The amber front running lights, located in the head light assembly may melt or crack their lens. The correction at this time is to replace the head light assembly.Google+
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Toyota Tacoma Amber Running/Parking Lights Melted, Cracked and Burned the Lens Directly in Front of Them!
Toyota Tacoma Problem
Average Mileage: 52,020 mi (6,120 mi - 142,520 mi)
Visitor, 2009 Toyota Tacoma, 50,000 mi
On both the headlights, the amber running light (daytime running lights or 'parking lights') melted, burned and cracked the plastic lens directly in front of them. I took my 09 Tacoma to the dealer to have them check this out. The Toyota service assistant told me this is not covered under the extended warranty I purchased through the dealer and would not be covered by them since my basic warranty was expired (By one month!). To replace both headlamp assemblies will cost a little over $1,100. I've paid less than that for an entire vehicle before. I asked if I would get my money back once this became a recall item. He indicated that I would as long as I retained my receipt(s). He also indicated that if I did have the work done it would most likely not happen again because they re-engineered the replacement lenses. So, obviously Toyota is aware there is a significant problem. They just need to step up and do the right thing by taking responsibility for their defective parts. That's the whole reason I wanted to purchase a Toyota over any other truck...because they HAD the reputation (in my mind) of selling the most reliable vehicles in the market. I hope this doesn't signify a downward trend for their vehicle quality.
Visitor, 2007 Toyota Tacoma, 20,000 mi
Observed both sides amber running light lens cracked over a year ago and put it off taking it to the dealer thinking it would be covered under my extended warranty. Took it to the dealer and found out I missed out on the 3 year warranty and my extended warranty would not cover it. This should be a recall item because it is a safety issue.
Visitor, 2009 Toyota Tacoma, 40,000 mi
Both lenses melted, passenger side cracked and melted! Reported to Toyota, no response yet. Barely 3 years old. 5th Toyota, NEVER had this, this is a defect and a fire hazard.
Visitor, 2009 Toyota Tacoma, 85,000 mi
Appears a universal problem and uncharacteristic of Toyota not to take care of a problem like this... For the first time in a long time, I'm looking at a Ford.... They may have similar problems with their trucks, but they seem much more interested in taking care of problems that are global in nature as this problem is.
Running lights cracked and burned!
I will try to get Toyata to correct this!
Visitor, 2009 Toyota Tacoma, 37,500 mi
The running lights are melting and cracking lense.
Visitor, 2011 Toyota Tacoma, 12,000 mi
HEADLIGHT LENS cracked on passenger side. Obvious that it is on the inside. Dealer said they had never seen this and dismissed it. Said I had to 'hit' something. After reading this blog I will go back at Toyota to repair it.
Visitor, 2009 Toyota Tacoma, 47,000 mi
just noticed it after looking at the information on this page
Visitor, 2009 Toyota Tacoma, 6,120 mi
JUST NOTICED THE PROBLEM TOOK TO DEALERSHIP, INFORMED THEY HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF THIS PROBLEM. CALLED TOYOTA GIVEN CASE #. BOTH OF THE LENS ARE BURNED THRU.
TOLD BY DEALERSHIP APPROX. $1000 + TOO REPAIR, NO DIAGNOIS ON CAUSE. ASSEMBLIES WILL HAVE TO BE REPLACED.
Visitor, 2009 Toyota Tacoma, 44,600 mi
Plastic part of amber headlight cracked and melted onto bulb. Toyota will only conver under 3 years or 36,000 miles. Looks like my third Toyota will be my last.