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:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,501 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #5

Jan 302009


  • 15,000 miles


Air bag warning light comes on intermitently but frequently. Dealer has replaced parts twice but failed to correct the problem. Toyota usa sent a safety recall notice (interim notice) appoximately 10 months ago which seemed to describe the problem but said Toyota was working on the remedy and a second owner notification would be sent when the remedy is available. The notice also said that when the air bag warning light comes on the air bags could deploy inadvertently and that the vehicle should be taken immediately to the dealer. The warning light comes on frequently but when the vehicle is taken to the dealer, he says that he cannot do anything to correct the problem until Toyota issues the final recall. I have contacted Toyota usa who state that they cannot give any date for when they will have a solution to this problem. Please help.

- Newport, OR, USA

problem #4

Oct 042011


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 11V245000 (air bags) and contacted the manufacturer. The manufacturer advised that the parts were available and to schedule an appointment with the dealer. After contacting the dealer, they informed him that the part was not available and to keep trying back. The vehicle was not yet repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 53,000.

- Blairestown, IA, USA

problem #3

Jul 142011


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that the vehicle was stopped when another vehicle crashed into the vehicle while driving approximately 50 mph. None of the air bags deployed during the failure. A police report was filed and the driver was taken to the hospital to treat minor injuries. The vehicle was towed to an insurance lot where the failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, and the contact was awaiting a response. The failure and current mileages were 63,000.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 162011


  • miles
2008 Toyota Highlander: There is a faulty wiring harness for the airbag deployment. It has been fixed but it occurs again and then have to get it fix again. Due to faulty a wiring harness that could fail and prevent airbag deployment, it is dangerous for me, my kids, or anyone that owns or drives a 2008 Toyota Highlander.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #1

Mar 042011

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I was involved in an accident in my 2008 Toyota Highlander on Friday 3/4/11. I hit another vehicle while traveling 35mph. My Highlander has significant front end damage but not one of the air bags deployed. I suffered a knee injury, a neck injury, a shoulder injury, and a concussion. I am very upset and concerned that none of the air bags deployed as they should have according to the owner's manual. I am hesitant to have any repairs made to my vehicle until we find out the cause of the defect. Please let me know how to proceed...

- Mooresville, NC, USA

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