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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,600 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.

2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid electrical problems

electrical problem

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2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 162016

Highlander Hybrid

  • 147,000 miles


ABS light on with warning, brakes performing poorly. The ABS actuator assembly and break pump failed requiring replacement with a cost of over $3764 in repairs. The Toyota Camry hybrid had millions of recalls for the ABS actuator but the Highlander hybrid was currently not on recall. I own a 2000 Toyota 4 runner with over 200,000 miles and never had an ABS issue. This car is only 6 years old and shouldn't require this problem so early.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 132012

Highlander Hybrid 6-cyl

  • 60,200 miles
Depressed accelerator after being stopped at traffic light. Car jerked forward, stopped and would not restart. Warning messages for the hybrid system (message was 'stop immediately and notify dealer'), brake system and 4 wheel drive. Car was towed to dealer who determined it was failure of hybrid inverter requiring complete replacement. I'm concerned because this sound similar to issues reported for 2006 and 2007 highlander models.

- Gig Harbor, WA, USA

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