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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 Jul 15, 2014
Location TRAVELERS REST, SC
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
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Complaint - Exterior Lighting

WHILE DRIVING AT NIGHT, BOTH HEADLIGHTS, WITHOUT WARNING WENT OUT. IMMEDIATELY, I PULLED TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND TURNED THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH TO OFF. THEN, PAUSED A MOMENT BEFORE RELIGHTING THEM, UNFORTUNATELY RELIGHTING THEM NORMALLY FAILED. SO AGAIN, I WORKED WITH THE SWITCH, ONLY TO DISCOVER THAT THESE WOULD RELIGHT IF AND ON IF I HELD THE LIGHTS ON USING THE 'DIMMER MODE' TO BRIGHT THE ROAD. UNFORTUNATELY, MINE LIKE OTHERS, IS UNPREDICTABLE AT BEST - SO REPRODUCING THIS INCIDENT 'ON DEMAND' IS DIFFICULT AT BEST. IN READING OTHER CONSUMER COMPLAINTS, THIS SEEMS TO BE AN ONGOING AND COSTLY PROBLEM. AFTER FURTHER REVIEW, I HAVE DISCOVERED THAT THIS HEADLIGHT CHALLENGE HAS BEEN PART OF A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT. SHAME ON TOYOTA FOR NOT ISSUING A RECALL ON THIS MATTER - PRIUS OWNERS, AS WELL AS FELLOW DRIVERS WHOM WE SHARE THE ROAD WITH ARE AT HIGH RISK.

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