Toyota Tundra Halogen Headlights May Catch Fire

Toyota recalls 164,000 trucks that may have headlight problems, but only in very specific conditions

Toyota Tundra Halogen Headlights May Catch Fire

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— A Toyota Tundra halogen headlight recall includes more than 164,000 trucks because the headlights could catch fire under certain circumstances. About 6,400 of the trucks are recalled in Canada.

Toyota says the 2018-2021 Tundra trucks are equipped with halogen headlight electrical circuits that were designed incorrectly to allow the circuits for both the high-beam and low-beam bulb filaments to be energized at the same time when the high beams are on.

Toyota says if the high beams are continuously switched on when the truck is idling or driving at low speeds for extended periods of time, this may not allow air flow to cool the headlight connectors.

Excessive heat could damage the insulation for the bulb and bulb connector and open the headlight circuit, causing the halogen headlight to fail. A Tundra driver should notice the headlight is out and get it repaired.

"However, if an open circuit does not occur, there is a possibility that the connector could continue to overheat, resulting in an increased risk of a fire that may propagate to other parts of the vehicle." — Toyota

The Toyota Tundra recall includes trucks built between June 2017 and March 2021, and all the trucks will need to have the engine wire harness assemblies modified.

Toyota dealers will also inspect the halogen headlight bulb connectors, bulbs and headlight assemblies. Any heat damaged components will be replaced.

Toyota Tundra owners will receive halogen headlight recall notices by November 1, 2021.

If you have questions about the Tundra recall, please call the automaker at 800-331-4331.