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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,500 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.

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2002 Toyota Highlander brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 012010


  • 120,000 miles


The left brake lights on my 2002 Toyota Highlander limited edition 4 wheel drive do not work. I changed the bulbs and they still do not work. I have researched possible causes and found hundreds of other consumers have had the same problems. This is a dangerous defect in that it arose suddenly, for no reason, and compromises the safety of the vehicles ability to warn other drivers that the car is braking. I am disappointed that Toyota has not recalled the car for what appears to be a significant malfunction.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 062008


  • 49,500 miles
Left (driver side) front ABS began activating spontaneously as my 02 Toyota Highlander came to stop. Service Agency found no code. Removing fuse on ABS sensor eliminated 'false activation' problem, but disabled ABS; replacing sensor had no effect. Discovered broken sensor ring on rear axle, due to corrosion. (necessary replacement of entire axle) eliminated ABS activation on braking, but induced ABS activation on acceleration from stop. Replacement of another sensor (also contaminated/damaged by axle corrosion/infiltration) seemed to solve the problem, but I now experience noise/activation when rear wheel drive engages in winter driving. My online research (and service Agency) indicate this is a recurring, growing problem in Highlanders and lexuses and other Toyota models sharing the rear axle assemblies, that are prone to infiltration corrosion damage, especially in the northern states.

- Shaker Heights, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 032008


  • 48,000 miles
2002 Highlander ltd, 48K miles, well maintained. ABS system awry, activating left front brakes as brakes applied, most severe as coming to stop. No code, no remedy with replacement of rear sensor. Presently driving with ABS disabled, service provider seeking solution.

- Shaker Heights, OH, USA

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