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2016 Honda Accord lights problems: daytime led lights burning out

Daytime Led Lights Burning Out

2016 Honda Accord

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Honda dealer.

6.0

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,100
Average Mileage:
40,900 miles
Total Complaints:
18 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace headlight assembly (15 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
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2016 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #18

Jun 012017

Accord Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

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

Took car in for oil change. Told them about the issue with the passenger side daytime LED. They said that was common and they would order a new one. Told me it was back ordered and they would call me. They called and I went in. They scratched it installing it. So they ordered a new one. I went back and they scratched it also. So they replaced it 3 times before it was finally right.

- Terry C., LAKELAND, US

problem #17

Jul 162018

Accord LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,892 miles

This headlight is clearly a defective design and defective part. My drivers side LED running light partially burned out at 39K miles on a 2016 LX. Defective Design: I have to replace the whole headlight assembly ($421.85-quote from parts department 31July 2018) as opposed to replacing the LED.

Defective Part: the led should have lasted longer than 39K miles as it is LED technology. Also if they expected the LED to fail they wouldn't have designed the headlight assembly as a remove and replace they would have designed the headlight assembly as LED replacement. It is totally unfair for Honda to expect it's customers to replace the whole headlight assembly at a cost of $500-$800.

Honda should either recall the part, discount the price of the headlight assembly, allow the dealership to replace just the LED or pay for 3/4 of the repair cost. Also highly expected for the passenger side LED running light to fail doubling the maintenance cost. Honda in good faith to it's customers should come up with a solution.

- poe2018, Clarksville, US

problem #16

May 012018

Accord Touring 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

A few months ago, my drivers' side daytime running light burnt out. I went to the dealership to get it replaced under warranty. After having it fixed, the service tech informed me it was not covered by warranty, but since I was promised it would be free, they ate the cost.

Last month, my passenger side daytime running light burnt out, just like the drivers' side before it. This time I'm doing nothing about it, since the dealership refuses to cover it.

- Robert Alex K., Cranberry Twp, PA, US

problem #15

May 152018

Accord Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,500 miles

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

This was the second daytime running light to fail. First passenger side then drivers side within space of 2 or 3 months. Not a critical problem but the cost of over $1200 to replace the whole headlight unit would have been hard to stomach if not under warranty.

- RICHARD M., Akron, OH, US

problem #14

Apr 022018

Accord Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,500 miles

Honda fixed the problem under warranty but would have cost over $1,200 if out of warranty

- RICHARD M., Akron, OH, US

problem #13

Jun 012018

Accord EXL V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

2 year old Accord 46,000 miles LED strip burned out... i called Honda explained my frustration and they were not helpful at all. Told me I have to pay the $1400 to have the headlight replaced!!!! I'm sorry on a 2 year old vehicle that is insane.. so now i am filing a case action lawsuit again Honda for not doing anything about a clearly defective headlight.. let me know if anyone would care to join! The woman i spoke to on the phone told me she can't help and to do what i have to do so this is my only option.... I have only owned Honda and it's sad to say but this is definitely my last! NISSAN HERE I COME!!!

- Jaclyn C., Newtown, US

problem #12

Apr 022018

Accord Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

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

I've seen many, many Honda Accord with burnt out LED strip from the headlights, and HONDA hasn't take action to correct this known issue. They should RECALL this issue since it cost $1300 to replace entire headlight unit for their ERROR.

- Angel .., Jacksonville, FL, US

problem #11

Jul 062017

Accord EX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles

I noticed the driver's side Daytime Running Lights halfway burnt out on my Accord with only 20,000+ miles on it. When I took into the Honda dealership where I purchased it to have an oil change done, I made sure to mention this issue to them since it was still under warranty and I even have an extended 100,000 mile warranty. I was told that lights are not covered under the warranty and that I would have to pay for it to be repaired. I was informed that it would cost hundreds of dollars to be replaced and advised to wait until the other side burned out to have both of them done together. It only took a month or two before the other side burned out. When I researched online, I saw numerous posts related to this same issue and all of them were saying that Honda refused to replace or recall the lights. I have purchased Honda Accords for the past 15 years and they have always been reliable and service impeccable. But now I am extremely frustrated with Honda because of this issue. The replacement is extremely costly and I, like many others, think it is a product defect for these lights to burn out so soon. I have noticed 50% of the 2016-17 Honda Accords and one 2018 Honda Accord with the same issue. From what I have noticed, Honda vehicles are the only ones that have this problem. For this reason, I will never purchase another Honda after so many years of loyalty because it appears to me that they are using faulty parts and that concerns me of what else could burn out prematurely.

- rcjordan, Fredericksburg, US

problem #10

Apr 252018

Accord EX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 41,000 miles

First time it went out it was on the left side at approx. 18000 miles. About a month ago the passenger side went out at approx. 41000 miles. I took it to the dealership today (05/08/18) and they said that it's not covered under warranty anymore. They gave me a quote of how much it would cost to replace, they said $500ish for the headlight itself and $300ish for labor. So what I went ahead and did was to contact American Honda.

I spoke to one of their customer Representatives and they opened a case in regards to my problem. At first they had said that they would cover part of the expense but not the full expense. I mention to them that I was sure that I wasn't the first one to complain about the problem since I had seen many Accords in the streets with the same problem. She mentioned to me that she understands that but that as of right now there are not many complaints in regards to the DRL going out. She said that they can actually make this matter a recall but that more people need to complain. She said that I'll be getting contacted within 1 to 2 business days in regards to them helping me out with this issue.

I will keep you guys updated in regards to how everything turns out to be settled.

Update from May 9, 2018: UPDATE** i got a call from American Honda and they said that they are willing to cover part of the repair cost, so I asked them how much will I be having to pay and they told me that I should give them a reasonable amount to pay for the repair. I did tell them that to this point I shouldn't even be giving a single dollar towards a headlight that was already manufacturer defect. They said that it all goes back to the point that the manufacturer has not deemed this a defect. The only way it would be covered is if the manufacturer by some miracle decides to deem this a defect therefore they can actually extend the warranty for the headlights themselves. They claim that not many people have encountered this problem to get it to American Hondas manufacturers attention. No one should even be paying a single dollar for this repair I don't understand why they're trying to get more money out of us. There's a reason why these lights are LED. I told them that I would have to think for a week to see whether or not I'm willing to give in 50% of the repair cost, at this point I am very well convinced that I won't be paying 50% this repair as many people have encountered the same problem. More likely I would have to be declaring this car a lemon for more reasons that they have repaired 3 times and yet still gives the same problem.

- Emmanuel T., Los Angeles, US

problem #9

Apr 022018

Accord EXL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

I noticed the daytime running light on the driver side was only half lit. When I took my car in for service, I asked about replacing it. I was told that it was out of warranty and it would be about $550 to replace as the entire light has to be replaced. This is my last Honda. I stuck with Honda for the reliability and low maintenance cost but that's no longer valid.

- amr-covington, Covington, US

problem #8

May 012018

Accord EX-L 2.4L I4 Di

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

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

Back in Sept 2017, my drivers side DRL LED strip went out, and Honda replaced it, but charged me a deductible of $100. Aroung May first, 2018, my passenger side DRL LED strip went out, and Honda is saying that the first one was a courtesy, but I have to pay for the majority of the repair this time. Looking up different Accord forums, the 2016 model seems to have an issue with the DRL LED strips. Many people have reported issues with the light, but Honda is claiming that no one has reported the issue at all, and my issue is due to me driving from Milwaukee, to Chicago everyday for work. Lights are NOT wear and tear parts, so should not be impacted by driving 60 miles in each direction. Honda is refusing to take responsibility for an obvious defect, and requiring people to pay well over $500 to replace the full headlight assembly.

- Moe D., Greendale, WI, US

problem #7

Sep 082017

Accord EX 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,500 miles

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daytime led lights burning out

Bought this 2016 Accord last year with 16K and its currently out of warranty with 37K. Last summer I noticed the driver side LED DRL light was fading and didn't realize that it would be such an expensive item to fix. In November, after being stopped by a (Nebraska State Trooper) I realized that half had gone out permanently. Only after this last incident I decided to return it back to the Honda dealership here in Denver Colorado for what I thought was going to be a routine light bulb replacement.

BOY WAS I WRONG - I just got off the phone with the dealership service department and they stated that they would have to replace the ENTIRE drivers side light box component… NOT simply replace the LED strip. The cost would be nearly $1000 dollars since the warranty had expired and that it would need to take off the entire front bumper of the car as well as sell me a $700 service light unit (part #33150-TAA81) … In addition, only now I'm find out now that this would NOT be a good investment because its VERY likely that other passenger side LED DRL would likely go out months later, for an additional $1000 parts and labor!? wtf??

* So what ever you do... if its failing take it in before your warranty is out! Its my mistake for waiting on what I thought would be a simple routine $30 strip replacement.

Update! * :: Honda America (https://automobiles.honda.com) has reached out to me and the dealership and has offered to cover only a portion of the (now newly adjusted $650 bill). They offered to cover $465 of the new out the door bill of $185 for just the drivers side headlight, which is significantly lower than $1000 that the dealership original offered me.

After seeing all of the failures of BOTH driver side and passenger side DRL's ( on Youtube & honda-tech.com) my confidence is VERY LOW that this is the end of the story $$. ugh... I offered to pay $370 for both sides since it would be another day in the shop and another $185 parts and labor when the other side fails. No Bueno! - They came back with over $500 to replace both DRL lights. Additionally; Honda America said they would only fix what is broken and that this $185 deal may or may NOT be applied to fix the passenger side DRL when it fails.

I feel at this point there should be a SAFETY RECALL on these DRL lights by Honda since they've have told me it is a safety issue.

I think at this point fixing BOTH DRL lights is the best solution.

- ptilly, Monument, US

problem #6

Mar 192018

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

I was told by a friend that I had a light out on my accord, At this time, I am thinking it is the "pretty light" and should be an easy fix. I took the car in for an oil change two weeks later and let them know that my light needed to be fixed. This cute pretty light turned ugly by price. I was quoted 657...told in that way 657.... $657 for a light. Come to find out this is an LED light. The agent at Honda thought I was ready to pay $657 immediately for a light. Acted like it was no big deal. Pay it when you get your taxes she said ....I had no idea a light could even cost this much but was told that the head lights and such are much cheaper. You would think that I am driving around in a Mercedes for that price for a light that is supposed to last. While at Honda I had time to think. I have seen several accords with the same LED light out on the driver side.

- Keela C., Greenville, US

problem #5

Apr 102018

Accord Sport 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 32,000 miles

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daytime led lights burning out

Honda did not want to replace the other running headlight, knowing that it will most likely take a crap prematurely.

- royballesteros, Fontana, US

problem #4

Mar 012018

Accord EXL 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 67,000 miles

The vehicle is just over 2 years old with 67,000 miles. The DRL burnt out with less than 2,500 hrs of use. Ridiculously short for an LED. This should be a minor repair and yet Honda decided to use a non repairable device so the costs are close to $1,000.00 for each headlight to repair. This is a safety issue and Honda needs to recall. People who own this vehicle will be shocked once the warranty runs out. This is not why I bought a Honda.

Update from Mar 30, 2018: Success! Contacted American Honda and they are reimbursing me the entire repair including parts and labor. Great job Honda. Very happy to be part of the family.

- Vincent O., Island Park, NY, US

problem #3

Feb 222018

Accord Touring 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles

I noticed recently that my driver side DRL has half-failed. I contacted my dealership and they're going to replace it under warranty, but they won't replace the one that's still working (though I'm assuming there's some sort of defect if this is as widespread as it seems).

Hopefully enough complaints will get honda to replace these for free since it's clearly not user error.

- Robert Alex K., Cranberry Twp, PA, US

problem #2

Jan 012018

Accord EX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

2016 Accord EX, one and half years old with 35,000 miles, BOTH side of DRL stripe burned out.. Whole units are replaced under standard warranty. Now hoping the stripes last long as possible~~~

- Gane I., Hemet, CA, US

problem #1

Dec 182017

Accord LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,500 miles

Just noticed this month (Dec) when taking car in for routine oil- change (at dealership) that my LED daytime running light on passenger side is partially out and driver side appears to be on its way out as well. This is definitely a problem seeing that I am out of warranty. Ive owned my car for 2yrs and 1 month purchased brand new so I can not understand how our why LED lights that are suppose to last the duration of ownership or longer...would be going in 2 years. Honda should definitely recall warranty and out of warranty vehicles with LED lights as this appears to be a manufacture defect - owners should not be liable or responsible for repairs as stated in other reviews this is a major problem. Im upset of the out of pocket cost expense to repair. :(

- Lisa G., St. Louis, US

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