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

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2009 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #79

Sep 022013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 93,545 miles


Both left and right dtrl lenses are melted from heat from the bulb, I am worried about an electrical short, or fire. Dealer says it is cosmetic and does not want to replace headlight assemblies since vehicle is out of warranty. I believe this is a safety issue that Toyota motor company should address with urgency.

- Lake City, AR, USA

problem #78

Mar 032014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Lens covers for amber daytime running light (drl) bulbs have melted and cracked due to heat output of the bulb. A brief investigation indicates this is a common issue in this model.

- Canyon Lake, CA, USA

problem #77

Feb 272014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
Noted scorched spot of about 2" diameter in center of both front amber daytime running lights/turn signals. Vehicle has only 34,000 miles but is over warranty age limit. I was at dealership for seatbelt recall and asked service mgr to look at. He stated that there was no recalls but that he had seen "some of this" before. He gave me # for "my Toyota experience" and eventually talked to someone in California. They would not admit any knowledge of this condition but said they could only evaluate if dealership analyzed and told them what the cause was. There analysis; "yellow turn signal bulb seems to get too hot and burning lens". my cost to fix; $932.72. Toyota customer service apparently talked to dealership and will pay for the assemblies to replace with my cost being $192. With the number of identical complaints on this site it is obvious this is a design defect which has fire hazard potential. Instead of stone-walling this defect Toyota should own-up and fix it at their total expense. People and companies make mistakes. It takes a company with a quality conscience to do the right thing for their customers.

- Rainbow City, AL, USA

problem #76

Feb 252014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • miles


The daytime running lights that's also the turn signals have melted and cracked the lens on my 2009 Toyota Tacoma crew cab SR5 4X4.

- Munford, TN, USA

problem #75

Feb 222014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 48,057 miles
Driving light/amber signal light on front of vehicle. Bulbs are too hot and have melted the lens inside the headlight assembly. Socket that bulb plugs into is also charring from heat. Concern that plastic will ignite if left unresolved. Vehicle is Toyota Tacoma 2009 pre-runner.

- Dawsonville, GA, USA

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problem #74

Feb 152014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 500 miles
The daytime running lights have melted the lens and the high heat has also cracked and distorted the main head light lens on my 2009 Toyota Tacoma.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #73

Feb 152014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


Lens covers for amber daytime running light (drl) bulbs have melted and cracked due to heat output of the bulb. A brief investigation indicates this is a common issue in this model.

- Apollo Beach, FL, USA

problem #72

Jul 032012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
The drl (daylight running lights) bulbs were designed to close to the lens cover and the bulb is to hot. It burnt / melted the lens on both the right and left headlights. It leaves a dark spot ( approx 2.5 inches in diameter). It happened when the outside temp was hot (greater than 105 deg F) and the running lights were on (they come on automatically when truck is started). I have looked on line (google search) and a lot of people are experiencing there headlights having a melted / burnt spot on both the right and left sides. The local dealer says there is no fix or recall currently. I have read that some people were getting this problem fixed if the mileage or time was within the warranty. Mine occurred after. I believe this could be a fire concern and the burnt spot is semi blocking the performance of the drl. The drl is so people can see you coming. There needs to be a recall!

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #71

Dec 292013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The day time running lights that also doubles as turn signals are burning a hole through the plastic lens inside the headlights and cracking the lens as well. These are a known issue with Toyota and they put out a T-sb-0129-11 on September 7th, 2011 and called it an "appearance concern". it is also a fire hazard as I don't believe the lenses should be melting.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #70

Jan 022014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 14,035 miles
Both headlamp lenses are melted and cracked from the drl (daytime running lights) bulb heat. Either bulbs are too close to the lenses or the wattage is too high. This defect is not the relult of any accident or incident, just from normal use.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #69

Nov 162013


  • 103,000 miles


The amber running lights have melted and on the drivers side has had cracked in half. Seems to me tpo much heat from the factory bulbs used. Seems to be a safety hazard could possible case a fire? do to the heat.I asked dealer says no recall. I have looked at other used trucks on lots and they have the same problem.. go on the internet and your site, you will see I am not the only one with this problem.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #68

Nov 122012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Daytime running light bulbs on both headlight assemblies have burned straight through the orange plastic covers, causing them both to bubble, and crack in half. This is now causing the entire headlight assembly to fog over! bought truck brand new from dealer so these are the original, factory equipped headlamp assemblies. They have never been changed.

- Saint Joseph, MO, USA

problem #67

Nov 072013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 24,258 miles
Burning interior lens cover due to bulb placement to close to the lens. Remedy : changing to a shorter bulb with lower voltage ( less heat ) or led, which will be positioned away from the lens. I have been always loving Toyota vehicles but I believe deeply it is a product defect Toyota should replace free of charge for those owners. They should know and avoid bulb ( heat ) / plastic lens ( position ).

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #66

Oct 042011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the head light bulbs were overheating and causing the lens to melt. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician verified the failure and stated that the headlight assembly needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 77,000.

- Trussville, AL, USA

problem #65

Sep 152010


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the plastic fog light cover was fractured and became melted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated that the fog light cover would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000.

- Cerritos, CA, USA

problem #64

Oct 152013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 49,567 miles
My vehicle daytime running lights (drl), are burning through the lenses. The lens in front of the bulb is discolored and seems to be melting and cracking 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.

- Anderson , SC, USA

problem #63

Jun 012013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Both front amber daytime running lights (drl) are melting the plastic lens covers and it looks like there is risk of a fire. The original bulbs are in the truck. I am the original owner and have never opened or changed any of the lights on this truck. I don't know how long this has been like this, but I would guess that it has been over-heating for quite some time. The plastic is bubbling and is turning a burnt color.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #62

Sep 142013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
My 2009 Toyota Tacoma X-runner has approximately 34,000 miles and has dtrl (day time running lights) and the turn signals (which are used for the dtrl) have burned, melted and cracked. I am guessing this is because of the lights are running constantly and this is causing excessive heat on the plastic lenses. I will be showing a local Toyota dealership this week, and if they will not replace the headlights (I am out of warranty) then I will have to bear these costs to ensure safety from possible fire. I will be looking into removing the dtrl option, as well as possibly looking into led bulbs to cut down on the heat.

- Parkland, FL, USA

problem #61

Sep 072013


  • 57,851 miles
Upon noticing that the left front turn signal was not working, I inspected the turn signals, noting that both front turn signals/dtrl's are cracked and appear burned. I replaced the turn signal bulb, but the turn signal still does not work.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #60

Sep 162010


  • 36,000 miles
Daytime amber running lights have melted and cracked the lens. Happen around 30,000 miles but Toyota said they have not heard of problem, but I know better after reading other complaints. To costly for them to fix. Maybe safercar.gov might help.

- Canton, NC, USA

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