 50,000 miles.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #517

Jul 012010


  • 65,000 miles
Passenger headlamp for my 2007 Toyota Prius goes out intermittently. If I turn the lights off and then on again it will re-light but only for a short period. I have taken it to the dealer who said they will have to replace the headlight and the computer and each costs over $250.

- Dublin, OH, USA

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problem #516

Jun 142010


  • 97,000 miles
After about five minutes, (varies greatly), one headlight will often go out. Usually it is the left, but not always. Sometimes it is the right. The car has hid headlights, and I usually run them at all times for safety. The headlights will flicker subtly back and forth between the two until one goes out. Going back and forth between high and low beams changes nothing, but quickly turning them off and then back on will re-set the condition, that is, the headlights both come on. Tapping on all known connections has no effect, and either driving or trying to duplicate the condition parked seems to give the same results, that is, the condition is easily duplicated while parked.

- Trona, CA, USA

problem #515

Sep 162010


  • 100,000 miles


Passenger side headlight continues to fail after replacing bulbs numerous times. Passenger headlight works 20% of the time and fails 80%. can occasionally get the light to work again by turning off the lights and turning them back on again. Toyota suggested repair is $1,000+ and no longer covered by warranty.

- Dewitt, MI, USA

problem #514

Sep 132010


  • 81,000 miles
My 2007 Prius front hid headlamps shut off while I was driving down the ca 14 freeway! I turned the headlight switch off and then on to get it back working again and barely avoided an accident. Driving at 70mph and have the road go completely dark is dangerous for anyone!!!

- Rosamond, CA, USA

problem #513

Sep 112010


  • 54,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius...passenger side headlight had been flickering and turning itself off for past month..when light switch is turned off then on, the light continues to work normally. While driving last night, both headlights shut off. I turned the light switch off then back on...both lights came back on. I will be taking to dealer in the near future.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #512

Sep 112010


  • 95,158 miles
2007 Prius w 95,000 miles. Left hid headlight goes out after being turned on for a few minutes. Cycling the switch to off and back on returns light function, only to have it fail again a few minutes later. Replacement of hid bulbs has not resolved the problem, so this is not normal wear, but an electrical design issue with the vehicle.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #511

Jan 012009


  • 30,000 miles


Faulty head lights on the Toyota pruis 2007. Head lights goes on and off... mostly off on one side.

- Maynard, MA, USA

problem #510

Mar 172009


  • 54,750 miles
2007 Toyota Prius with hid headlights started to go out without warning. Both headlights have had this occur, sometimes the bulb will come back on while driving or it may be on the next time the lights are turned on. I have not had both bulbs go out at the same time but am worried that this will occur at some point. I have received a letter from Toyota that indicates that this condition is normal for hid headlight bulbs but does not advise when the bulbs should be replaced. My Toyota dealer advised not to worry about the condition until the bulb stops working altogether? the replacement of these bulbs is very expensive ($250 per bulb). I believe this is a safety issue and needs to be addressed. I will have to have the bulbs replaced before winter when more night driving is needed. I believe this is a design issue as well as a safety issue.

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #509

Jan 012008


  • 35,000 miles
Intermittent and unexpected failure of both headlight bulbs (independent of each other, and not usually at same time). Turning headlights off then on will usually remedy the situation temporarily. Has been happening for about 18 months, possibly more. Started when vehicle only had about 35,000 miles. One time almost had an accident driving at night, other driver said that she did not see me approaching due to headlight failure. Has not been corrected.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

problem #508

Sep 042010


  • 25,000 miles
While driving at night both headlights went out. Dealer hasn't been contacted yet since it's a weekend.

- State College, PA, USA

problem #507

May 062010


  • 30,000 miles
Headlights of my 2007 Toyota Prius would go off intermittently.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #506

Aug 242010


  • 53,000 miles
Hid headlights periodically extinguish. Can be turned back on by switching light switch on and off. Had only been one light at a time for about two months prior to today's date, then, last night, while driving, both lights extinguished simultaneously, though both went back on when light switch turned off, then on again. Very frightening experience. I have listed date of dual headlight failure in "incident date" box.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #505

Aug 232010


  • 23,200 miles
Passenger side headlight flickering for almost a year. Finally stopped working a week ago while driving to airport. On driving home from airport last night driver's side headlight simply turned off while going 40 miles an hour. Fog lamps continue to burn but no headlights on either side. On reading of other's complaints today after calling my dealer to find out what I should do about the problem and getting a quote for $400 replacement, I discover that this is a known issue. I then walked out to my car and did what others said, turned the headlights off then on again. Guess what, the lights came on.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #504

Aug 072010


  • 25,000 miles
Auto model Toyota 2007 Prius - exterior lighting - headlight failure no accident - no consequences. Suddenly the left headlight started to go out after working fine at initial turn on. The symptoms are exactly those described in NHTSA action number PE09019. After the light turns off, if the headlight switch is cycled - the light comes back on - only to fail some time later. It is an intermittent and sporadic failure. Sometimes when fender is struck, the light will go out. Taken to dealer - they were unable to repeat this failure. No parts replaced. Will take Prius back to dealer tomorrow.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #503

Aug 232010


  • 47,331 miles
Problems with the headlights in 2007 Prius. The first one on the passenger side went out on 07/07/09 when the car was two years old. This one was covered by warranty. The headlight on the driver side has now gone out intermittently. The same way as the previous headlight. We also had to replace one of our brake lights.

- Ferndale, WA, USA

problem #502

Apr 142010


  • 450,000 miles
My 2007 Prius started having right headlight failure when I would drive on a rough road it would turn off then back on some 6 months ago. My husband checked the wiring and it came back on. The car had 45000 miles on it at this time. About 3 weeks ago both of them started turning on and off and 2 nights ago while driving home I had to turn them on and off 22 times and they would come back on and then get dim and then turn off. I took it to them at the dealership and they stated the left light was bad and the light and ballast were replaced for the tune of 614 dollars. They did nothing for the right light. I called and opened a case with Toyota who will not pay for ay of it. This should be in a recall!

- Sun City, FL, USA

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