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: The 2010 Highlander's rear liftgate thinks it's open when it's closed and then once it's actually open, you might not be able to shut it again. Remember folks, if your liftgate is stuck open for more than 4 hours, consult your mechanic.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,746 miles

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2010 Toyota Highlander engine problems

engine problem

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2010 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 252010


  • 11,746 miles


I have a 2010 Toyota Highlander 4 cylinder that has an engine which is accelerating and surging despite that it has received the recall "fix" for the recent gas pedal recall. Even after the recall modification to the gas pedal, the engine's tachometer jumps (often up to 5000 RPM) while traveling at a steady speed or not accelerating. The problem occurs every time it is driven and is easily duplicated. My local dealer service had the car for over 3 weeks and was working closely with Toyota Corp technicians. They were able to reproduce and observe the problem and acknowledged it. But the vehicle was not producing any diagnostic "error codes" and they were unable to diagnose or repair this vehicle. In a strange twist they returned the vehicle to me and "changed their tune". the dealer then said Toyota tech's stated it was a normal gear change function and that there was nothing they could do about the surging. The problem has gotten progressively worse and I am about to take it back to the dealer and go another round. Problem occurs at both high and low speeds, with and without use of cruise control. The vehicle is less than 1 year old and the engine behavior is quite scary. I do not want to have my wife and children get into an accident. Please get involved. In my opinion, this problem seems to be related to the vehicles electronic engine controls. A.S.I.

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

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