Notes: 2008 is the first year of the 2nd generation Highlander, & it may be a model year to avoid as Toyota most likely worked out some production quality issues with the new model.

The 2009 Highlander is the has far fewer complaints.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,415 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.

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engine problem

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 202010


  • 33,830 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. While driving at speeds of 35-40 mph, the vehicle accelerated without warrant. The contact applied the brakes but the vehicle continued to accelerate and the brakes would not engage. The vehicle proceeded to crash into a curb several times before coming to a stop. The contact stated also she had previously received notification of NHTSA recall campaign id number 10V023000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal) but had not taken the vehicle for recall repairs. The approximate failure and current mileages were 33830.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 072009


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. On December 7, 2009 the contact drove into his parking garage and depressed the brake pedal when the accelerator pedal immediately jammed causing the vehicle to crash into the garage, approximately 18 feet. The vehicle stopped at the stairs. There was $9,000 worth of damage to the vehicle and $4,000 for the garage. Toyota has examined the vehicle and stated that the vehicle was not a part of the recall yet it was the contacts fault. The contact also stated that there was an electronic failure. Toyota advised the contact that his foot went between the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal causing the vehicle to crash into the garage. The failure mileage was 29,000. The current mileage was 30,000.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

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