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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,033 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 012012


  • miles


The driver side sun visor keeps falling down. It does not stay up and impairs driver vision.

- Morgan Hill, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012012


  • 72,100 miles
The driver's sun visor does not stay up -- when either pulled back or pushed forward -- and falls in the driver's line of vision. This leads to a dangerous situation because it means the driver loses his field of vision for a few seconds at very unpredictable times.

- Cartersville, GA, USA

problem #1

Apr 202009


  • 0 miles
I bought a 2008 Toyota Highlander in December 2007. I did not test drive the vehicle at night. After a few weeks, I tried to back up at night. The lights are completely inadequate and they are a safety hazard. I have to get out of the vehicle every few feet and check to make sure there is nothing/no one in my path when backing up at night. I asked the dealer to check/repair the lights. They said this is a common complaint but there is nothing they can do to fix it. It is not safe to back up the vehicle at night because the lights do not illuminate enough to see if someone is in your path. I have asked the manufacturer for help fixing the problem but they said there is nothing they can do.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

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