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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 5 of 5)

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problem #19

Jan 022012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 35,600 miles

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

I noticed that the dtrl had started to melt the amber lenses and brought it to the attention of my local dealer. Although I was still within the warranty mileage, I was over by a few months on the 36-month warranty (I bought the truck used in Dec-2011.) I just heard from my local dealer that I've been trying to work with concerning the melting lenses in my '09 Tacoma trd. I tried to get Toyota to replace the lamp assembly and they would only cover half of the replacement and subsequent re-aiming of the head lights. I then printed out some instructions to install a Toyota relay and jumper wires to turn the dtrl function off, leaving the turn signal function alone. According to the dealer, Toyota will not sign off on, nor allow their dealers to make this modification, even though the parts are all Toyota oem parts. I would also strongly suggest that every owner of a Tacoma that is having any issue (melting, bubbling, cracking etc.) with the dtrl's write Toyota corporate expressing their deep disappointment with the quality of Toyota products and the corporations lack of concern for the customers safety buying the product. With all the negative that Toyota has received during the past few years over safety related issues, you would think that Toyota would be falling all over themselves to correct a known safety issue in a required system, instead of tap dancing around like they are doing. As a retired law enforcement officer, I find that the response I've been receiving from Toyota to be particularly disappointing, especially since this is a safety issue involving a mandated lighting system. The staff at NHTSA is welcome to contact me at any time to discuss this.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #18

Sep 112011

Tacoma

  • 60,000 miles
In September 2011, I noticed the daylight running lights had an orange/brown spot in the middle of the lens. Eights months later, the daylight running lights have melted and cracked the plastic lens. The passenger side lens has completely melted in half. The bulb appears to sit too close to the lens in the housing unit. Fire risk.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #17

Sep 112011

Tacoma

  • 60,000 miles
In September 2011, I noticed the daylight running lights had an orange/brown spot in the middle of the lens. Eights months later, the daylight running lights have melted and cracked the plastic lens. The passenger side lens has completely melted in half. The bulb appears to sit too close to the lens in the housing unit. Fire risk.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #16

Jun 012012

Tacoma

  • miles

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

My trucks headlight unit has daytime running lights "amber turn signal lighting" and its continued to cause melting around the housing. This has been going on for a year now and the dealership has been informed on more than one occasion and they refuse replacement because its not a declared recall from Toyota. The light issue continues to get worse and is almost completely melted around the turn area.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #15

Jun 012012

Tacoma

  • miles
My trucks headlight unit has daytime running lights "amber turn signal lighting" and its continued to cause melting around the housing. This has been going on for a year now and the dealership has been informed on more than one occasion and they refuse replacement because its not a declared recall from Toyota. The light issue continues to get worse and is almost completely melted around the turn area.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

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problem #14

May 232012

Tacoma

  • 56,250 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he noticed that the turn signal bulbs had burned through the turn signal covering. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the turn signal bulbs were positioned too closely to the casing. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 56,250. The VIN was unavailable...updated 11/29/12 the consumer stated the lights were no longer effective

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #13

May 022011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles

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

I noticed the daytime running light lens had cracked & melted. This is obviously a defect due to the amount of heat the bulb is putting out. I am disappointed that a company such as Toyota will not take care of this problem. According to what I have read the fix is over $700 to fix. It makes you wonder if greed is the root of all evil.

- Claremore, OK, USA

problem #12

May 022011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
I noticed the daytime running light lens had cracked & melted. This is obviously a defect due to the amount of heat the bulb is putting out. I am disappointed that a company such as Toyota will not take care of this problem. According to what I have read the fix is over $700 to fix. It makes you wonder if greed is the root of all evil.

- Claremore, OK, USA

problem #11

Dec 142011

Tacoma

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. While examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the daytime running lights were beginning to melt the headlight housing. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not available. The current and the failure mileage was 60,000.

- Green Moutain, NC, USA

problem #10

Apr 162012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 38,650 miles
The headlight lenses are melting in the front of the daytime running lights/turn signal. Both sides have the same issue. They both have a horizontal crack and a melted blob of plastic that will likely keep getting bigger. I consider this to be a safety hazard. While at lowes yesterday, I checked the headlights of one other Tacoma, and he had the same issue. When I got home, I performed a google search and found several forums where owners were having the same issue. Most said that when they mentioned it to their Toyota dealership, the dealership acted like no one has had this problem before. Some customers were able to get the headlights replaced and some were not. I'd be concerned that the replacement will have the same issue a couple of years from now.

- Monroe, LA, USA

problem #9

Mar 232012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles

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

The headlight lenses are melting in front of the daytime running light bulbs/turn signals. I feel that this is a safety hazard and should be recalled by Toyota. I was told by Toyota customer service that my Toyota extended platnium warrentee will not cover this part and they will not authorize the replacement of the headlights.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #8

Feb 092012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 46,100 miles
Daytime running lights are to close to the plastic in front of the bulb, which has cracked and melted the plastic lens, which is a fire hazard.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #7

Jul 012011

Tacoma

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that front turn signal lenses burned out. The contact noticed visible burn marks on both lenses. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 66,000.

- Bastrop, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 202011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Daylight running lights burn /melt the lens due to excessive heat, in less then 30K miles. I believe Toyota has a design problem with the drls. Every Tacoma with the drl option will eventually have this problem. The compartment that holds the dlr light is small, with no ventilation, and the lamp dissipates approximately 28 watts of heat, which is focused toward the lens (along with the light). It is simply too much heat in too small an area, and the heat is sufficient to melt the plastic lens in front of the lamp. Since the drl is part of the headlight assembly, the cost of parts is reported to be around $700 plus labor. I believe that lenses (with proper lamps) should never melt. Asking Tacoma owners to pay $700 +, every 30K miles is outrageous! my headlight assemblies were replaced under warranty, but they are sure to fail again if something is not done to correct the design of the dlrs. It appears that Toyota is ignoring the problem and hoping most people won't recognize the problem until after the vehicle is out of warranty. Now I am concerned that this condition will eventually lead to an electrical fire.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #5

Aug 202011

Tacoma

  • 137,000 miles
My 09 Toyota Tacoma drl (daylight running light/turn signal) lens burned/melted/broke. I have exceeded my warranty but I feel Toyota should stand behind their product and replace my light lens. My local dealer did do a 50/50 split on the cost of replacement, but this is a design problem. Light lens should never burn/melt/break regardless of how old or how many miles the vehicle has on it. Not all Tacoma's have drl, this is an option, my local dealer did not know this but I pointed this out to him. I have a friend with same problem but his Tacoma is still in warranty and the dealer did a 100% replacement. I contacted Toyota with a letter and pictures and was told Toyota would not stand behind their product because I had exceeded my warranty.

- Ellijay, GA, USA

problem #4

Aug 202011

Tacoma

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the daytime running lights were made with double contact bulbs. The heat from the light was burning through the lenses. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and had the lenses replaced but the dealer did not change the bulbs. The contact believed that the failure would recur because the bulbs were not replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that the failure was extremely rare and offered no further assistance. The contact stated that the bulb burned through the lens within two years. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 37,600.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #3

Aug 222011

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 45,900 miles
Daytime running lights are melting the plastic lamp housing. All components are factory stock: Bulbs, housings, wiring, etc. Melted plastic housing has changed the turn signal beam geometry resulting in reduced visibility and risk of accident. Also, melted material indicates a possible fire hazard.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #2

Jun 292011

Tacoma

  • 51,000 miles
The contact would like to use the complaint that was sent via email. Jo. not sure who to contact but I am a safety professional for many years and an incident last night confirmed an obvious danger to drivers based on the relationship between dashboard lighting and headlamp activation. A near miss last night reminded me of the same condition I noted last year in a similar incident. I believe a significant threat to drivers exists, it is an unrecognized threat, a simple remedy would correct and I would like to discuss that concern.

- Warwick, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 042011

Tacoma

  • miles
2009 Toyota Tacoma front turn signals burning lens. Amber turn signal bulbs appear to be to high of wattage from factory. Lens are bubbling/melting and discoloring from heat from the bulbs. Drivers side must have gotten hot enough to crack the turn signal lens itself. Possible fire hazard. A check of 9 other similar Tacoma trucks on hickam afb shows the same problem with 3 other vehicles or 3 Tacoma's counting mine. Vehicle has just under 20,000 miles and never been in a accident. Turn signals also act as daylight running lights which are turned on whenever truck is running. [xxx] only property damage was to the truck lens, burnt/cracked. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Waipahu, HI, USA

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