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I just bought a Corolla 2019 and it has one issue that is very distracting when driving at night. The driver side has a "shadow" effect at the outer reaches of the light beam. You can see it in the included photo looking out on the driver side. I think I know what it is since the second photo shows two funky dark spots when I shine the lights against my garage door. I think the shadow is the dark spot. Does anyone know how to fix? I took this issue to my dealer service and he hadn't come across the issue even though I showed him the picture.

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Thanks for trying to help and I apologize about the bad photo link. The link should work now and if you look at the pics you'll see that it's not any dirt. It looks to be the way the lights are made or how they focus. There must be some way to adjust. I'm a bit puzzled since the passenger side doesn't seem to have the same issue on the road even though it has the "shadow" on the garage door. Could be alignment. I'm not sure what it is, but it can't be right.
 

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I just bought a 2019 corolla and I am having the same problem! Have you found a fix? I have tried to adjust the headlights for a few hours with no luck. PLEASE HELP

I drive a lot at night and I can’t live with this.
 

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I sent the issue to my salesman who forwarded to the service department head, but I haven't heard back yet. I will definitely follow-up and try to get an answer. I'm a bit discouraged that you're also having the issue since it's starting to look like a design flaw. I can't believe that Toyota would allow such a problem to be widespread, so I'm hoping there is a solution.
 

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i looked at the beam pattern, that is normal for that type of headlight. without that "shadow" you would be blinding oncoming traffic

if you are having issues with seeing at night then check the height adjustment of the headlights (or have the dealer do it) and use the "auto high beams" function
 

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If you are talking about the "light beam pattern" against the garage door in the picture, since the pattern is both on the driver side and the passenger side, I think you are correct that it looks to be part of the design. However, I still cannot believe that the shadow being cast on the driver's side in the picture is part of how Toyota intended the light beam to be cast into the street. I"m also not sure about what you mean when referring to "that type of headlight". If you mean a light based on LED technology, I own a few other cars and have driven others that have "LED" technology and none have a beam field that is interrupted with a "shadow" for the intention that it prevents blinding other drivers. Also, I don't have an issue seeing things with the lights but rather the light pattern is very, very distracting and I have never observed any such similar issue with headlights. In every other car I have driven, the outer perimeter of the light beam has always been uniform across the field of vision.
 

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I have the same issue with my 2020 SE. Has anyone made any headway on this. I am going to take mine into the dealer this week but I wouldn’t be surprised if they told me that there is no fix. Wife’s 2015 Corolla doesn’t have this “problem”, and neither did my Yaris. I know nothing is perfect, but if t is a design flaw, geeeeezzzzzzz.
 

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It's completely normal, and it's a design feature. Don't let it bother you too much. It's for the greater good.

The cutout(https://i.imgur.com/MlySOvY.jpg) is intentional. It's a response to IIHS testing(https://www.iihs.org/ratings/about-our-tests#headlight-evaluation). The IIHS will really pee in your cereal if your headlamps create excessive glare. The cutout is to prevent the glare-measuring tool used by the IIHS from recording excessive glare values, and in turn, this prevents oncoming drivers from getting a face-full of light from your headlamps. It might be somewhat bothersome while driving, but it's not a defect; it's by design, and it shouldn't have a huge effect on safety as what you're really concerned about when driving should be pedestrians/deer/obstacles popping out from the left or right **edges** of the road. The little divot in the beam pattern is fortunately rather close to the road centerline, and the high peak intensities at points 11 and 12 compensate.(https://simanaitissays.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/fmvssintensities.jpg?w=522&h=600)
 

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I also have this problem. I almost hit someone driving down a road with no streetlamps. I just sent an email to toyota. If I get no response, I will send to NHTSA. Also, to those saying it's so you don't blind people, if your beams are aimed at the road like they should be, you won't blind people.
 
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