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 1 of 5)

problem #99

Feb 152016


  • 83,000 miles


Parking light assembly built into headlight assembly have broken and looks like they are ready to catch fire. Split in to causing lens to blacken

- Erwin, TN, USA

problem #98

Feb 042016


  • miles
Daytime running lights have burned and cracked lenses. Toyota corporate says the recall is over. This needs to be fixed--repair costs over $500. Please help--

- Flat Rock, NC, USA

problem #97

Jan 222016


  • miles
Both headlamp assemblies inner lens distorted/bubbling, and one side is cracked with the inner lens separated

- Saratoga Springs, UT, USA

problem #96

Mar 012012

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


Front amber turn lamps bubbled, look very hot on plastic lens, burnt through, could possibly cause fire? lens cracked.

- Meade, KS, USA

problem #95

Jul 302011

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the signal lights started to separate from the vehicle and the lens lost color. Also, the contact mentioned that the headlights were dim. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000....updated 04/08/15 updated 4/13/15 the consumer stated the signal lights are housed in a heated lamp module and they constantly burned out/ the melted the signal lens inside the head lamp assembly and cracked the plastic and now the signal lamps are fogging up inside the lens of the head lamp assemblies. Updated 04/21/15 updated 10/22/2015

- Valencia, CA, USA

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problem #94

Aug 062010

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Drl burning lens. Afraid it will catch on fire.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #93

Sep 012010

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles


At appx. 24,000 miles, I noticed that my 'daytime' running lights were cloudy and that both lenses were cracked. I neglected to take it in for this, since I was more concerned about the engine hesitating on acceleration. When I finally remembered to tell/show them, they weren't concerned, because the warranty was out. They did offer to split it with me. My cost would have been $492. Screw'em... this is clearly a factory defect. Especially with as many of the same complaints I have found for this. You'd think the dot would do something.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #92

Aug 012014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Amber inside turn signal lamps attached to front headlights are scorching inside lens of headlight assembly.

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #91

Aug 072014


  • 80,000 miles
The running lights melted the lenses at 35000 miles and I took my truck back to Toyota and they replaced the lights, said they put bulbs in there that would not get as hot. Now at over 80000 miles they have melted again, the plastic is turning black, looks like a possible fire hazard. I have seen this same issue with other similar models. Toyota is aware of the problem, needs to recall and properly fix!

- Gamaliel, KY, USA

problem #90

Aug 022014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
My amber driving light lens within the headlight assemblies are burned, one has broken in half.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #89

Jul 022013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles


Daylight headlight burned and broke in two parts.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #88

Jul 022014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 55,046 miles
Air bag light on, Toyota found dtc S B1785 occupant classification sensor front left collision detection, B1650 occupant system malfunction, zero point calibration and sensitivity check done but Toyota Hawaii says we need to replace front right seat sensor mat assy. Is that a safety issue and is this a manufacture defect? took to Toyota 3 times now for the same issue of the air bag light coming on. Please advise, thank you! both lens bulbs melt inner side of plastic parts on the headlights. Please advise if this is also a recall/defect.

- Waianae, HI, USA

problem #87

Sep 242011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
The dtrl amber bulb has melted both lens due to excessive heat from bulb.the left/right lens are cracked and falling apart.

- Augusta , GA, USA

problem #86

Feb 032014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 38,500 miles
The bulb to the daylight running lights melted the lens in front of it and broke it in two pieces. This is for both lights. This bulb is too close to the lens, probably a defect in engineering or design. These lights are constantly on and there is no way to turn them off. I'm afraid something will catch on fire. I called Toyota dealership and was told they couldn't fix it because I didn't have extended warranty. I called corporate offices and was told I would have to get vehicle diagnosed at cost of $150 before they considered taking any action. And if it was determined that it was a manufacturing defect than I would have to pay half of the cost of the new headlights, which would be around $300, plus the $150 for the diagnostic test. Told them others have had this exact same problem, to no avail. This is not fair as it's obvious this is defective equipment/design. Thank you.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #85

Feb 122009


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the passenger's side headlight housing melted. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who confirmed the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 25,000 and the current mileage was 80,000. The VIN was not available.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #84

Apr 022012

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
Day time running lights overheating and melting the plastic inside headlight which looks like it is burnt and black causing headlight to crack and damage to the bulbs. I have replaced driver side now and passenger side has started to melt.

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #83

Apr 122014

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Front turn signal lights burning and melting lens. Inspection of plastic bulb socket shows signs of heat damage and potential fire hazard.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #82

Jun 142011


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the lenses for the daytime running lamps and the turn signals were melted. The contact was concerned that the failure could lead to a fire. The dealer was contacted and advised that the entire lighting assembly would require replacing. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but provided no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000. The current mileage was 100,000.

- Vidor, TX, USA

problem #81

Mar 062012

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the headlight lens would continuously overheat and become cracked. The contact was concerned that the vehicle would possibly catch on fire since the bulb was so close to the lens. The vehicle was not taken for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 100,000. Updated 3/13/14

- Vidor, TX, USA

problem #80

Feb 282014

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the day time running light system failed which caused the lens to fracture and the bulbs to burn. The turning signals that are connect to the daytime running lights also failed. The contact replaced the daytime running light bulbs several times; however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The daytime running light system was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 67,000.

- Clarksville , TN, USA

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