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2007-'13 Toyota FJ Cruiser With Light Kit Recalled For Excessively Bright Headlights


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Just the Facts:
  • Toyota is recalling 11,489 2007-'13 Toyota FJ Cruisers equipped with the Toyota Auxiliary Driving Lamp Kit because the lights are excessively bright.
  • Toyota said the problem was discovered during audit testing of the accessory lamps.
  • Toyota dealers will replace the 55-watt bulbs with 35-watt bulbs.

WASHINGTON — Toyota is recalling 11,489 2007-'13 Toyota FJ Cruisers equipped with the Toyota Auxiliary Driving Lamp Kit because the lights are excessively bright, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Toyota said the problem was discovered during audit testing of the accessory lamps.

"These lamp assemblies include 55-watt bulbs and due to this wattage, the combination of the upper beam headlamps plus the auxiliary lamps are too bright and exceed the maximum light output allowed for an upper beam headlamp," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "Excessively bright lamps may temporarily blind oncoming drivers, increasing the risk of a crash."

The affected vehicles were built from January 25, 2006 through February 23, 2013. The Auxiliary Driving Lamp Kit was not specified as an accessory for any other Toyota model.

Toyota dealers will replace the 55-watt bulbs with 35-watt bulbs. The recall is expected to begin in late May. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Edmunds says: If you own one of the aforementioned Toyota FJ Cruisers, this is an easy fix that shouldn't be too much hassle.

Comments

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    This confirms what I have said for years, the USDOT just does not want you to see at night. Surely the whole point of high beams is that they ARE bright and the driver switches to low-beams when facing oncoming traffic. I am assuming that the auxiliaries only operate with the high beams. Please, how hard can it be?

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    This doesn't make sense... I think the auxiliary lights are just cheap, low level Hellas. There are a multitude of DOT/SAE approved driving lights on the market that are far brighter than these units and high beam combined.

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