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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,601 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.

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2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid brakes problems

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2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 032016

Highlander Hybrid

  • 130,128 miles


Issue with ABS actuator causing loss of vsc function

- Palms Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #6

Feb 162016

Highlander Hybrid

  • 128,000 miles
ABS actuator is pumping to prime brakes every 15 secs. Defective and needs to be replaced. Toyota says $2300

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 182015

Highlander Hybrid

  • 47,000 miles
The vsc system warning appears and it smell like the brake is imgage of attached like a burning metal smell.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 052014

Highlander Hybrid

  • 90,501 miles


First noticed on date above, but occurs at least once a week. When slowing down, and brakes are applied, if a bump, pothole, and traction is lost for a split second the brakes stop working and the car surges, coasts, disengage. Firm pressure on brakes is used to compensate for the loss of braking power. As a result stopping distance is increased. This loss of breaking power lasts for 1/2 to 1 second. Perhaps its related to the hybrid regenerating system. Never the less it is very disconcerting to lose brakes, even for a split second

- Ovid, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 292013

Highlander Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 154,579 miles
While accelerating from a stoplight and driving in a 45mph zone, our 2007 Highlander hybrid began to accelerate on its own. The engine revved as if someone were flooring the gas pedal. Neither my husband nor I knew what was happening. Then we heard a loud thud sound from the back seat and we lost power steering, power brakes, and we started to decelerate. Traffic was averaging 45-50mph around us. Thankfully, my husband was able to safely coast us into the right lane, then into a parking lot, and then into a parking spot. After that we were not able to start the vehicle and we had multiple error messages flash across the instrument panel: "check hybrid system" & "check vehicle stability". we were told by Toyota that our error codes indicated that the inverter "blew up" & needs replacement. They did not mention anything about the recall which I found while researching. We are 13 VIN numbers after the recall for this same issue. We were told the part costs $10,000 before taxes & installation. Toyota won't honor the earlier recall and so I've towed the vehicle home. :(

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 272013

Highlander Hybrid

  • miles
The hybrid abruptly stalled while driving, light and alarms all around. Dealer states its the power inverter, he mentioned it was a recall, but not covering my car. The symptoms are identical.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 282011

Highlander Hybrid 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle became unstable and wobbling, almost caused accident with loss of control, while in motion and displayed warning messages for brake and vehicle stability control with code P0A7A and possible other codes. Vehicle was taken to tyson's Toyota where it was diagnosed as having a defective hybrid inverter and requires $8000+ in repairs. We contacted Toyota and 2 days later they concluded that this is not a defect and no assistance will br provided for the repairs. This issue is similar/identical to another Toyota recall number 11V342000.

- Sterling, VA, USA

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