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1.9

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,917 miles

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2002 Toyota Highlander lights problems

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2002 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #9

May 162012

Highlander

  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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

problem #8

Apr 252012

Highlander 6-cyl

  • miles
Passenger right rear brake intermittent. Took the car to my local Toyota dealer, they could not find the problem. Bulb, light socket, wiring, fuse all checked good. The issue has not gone away. Today I was stopped by a police officer because of my passenger brake light not working. I told the officer about what I did to resolve the issue and that I took the car to the Toyota dealer and they could not find out the problem. After explaining what I did to resolve the issue, the police officer explained to me this is a safety issue and the brake light needs to be fixed. I googled the problem this evening and found 10 web sites all having the same problem with the passenger right rear brake intermittent or not working. I found one common thread was that the majority of the complaints was on the 2002 model and a few on 2003.

- Cypress, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 202011

Highlander

  • 100,000 miles
Toyota Highlander brake lights. Right side/passenger side brake lights go out often and even with new bulbs don't always work. Faulty design. Due to all the posts on the internet about the same issue I'm assuming this is a common and unsafe problem with Highlanders.

- Texas, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 262010

Highlander

  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Passenger side break light failure on 2002 Toyota Highlander. This is a safety issue when other drivers cannot see you break particularly from the right angle. This is an issue that has happened to many drivers of the same model year. See the web posts at www.topix.net/forum/autos/Toyota-Highlander/T7H7ld934gsqlc6be I am convinced it is a defect in the 2002 model and as such should be recalled. I have brought to the Toyota dealer in manchester nh 5 times replacing lamp sockets and other attempts and it still does not work. I have to bring in again. There should be a standard way to fix it.

- Goffstown, NH, USA

problem #5

Jan 072010

Highlander

  • 98,250 miles
The right brake light rear passenger side does not work. I have changed all bulbs and checked fuses. All other light in the assembly work just fine tail, backup, right blinker but when your press on the brake pedal the light does not come on. There are many complaints to the NHTSA about this problem. Direct action is needed to fix this problem before an accident or someone is pulled over for a problem that is not fixable on the customers end.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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problem #4

Feb 012010

Highlander

  • 45,000 miles
The right brake light on my 2002 Highlander keeps going out, despite the number of bulb changes I've done. There is a large number of Highlander owners that have filed this same report online via bulletin boards, etc.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 152009

Highlander 4WD

  • 95,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Right rear brake light connection is bad. I have changed the bulbs and all other lights on that side work. The tail lights, hazards, reverse and turn signal lights all work. The only light that continues to not work is the brake light lighting up when the pedal is pushed down. Obviously, this is a safety hazard. This has been an ongoing issue for a year now and with online searches, I'm not the only one with the same problem.

- Laguna Hills, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 052009

Highlander

  • 106,000 miles
Brake light assembly in Toyota Highlanders 2001 and beyond fail. Thereby causing the brake lights not to work. The lights and fuses are not broken. There are 16 postings made since 2007 at www.topix.com/forum/autos/Toyota-Highlander/T7H7ld934gsqlc6be that report the exact same problem.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 142009

Highlander

  • 120,000 miles
Brake light assembly in Toyota Highlanders 2001 and beyond fail. Thereby causing the brake lights not to work. The lights and fuses are not broken. There are 16 postings made since 2007 at www.topix.com/forum/autos/Toyota-Highlander/T7H7ld934gsqlc6be that report the exact same problem.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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