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3.1

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 15
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,914 miles

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2009 Toyota Tacoma lights problems

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2009 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #59

Aug 262013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Daytime running lights generated enough heat to melt. The interior colored lens on both headlight assemblies, I noticed discoloration and cracks in the colored lens within 1st 12 months. More recently the colored lens began to melt and run, looks as if they were exposed directly to flames. There is also noticeable heat damage to the clear exterior lens cover near the area of the drl. Toyota issued a service bulletin but did not notify owners of the potential fire hazard this may cause. Heat damage has clearly become more severe over time.

- San Ysidro , CA, USA

problem #58

Aug 192013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Daytime running lights (drl) light bulbs along with outside temperatures generated enough heat to cause bubbling and cracked both headlight lenses. This may posed a fire hazard.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #57

Jul 282013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 30,500 miles
My vehicles daytime running lights (drl), which are located in the headlight assembly, are burning through the lenses. The lens in front of the bulb is discolored and seems to be melting due to overheating. The plastic is dark and looks burned. Because of the defect there is concern for driver safety as there seems to be an obvious fire hazard that has not been addressed by Toyota. This problem exists in both of my front headlights.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #56

Jul 262013

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 59,069 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Excessive heat from daylight running light bulbs cause my vehicle headlight lenses to slowly burn and crack.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #55

Jul 012013

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 30,500 miles
Toyota technical service bulletin# T-sb-0129-11 Toyota knew there is a melting/safety issue with drl yet I was not informed while vehicle was in warranty back in September 2011, when the tsb above was published by Toyota. Toyota still wants me to pay at 31,000 miles 2009 Tacoma almost $300 to fix it. Major safety issue since melting has dimmed the lighting output & poses a fire hazard as the melting has also reached the back of the bulb socket where the wiring is. Please help.

- West Covina, CA, USA

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problem #54

Jun 082013

Tacoma

  • 33,000 miles
2009 Toyota Tacoma. Last week I have to change the burnt light bulb for the turn/daytime running light and noticed that the lens inside the headlamp assembly was broken in half. By looking from the front side I can see that the plastic lens has been melted down. After a thorough inspection, I noticed that there is a trace of overheating on the socket. This issue can cause a fire on this vehicle. I hope Toyota will stand for it's reputation and correct this issue. Because, it will create a fire hazard in the future.

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #53

Jul 152013

Tacoma

  • 61,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The plastic housing/plastic lens covering the amber daytime running lights and the clear fog lights are burned, melted, cracked and broken. This is not due to any front end collision but due to the extreme heat generated by the original factory-installed light bulbs. The lights are generating so much heat that they are melting, burning and cracking the plastic housing which then breaks under driving stress. Compounding the problem is that there is no way to turn off the daytime running lights when the vehicle is in operation. Either the daytime running lights must be on or the headlights must be on. Therefore, the lights continue to burn the plastic housing. Toyota will not completely cover the cost to repair and replace these defective light systems stating that the vehicle is out of the 3 year warranty. Although the vehicle is one year out of the 3 years manufacturer's warranty this problem did not occur overnight but is the result of 4 years of use. The lens have been progressively getting worse over time. Because the lens are burned, we are concerned that a fire could occur.

- Maud, TX, USA

problem #52

Apr 062011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 24,811 miles
Headlight housings turn signal/dtrl lens is burned and cracked due to excessive heat from bulb. Apparently from what I have read in forums and other on line sources, Toyota is avoiding this problem by saying no remedy due to factory warranty expired or completely denying it. However, they have made available upgraded replacement parts. I bought this vehicle in March 2011 and noticed this condition right after purchase. It has now worsened to the point they need to be replaced. Vehicle now has 48,381 miles.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #51

Jun 282013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 54,700 miles
The plastic housing/plastic lens covering the amber daytime running lights and the clear fog lights are burned, melted, cracked and broken. This is not due to any front end collision but due to the extreme heat generated by the original factory-installed light bulbs. The lights are generating so much heat that they are melting, burning and cracking the plastic housing which then breaks under driving stress. Compounding the problem is that there is no way to turn off the daytime running lights when the vehicle is in operation. Either the daytime running lights must be on or the headlights must be on. Therefore, the lights continue to burn the plastic housing. Toyota will not completely cover the cost to repair and replace these defective light systems stating that the vehicle is out of the 3 year warranty. Although the vehicle is one year out of the 3 years manufacturer's warranty this problem did not occur overnight but is the result of 4 years of use. The lens have been progressively getting worse over time. Because the lens are burned, we are concerned that a fire could occur.

- Kenner, LA, USA

problem #50

Jun 012012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Day time running light covers burnt from the heat of light bulbs being mounted to close to lens cover. Lens cover cracked, burn and at some times smolders.

- Costa Mesa, CA, USA

problem #49

May 012012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 35,254 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Daytime running light (dtrl) housing burned/melted/cracked on both LH & rh. Safety related system with proper oem factory bulbs still installed.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #48

Feb 152013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Inside the front left and right headlight assembly is a combination turn signal indicator/ emergency flash indicator/daytime running light. The lense for this combination indicator inside the headlight assembly has melted and affected the integrity of the component. I contacted my local dealership twice and Toyota customer satisfaction by telephone. But they did not offer any additional information for correcting the problem, except for total replacement of the complete assembly at my expense. By the regulations of the federal government with the dot Toyota should comply with part 564 of the safety regulation requirements, and by this should notify owners of the optional replacement parts as a service bullitin with a mailed notification letter. Because of this oversight Toyota has chosen to adapt a stratagy to use an exception to their warranty contract by limiting their responsibility in effect of component exclusions I.e. light bulbs because of Toyota's inabillity to recognise and address this issue with a notification. Many of the dealers and owners who could have corrected the improper matching of the assemblies, before damage to the integrity of the signal indicators required safe operation was lost and Toyota gained considerable financial advantage at the expense of safety.

- Dana Point, CA, USA

problem #47

Jul 042011

Tacoma

  • 37,000 miles
The daytime running lights (drl's) on my 2009 Tacoma have bubbled up and cracked the lens/plastic. I am not sure if this is because the bulb is too close to the plastic or the wattage is too high for the plastic. The drl's are also used as front end turn signals. If these fail, it could be a major safety hazard. Dealership denied to pay for replacement for it is not covered under the agreements of my extended warranty.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #46

Apr 252013

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
When I took my Tacoma pickup to the local dealer for its 35,000-mile oil change and tire rotation, they pointed out that the lenses on both daytime running lights are burned and distorted, apparently from the heat of the amber bulb. They said there is no solution other than replacing the entire headlight module on both sides. Parts and labor would be somewhere between $700 and $1,000. I'm past the three-year warranty coverage. I sent an E-mail complaint to Toyota and they said this is a cosmetic problem that they will not fix. Wrong. This is a fire safety problem. From online research, I have now learned that this is a huge problem with Tacoma. On new models, it has been fixed with a redesigned headlight module that moves the bulb socket farther back to prevent the heat from the bulb from damaging the lens. On older models, you could just remove the bulb to avoid a fire except that the daytime running light bulb is also the turn signal bulb. I hope you will do something about this huge safety hazard.

- Holmes Beach, FL, USA

problem #45

Oct 012012

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the dtr lights malfunctioned and melted the headlight case. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised him that the dtr light bulb assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000. The current mileage was approximately 89,569.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #44

Feb 012012

Tacoma

  • miles
Daytime running lights are too hot causing the plastic lenses to crack, melt, and burn. Toyota is treating this as purely cosmetic in T-sb # 0129-11 (for 6 model years they were aware of it). This listing should be changed to a safety recall, that amount of heat could start a vehicle fire.

- Green Mountain, NC, USA

problem #43

Aug 012012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I have a 09 Tacoma and the drl's have actually burned, melted and popped the lens in front of them. Also, the bulbs themselves, upon examination, have burned the socket in which they are held. You can see black around the base of them. Took it to Toyota at 59K miles and I have the platinum 7year/100000mi warranty and was told it would cost me 1100 for parts alone to fix, offered no help and lied to me and said they have had no other incidents of this nature and its a rare problem never before seen. I have removed my drl bulbs out of concern of a fire starting and then I probably get stuck with that bill of a burnt front end. I should not have to pay because Toyota put in a bulb that's too hot or because Toyota decided to make a cheap plastic cover for the bulbs. I had zero influence on this failure. There are countless posts on all kinds of websites concerning this problem. I can track down over 1000 in less than 30 min. Please help. When I call Toyota I just get bullied around and talked to like I'm dumb or don't know what I'm talking about.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #42

Nov 012012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Daytime running lights lens melted and cracked on both right and left light assemblies.

- Cameron, NC, USA

problem #41

Jul 192010

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 35,948 miles
Front left and right signal light lens melted and cracked. Unit was inspected by an authorized dealer and determined to replace both headlights under warranty due to defect lens. Approximately a year later lens melted and cracked again. Called Toyota to report and find out if there is a recalls for this issue. Toyota representative initiated a report and informed me that there is not a recalls for this issue at that time and will not be replaced due to vehicle is not under warranty. At this time I am not sure at what point this lens melting; due to the light bulb heat may cause a fire and I am taking under consideration to remove the signal light bulbs which will make signal lights nonoperational. It has to be a bad manufacture headlight design that is causing that area to melt and an investigation should be initiated for recall consideration. Your response will be appreciated.

- Yauco, PR, USA

problem #40

Sep 282012

Tacoma

  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the daytime running lights became overheated and fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised the contact that there were no recalls for the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted who stated that there was no defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 66,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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