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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
132,525 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Toyota Highlander brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 112014

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 90,100 miles


Engine accelerating when brakes were depressed.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012012


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated while driving at approximately 35mph, the accelerator cable disconnected causing the vehicle to accelerate. The contact mentioned that the brakes were engaged in to stop the vehicle from moving forward. The dealer stated that the wrong cable was placed in vehicle. The contact stated that the transmission became defective as a result of engaging the brakes while the vehicle was accelerating. The dealer and manufacturer were made aware of the problem. The failure mileage was 200,000.

- Rosenburg, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 152014

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Driving on I-26 East bound with kids near exit 110 in columbia, SC. Car veered violently 3 lanes and took a turn facing the traffic. Lost complete control of the steering, brakes and the engine shut down abruptly. Pictures and videos with tire marks are available for analysis along with the police contact report. Engine started after several trials at which time the car was pulled away form the main lanes. All 4 tires are replaced 6-8 weeks ago with brand new tires. Front drivers side tire shows the stress of the sudden impact. A pastor couple is the eye witness to the whole event. Luckily rear traffic stopped avoiding a major accident. Our sincere wish is to prevent this happening to other families by understanding the root cause of the problem. We moved the car to the nearest Toyota car dealer and requested them to analyze the situation to avoid repeat of similar incidents to other families.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #1

May 162012


  • 100,000 miles
Rear-right break light not working. Replace bulb and did not work. Checked socket and all is fine but break light still not working. I have research this for a while and no solution. These seems to be a very common problem and Toyota does not have a solution. Definitively a safety issue. I already got a ticket from police for not having these lights in working condition.

- Olathe, KS, USA

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