Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: 2008 is the first year of the 2nd generation Highlander, & it may be a model year to avoid as Toyota most likely worked out some production quality issues with the new model.

The 2009 Highlander is the has far fewer complaints.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,000 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.

2008 Toyota Highlander accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 182010


  • 11,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The contact depressed the tailgate locking mechanism and while exiting a parking lot, the tailgate independently unlocked causing items to fall out of the vehicle. The contact stated that the electrical tailgate locking mechanisms failed and the contact would have to manually lock the tailgate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the dealer advised that the hinges on the tailgate would need to be replaced. The dealer replaced all of the hinges and latches but the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that there was not a repair that would permanently correct the issue. The dealer stated that they would replace the hinges at their expense for up to seven years or 70,000 miles. The failure mileage was 11,000.

- Hockessin, DE, USA

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