really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,646 miles

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2010 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #18

Feb 012016


  • miles


2010 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle daytime running lights are burning the plastic lens. The consumer stated it looked as if, the lenses were starting to melt. The consumer was informed a recall was issued. However, in expired November 30, 2015. The consumer stated he never received a recall notice.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #17

Jan 152016


  • 120,000 miles
I had both of my headlamps replaced by Toyota under warranty because they were melting at the daytime running light lens. The drivers side headlamp is melting again. I was told by Toyota that the one year warranty given on the new headlamps was over and that they would not be replaced again. I do not think Toyota fixed the problem but just replaced the defective headlamps with more defective headlamps to buy time until everyone was out of warranty and they wouldn't have to do anything about it.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #16

Aug 242015


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that there was a strong vibration and an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who replaced three U-joints and the day time running lights. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Harrods Creek , KY, USA

problem #15

Aug 072014


  • 65,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the lens for the daytime running lights was melted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

problem #14

Jun 282014


  • 41,000 miles
The daytime running lights have melted the newer type service bulletin replaced headlight housings. Also noticed is heat discoloration of the wiring connector.

- Royal Palm Beach , FL, USA

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problem #13

Apr 172012


  • 30,000 miles
As I was doing my monthly inspection on my truck, I noticed that my day-time running lights was starting to melt due to getting overheated while driving.

- Gaston, SC, USA

problem #12

Apr 182014

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


Auxiliary audio jack is designed poorly causing failure. Front turn signal both sides yellow bulb the connector for the bulb and the bulb itself blackens and is fragile. Fake front bumper cover is misleading and falsely gives a feeling of safety. Actual bumper is quite small and may lead to catastrophic injury or death in the event of a moderate overlap collision. The accident or collision occurred with a moderate overlap hitting left 1/4 of front bumper the front left fender was pushed into the door causing more body damage than should have occurred.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #11

Nov 222011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 45,128 miles
The daytime running lights got so hot that the lenses melted and cracked and the light bulb sockets are burned. The lenses are not capable of withstanding the heat generated by the bulbs. Wither the lens plastic is not in federal law compliance, the bulbs are too hot or the bulbs are too close to the plastic lenses. Whatever it is, there will eventually be a fire.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #10

Sep 022013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Burn out headlights.

- Caguas, PR, USA

problem #9

Apr 292013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 86,150 miles
The driving lights on my 2010 Toyota Tacoma have burnt both headlight lens and cracked one. The service manager immediately commented aloud that this was a design issue and the dealership had seen this problem in other like vehicles. A call to Toyota received a rapid no! to assuming any responsibility. Toyota refused to replace the headlight lens due to the vehicle being out of warranty due to mileage. On November 09, 2013, the Toyota rep offered to replace one lamp assembly but the owner had to purchase the second one and assume all labor costs. This is not acceptable considering that this is a manufacturer's design defect. It is unknown if this problem occurred during warranty or at what point afterwards. The vehicle has been regularly serviced at the dealership as per owner's manual yet no technician reported the burnt and cracked lens problem. It was the owner who first noticed the problem April 29, 2013, two days after the vehicle was serviced at the dealership. However that same week, the owner was diagnosed with aggressive cancer and an immediate treatment plan prevented the owner from pursuing the lens issue.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #8

Nov 112013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 40,350 miles


On a recent inspection of the lights on my vehicle I noticed that the daylight running lights (drl) were melting both left and right headlight assemblies. The light bulb retainer is discolored indicating signs of a high heat. My Toyota dealership confirmed there is a problem with the drl's, however they were only replacing the headlight assembly if the vehicle is under warranty. I then contacted Toyota customer service and asked if there was a fix for the headlights, they confirmed that there is no fix and they will not replace the headlight assembly. The problem is a potential fire hazard. An internet search provided numerous accounts and pictures of this chronic problem. I would like Toyota to correct the hazard and repair the damage to my vehicle. Again the biggest issue here is that if Toyota replaces the headlight assembly it will be with the same components that cause the problem.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #7

Jul 102013

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Both headlight assemblies are melting from inside from the daytime running lamp bulb heat. All components are stock as-built items, no modifications of any kind. Attempting to get Toyota to replace assemblies at this time. Vehicle is a few months out of warranty time but well within miles. The headlight assemblies will eventually melt away and perhaps catch fire if this is not properly rectified. There is surely a design flaw in these headlight assemblies.

- Kihei, HI, USA

problem #6

Mar 012011


  • 46,000 miles
I noticed while doing a walk around of my truck that one of the headlights was burned out. I thought nothing about the issue and planned to have it repaired. Within 2 weeks the other side burned out as well. This has now happened 3 times (77,000miles). I have spoken with several other owners and many are having the same issue, including a family member and coworkers. This is a major safety issue as if you don't catch when the first one burns out the other follows shortly thereafter and can leave you stranded.

- Flint, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 152013

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that he noticed a smell emanating from the front of the vehicle. Upon further inspection, he noticed that the base of the headlight bulbs had melted as well as the socket. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and was informed that the wiring harness would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was 45,000....updated 07-10-13 the consumer stated the problem was not the headlight bulbs, but with the daytime running lights. They were located in the in headlight assembly. The and base of the bulbs and sockets had melted. The headlight assembly was cracked from the heat. Toyota helped pay for the replacement of the headlight assembly. One week later, the problem returned. Updated 07/18/13

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #4

Mar 052013


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the bulbs for the daytime running lights became overheated and burned through the plastic shielding. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician confirmed the failure and stated that the light assembly would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no longer under warranty. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 43,000.

- Gastonia , NC, USA

problem #3

Oct 172012

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while parked, he noticed that theday ime running lights were burning through the lens. As a result, the lenses were cracking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic testing. The technician stated that both headlight assemblies needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000 and the current mileage was 101,000. Updated 2/4/13 the consumer stated the lens had heat damageto bulb base and the socket it plugs into. The dealer once refused to repair due mileage. The dealer was this was a problem. The manufacturer assisted with repairs. Updated 02/13/2013

- Talbotton , GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that both daytime running lights would overheat and crack or discolor the lens. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician advised that the lens would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #1

Sep 182010


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving at night, the low beams only illuminated two car lengths in front of him. The failure was more significant on roads with limited street lights. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer twice where the contact was informed that it was a design flaw and could not be repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current mileage was approximately 100,000. The failure mileage was approximately 2,000.

- Gilbertsville, PA, USA

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