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TOYOTA PRIUS Problems with Exterior Lighting

 
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2009 TOYOTA PRIUS Problems & Complaints

Read complaint(s) filed for the 2009 TOYOTA PRIUS. These complaints & problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. You may file your own complaint for the 2009 TOYOTA PRIUS by calling the NHTSA Monday-Friday 8am to 8pm at (888) 327-4236, TTY: (800) 424-9153. You can also file your complaint online.

Vehicle Information (439 Complaints)
Date reported Aug 23, 2013
Location MEDFORD, NY
Manufacturer TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
Vehicle 2009 TOYOTA PRIUS
Transmission Not Specified
Drivetrain Not Specified
Fuel type Hybrid Electric
Occurences 1
Crash involved N
Injuries 0
Deaths 0
Source NHTSA Website
All Complaints
Complaint - Exterior Lighting

FOR SOME MONTHS NOW I HAVE BEEN HAVING TROUBLE WITH THE RIGHT FRONT HEADLIGHT IN MY PRIUS WHICH IS AN HID LAMP. THE LIGHTS GOES OUT AND THEN WHEN I TURN THE LIGHT SWITCH OFF THEN BACK ON AGAIN THE LAMP LIGHTS AGAIN. I HAVE TO DO THIS NUMEROUS TIMES WHILE DRIVING. IT EITHER EVENTUALLY STAY'S LIT OR I JUST GIVE UP AND ANTICIPATE A TICKET. ON OCCASION WHEN I TRY TO GET THE LIGHT TO COME BACK ON THE DRIVERS SIDE LIGHT GOES OUT, AND THEN I AM WITHOUT HEADLIGHTS UNTIL I REPEAT THE PROCESS. IT IS NOT ONLY DANGEROUS WHILE DRIVING IN THE DARK, BUT WHEN YOU TRY TO GET THE LAMP TO TURN BACK ON, PEOPLE THINK YOUR FLASHING THEM FROM BEHIND WHICH CAUSES THEM TO BECOME AGGRESSIVE. IT IS VERY STRESSFUL AND I KNEW IF I LOOKED THIS UP ONLINE I'D PROBABLY FIND THAT THERE WAS A RECALL. I WAS NOT SURPRISED TO FIND OUT THAT THERE WERE COMPLAINT IDENTICAL TO MINE, BUT NO RECALL HAS BEEN ISSUED AGAINST TOYOTA TO FIX THE APPARENT DESIGN PROBLEM. I AM A 28 YEAR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER AND ALSO A SENIOR SAFETY SPECIALIST FOR MY COMPANY. WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR A SERIOUS INCIDENT TO OCCUR BEFORE TOYOTA IS FORCED TO FIX THE ISSUE. I WILL NOT REPLACE THIS EXPENSIVE BULB SINCE IT APPEARS THAT IT ONLY REMEDIATES THE PROBLEM FOR A SHORT PERIOD THE OF TIME BEFORE IT HAPPENS AGAIN. I AM ENTRUSTING IN YOUR ORGANIZATION TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE ISSUE TO ENSURE THE WELL BEING OF ME, MY FAMILY AND THOSE AROUND US WHO EITHER DRIVE THESE MODELS AND/OR BECOME ADDITIONAL VICTIMS FROM OUR VEHICLES DUE TO HAVING TO "COMPLETELY" SHUT DOWN THE HEADLIGHTS IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET THEM BACK UP. AGAIN THIS SOMETIMES CREATES BOTH HEADLIGHTS TO GO OUT UNTIL REPEATED. CAN THAT REALLY BE A BULB ISSUE? I THINK NOT. PLEASE FORCE THIS LARGE COMPANY TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE ISSUE BEFORE STATISTICS CLIMB ON ACCIDENTS AND OR INJURIES RESULTING FROM THESE HEADLIGHT FAILURES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND ANTICIPATED ACTIONS.

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