really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,626 miles

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2007 Toyota Highlander brakes problems

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2007 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 052010

Highlander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle began to jerk with slight hesitation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician informed that the failure was related to the master cylinder. The vehicle remained at the dealer for one week to replace the master cylinder. There was a recall related to the defect on the model years 2004-2006 under NHTSA campaign id number 10V499000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Foundation components: Master cylinder). The manufacturer was made aware of the problem and was unable to provide assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000. Updated 06/16/11 updated 06/27/11

- Akron , OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 032010


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Highlander. While driving approximately 20 mph, the brake light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician stated he would need to bleed the brakes and change the oil. The brake light illuminated again after the repairs were made and the brake pedal extended to the floor. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was waiting for a diagnostic test. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted, who stated they were unable to assist, and the contact would have to repair the vehicle at her expense. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Hanover, MA, USA

problem #4

Apr 212010


  • 27,059 miles
Sudden loss of brakes on a 2007 Toyota Highlander. Car rear ended a truck. Driver broke right braking ankle. No skid marks. Driver's head hit steering wheel even though air bag deployed. Believe air bag only partially deployed.

- York, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 112010


  • 19,700 miles


When new I had no difficulty with the brakes on my vehicle. They performed well, and I never felt anxiety that my brakes "wouldn't be there" when needed. But over the past year this has changed. At first I noticed the brake pedal felt soft, and was lower to the floor. I brought my car in to westbury (NY) Toyota. They made some adjustments which appeared to correct the problem at that time. Then, about two months ago, the brake pedal again began to feel soft. In addition, it would intermittently sink all the way to the floor while depressed. This would happen main;Y while stopped at a traffic control device (stop sign or light), but occasionally also happened while using moderate breaking to control vehicle speed while driving down an incline. I brought the vehicle in to marietta (ga) Toyota. They made some adjustments, which seemed to correct the problem. However, a few weeks later the brakes began again to exhibit the same symptoms. This became extremely alarming when, while driving down an incline, I was unable to fully stop before my vehicle traveled into the near lane of cross traffic. I again brought the vehicle to marietta Toyota. They found nothing wrong, and told me the master cylinder is designed to release pressure while the pedal is held. I opened a ticket with Toyota (#1003232005), but I am concerned they may say the brakes are working correctly, even though they clearly seem unsafe to me.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012010


  • 50,000 miles
Since the purchase of our 2007 Toyota Highlander hybrid we have had brake deceleration issues. The brakes seem to occasionally skip, then lurch forward as soon as the braking system initiates. While I have not gotten into any accident, I have become accustomed to braking early in preparation for stopping. It happens at low speeds (between 5-45mph) although that is when I'm most likely to come to a full stop. Not sure what would happen at full highway speed. Called the dealership and was told that this has not been reported to them, though they would take a look. After reading posts of identical braking issues, and with the acceleration issues in consideration I feel it best to file a complaint for the safety of my family.

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #1

Mar 142009


  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Highlander hybrid. He was informed that the rotors were rusting and the pads were worn due to the winter weather. The brake pads, rotors, and calipers had rust on them and they were stuck together due to the inclement weather. When engaging the brake pedal there was a pulsating and uneven feeling. The manufacturer was stated that they were waiting for a response from the dealer to see what the outcome would be. There were related recalls directly related to the failure for other year, make and model Toyota's. the vehicle will be repaired; however, he doesn't know who will assume the repair cost. The contact is aware of the safety risk involved. The failure and current mileages were 28000.

- Shaker Heights, OH, USA

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