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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
122,064 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 Hybrid engine problems

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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 162013

Highlander Hybrid

  • 130,000 miles


My wife and three small kids were on the way to the airport, car just shut off while we were in motion driving on a 40mph street. Display says check hybrid system. Luckily we did not get hit and were able to swerve to side of road (although it was all the way from the middle lane to right side of road) as it is a very busy street, luckily there was no car in the right lane at the time of incident. The dealer says it is an hybrid inverter failure. I own a 2008 Toyota Highlander hybrid and I think this part needs to be recalled like the models from 2006 and 2007, from all the complaints I am seeing not only on this website, but all over the internet. Someone should take action before someone gets hurt badly. Thanks.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #2

Jan 282012

Highlander Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 71,191 miles
The vehicle stalled (lost control of steering and engine ceased to operate) while driving at around 35 mph. "hybrid system warning" was displayed and it advised to pull over and contact dealership immediately.

- Millbrae, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 242011

Highlander Hybrid

  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander hybrid. The contact stated while driving at night approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled and the entire instrument panel failed to function. Within a few minutes of the failure, the instrument panel began to illuminate intermittently with the flickering of the power button indicator light. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated there was a faulty battery inverter. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the malfunction. The approximate failure mileage was 165,000.

- New York , NY, USA

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