Notes: The 2010 Highlander's rear liftgate thinks it's open when it's closed and then once it's actually open, you might not be able to shut it again. Remember folks, if your liftgate is stuck open for more than 4 hours, consult your mechanic.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,565 miles

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2010 Toyota Highlander brakes problems

brakes problem

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2010 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 062010


  • 22,400 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Highlander. While driving approximately 20 mph the contact applied pressure to the brake pedal but the brakes did not respond. A warning brake failure light illuminated on the dashboard. The contact was able to drive onto the side of the road and turn the vehicle off. After turning the vehicle back on the warning light did not illuminate nor did the failure recur. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was being diagnosed. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 22,400.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 132010


  • 17,019 miles
I was driving on a straight and level road, at approximately 30 mph. Traffic came to a sudden stop and I applied the brakes in a hard and sudden manner, but the vehicle failed to stop in time, though I believe it should have. No airbags deployed. My vehicle struck the vehicle in front of me, also pushing that vehicle into the one in front of it. During repairs, it was discovered the brake pedal mechanism had failed at some point, requiring replacement.

- Dumont, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 152010

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 1,275 miles
On December 2, 2009, I took delivery of a new 2010 Toyota Highlander sport model, with a V-6 engine and 2 wheel drive. This vehicle subsequently was identified in the January & February, 2010 recall notices as being one of the vehicles affected by the sticking gas pedal problem. However, preceding the recall notices, on January 15, 2010, I experienced a brake pedal fade while stopped on level flat ground at a red traffic signal. I pressed down on the brake pedal harder to ensure that I did not drift into the rear end of the car stopped in front of me. Upon pressing down harder on the brake pedal, the "hill assist" warning buzzer sounded even though my wheels were not spinning or in danger of spinning. When the traffic signal changed to green a minute or so later, I removed my foot from the brake pedal and lightly depressed the accelerator to start moving forward. I found that I had to apply substantial ( greater than normal) pressure to the accelerator pedal to make the car move forward. This caused great concern because of the possibility of moving forward too quickly from a dead stop and hitting the vehicle in front of me. I took the vehicle to my selling dealer the following day to have the vehicle checked out. I was advised that the car's computer did not show any defaults and that all symptoms were normal. I was further advised to stop pressing on the brake pedal so hard. However, my concern is that whenever the "hill assist" system is engaged (I can engage it at any time at will), there is a distinct possibility that the extra pressure needed to start the car moving forward will cause me to accelerate into the vehicle in front of me. I have reason to believe that this condition is computer related and presents an imminent danger to both myself and other motorists driving a similar equipped Toyota Highlander therefore, I am requesting that an investigation be commenced immediately in light of Toyota's massive recall problems. Thank you.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

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