Toyota is recalling more than 11,000 FJ Cruisers from the 2007 through 2013 model years equipped with auxiliary front driving lights. The combination of the bulb wattage and mounting angle exceed federal standards for allowable on-road light output.
The Problem: The Auxiliary Driving Lamp Kit offered on 2007 through 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser models exceed the maximum allowable light output under Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108, addressing "Lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment." The lights could cause excessive glare for other drivers or oncoming traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Toyota will notify owners of the recall. Toyota dealers will replace the 55-watt bulbs with 35-watt units at no charge. The recall campaign is expected to begin in late May 2013. Owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331, or the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 11,489 2007-2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser models manufactured from January 25, 2006 through February 23, 2013.