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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,172 miles

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2008 Toyota Highlander seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #4

Oct 042011


  • 53,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 11V245000 (air bags) and contacted the manufacturer. The manufacturer advised that the parts were available and to schedule an appointment with the dealer. After contacting the dealer, they informed him that the part was not available and to keep trying back. The vehicle was not yet repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 53,000.

- Blairestown, IA, USA

problem #3

Jul 142011


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that the vehicle was stopped when another vehicle crashed into the vehicle while driving approximately 50 mph. None of the air bags deployed during the failure. A police report was filed and the driver was taken to the hospital to treat minor injuries. The vehicle was towed to an insurance lot where the failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, and the contact was awaiting a response. The failure and current mileages were 63,000.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 162011


  • miles
2008 Toyota Highlander: There is a faulty wiring harness for the airbag deployment. It has been fixed but it occurs again and then have to get it fix again. Due to faulty a wiring harness that could fail and prevent airbag deployment, it is dangerous for me, my kids, or anyone that owns or drives a 2008 Toyota Highlander.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #1

Mar 042011

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I was involved in an accident in my 2008 Toyota Highlander on Friday 3/4/11. I hit another vehicle while traveling 35mph. My Highlander has significant front end damage but not one of the air bags deployed. I suffered a knee injury, a neck injury, a shoulder injury, and a concussion. I am very upset and concerned that none of the air bags deployed as they should have according to the owner's manual. I am hesitant to have any repairs made to my vehicle until we find out the cause of the defect. Please let me know how to proceed...

- Mooresville, NC, USA

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