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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,697 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 9 of 45)

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problem #736

Feb 032011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles


Headlights work intermittently and the passenger side taillight also goes out and comes back on intermittently. Car is not driven often at night and this has been going on for several years.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #735

Jan 272011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Headlights turn off while driving. I can turn off the headlight switch and turn it back on and the lights will work for a period of time and than the episode is repeated.

- South Colby , WA, USA

problem #734

Jun 212012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The following described incidents have taken place at least three times with no warning. Upon starting the vehicle there is no instrument panel display which is digital. The vehicle could still be driven. The vehicle's engine would not turn off without making numerous attempts.this has sometimes taken up to 10 min.. then for whatever reasons after several hours the mentioned malfunctions stop and everything works correctly.I am very concerned the dash display showing speed and other necessary information will malfunction while the vehicle is being driven.especially at night.being able to turn the vehicle off immediately is also important.this vehicle is regularly serviced by Toyota who have been unable to locate or correct the problem. I have researched this issue online and have found that there is a large number of Toyota Prius owners having the same type of safety issues with their vehicles. I have read but not confirmed that Toyota is aware of the mentioned problems with the Prius. There are some serious safety issues with this make and model of vehicle that need to be addressed as soon as possible. I hope NHTSA will be able to assist in this matter. Thank you.

- Montague, CA, USA

problem #733

Apr 062011


  • 51,000 miles


I bought a certified Toyota Prius 2007 with around 51000 miles on it and the headlight kept going off, I could turn it back on but it would just shut off again in a few minutes. When I called the dealership I asked about a recall and they knew nothing so I took it to a different dealership and was told that I was a defect but not a recall and Toyota would pay for it up to 50000 miles which my car had already surpassed. To replace the bulb was over 300 dollars and having just bought a certified vehicle I shouldn't have to she'll out the kind of money, I still have not replaced the headlight but now it's completely out, and will need replaced before inspection. I believe Toyota should pay for a new bulb since they are well aware of the defect.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #732

Sep 172010

Prius 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Hid headlights on 07 Prius stop working while car is operating. Now with 111,000 miles both lights are turning off randomly. Problem started when the car had 36,000 miles. Very concerning issue.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

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problem #731

Dec 132007

Prius 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
The headlights on my 2007 Prius goes out constantly especially at night time there which causes total darkness and blindness. When I flip the switch they will come back on for a while. I know you know about this problem. I feel you should make Toyota recall these cars. The dealer will charge $300 per headlight to replace the bulb but we know that is not the problem. They wouldn't come back on if it was the light.. please please do something!! its terrifying and very dangerous. The liability for you and Toyota will be great should fatalities occur. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Ellisville, MO, USA

problem #730

Jan 032008

Prius 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles


Received another inspection ticket for no headlight. This happens on this car approximately every other month or so, where one headlight just stops working. This has happened at least 30 times since we bought this car new. Sometimes you can just go out and bang on the headlight area and it comes on, and sometimes it doesn't and you have to replace the bulb. Do you know how much it costs to replace a Prius headlight bulb? anywhere from $600 to $1000 at a dealer, according to internet sources. Luckily I can go to a parts place and pick one up for about $17 and do it myself, but this is getting ridiculous. This seems to be a problem with all Prius'.

- Berlin, MD, USA

problem #729

Jan 142013

Prius 4-cyl

  • 192,370 miles
Was driving approximately 10:30 at night on 01/14/12. Pulled up to a stop light, gentleman next to me informed me my headlights were off; however were turned on per inside panel. In previous reports, I had been told that one head light was off, never both. It appears that if a bump or dip in the road is hit the headlights go off/on. I commute 2 hours daily (mon-fri). There is a rural area that I drive with no street lights. No headlights would be very dangerous.

- Lompoc, CA, USA

problem #728

Nov 182009


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the driver's side headlight failed. The contact activated then deactivated the headlight several times and it started to function properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and informed the contact that the bulb needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 46,000.

- Henryetta, OK, USA

problem #727

Feb 092012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
My right headlight intermittently started to flickered off. This issue has not gone away since it started. Had husband check to see if there was a loose connection. No loose connections. Went online to see if there were other Prius owners who had the same problem, and there are others with exactly the same issues! there seems to be no remedy for this problem except to turn the light onto the off position then turn them on again. They do go back on but can shut off or wink off at any time. This is a hazard for nighttime driving, and my concern is that my twin teenagers will be using the car at night for work, errands, etc.

- Grayslake, IL, USA

problem #726

Aug 012012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles


I am having extreme problems with my 2007 Toyota Prius with xenon headlights system. They turn on an off randomly. Most of the time only one headlight is on but they come and go. Sometimes they go out altogether when I am driving at night which is extremely dangerous and scary when my toddler is in the car. I can turn the headlights off and back on and they will stay on for a while but inevitably go out again. I think this is a huge problem that Toyota should address as there has been no recall yet. I read multiple complaints on the internet of Prius owners with the same problem. I would not mind paying to replace the bulbs if they were burnt out but this is clearly an issue with the lighting system. Please help!

- Huntersville, NC, USA

problem #725

Nov 012009

Prius 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Right front headlight intermittently goes out, can turn lights off & then back on, and headlight comes back on. This particular light had same problem originally under warranty (approx 32000 miles) and was replaced at dealer, but has been going out again over the past year plus. Right now I am approaching 85000 miles. Based on my reading, this appears to be a manufacturers defect as it seems chronic and prevalent in the Prius.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #724

Aug 012011

Prius 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Headlights are intermittent on both sides. Major safety issue. I have replaced the bulbs twice in less than a year and the issue still persists. It isn't the bulb the headlights are defective.

- Auburn, CA, USA

problem #723

Dec 212012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the headlights failed. The contact was able to turn the lights back on. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was notified but provided no assistance. The failure mileage was 46,000.

- Rohnert Park, CA, USA

problem #722

Nov 152012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Driving down the freeway in the fod and the drivers side headlight went out. Turned off and on again, the light reilluminated. This has happened four more times since then and have been pulled over by the local police because of it. Because of the geographical area that I am in and the fod is prevalent during the winter months this poses an extreme danger to both myself and others around me.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #721

Dec 052012

Prius 4-cyl

  • 118,500 miles
Lights go out randomly while driving. Dangerous, inconvenient, and illegal.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #720

Aug 032012


  • 100,000 miles
Non-hid headlights go out without warning. This happens daily! very random. Sometimes they blink, sometimes they just go out altogether. These are not hid! we have had new headlights put in by Toyota and they also replaced the relays - but the problem has only gotten worse. We called Toyota corporate, but because the dealer can't figure out what is wrong - they say that there is nothing they can do and that there is no diagnosis, so therefore no issue they can address. We need help. This is a massive safety issue. Now Toyota wants to replace the computer - but it will cost us over $1,000 and they said they don't even know if it will work. If it doesn't work, they said they will replace a second and then third computer in the car, but that might not work either. From what we've researched online, others have had this done and the headlights still do not work. To those out there considering a Prius from this year, please do not make the purchase! we wish we had known. NHTSA needs to reopen the class action case and include those without hid headlights. We are begging you for our safety and the safety of others on the road.

- Wexford, PA, USA

problem #719

Aug 252010


  • 30,000 miles
The headlights on this car have intermittently worked since the car had about 30,000 miles. The lights randomly turn off. Usually one at a time but sometimes both go out. Turning the lights off and back on fixes the problem, but only temporarily. I read that this is a problem with the bulbs going bad but I can attest that it is a clear defect. Replaced the bulbs and it still happens periodically.

- Irvington, NY, USA

problem #718

Aug 052012


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Prius. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact noticed that the headlights began to flicker abnormally. The headlights eventually stopped flickering and would completely fail intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician was unable diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Wexford, PA, USA

problem #717

Aug 022010


  • 50,000 miles
Headlight intermittently fails.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

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