Air Bag Light On Problems of Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander owners have reported 23 problems related to air bag light on (under the air bag category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Highlander based on all problems reported for the Highlander.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 1
Failure Date: 04/06/2017

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the air bag sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11v245000 (air bags). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 47,000.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2009 Toyota Highlander 2
Failure Date: 02/23/2017

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that the air bag indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 154,000.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 3
Failure Date: 10/03/2016

Takata recall my car was involved in the initial recall, Toyota replaced the airbag in September 2015. In October 2016 my airbag light came on again and it was diagnosed to be the same issue I had before - airbag issue. Toyota refuses to fix the car again stating they only have a one year warranty on warranty work which this issue is just out of that period. I have tried to reach a manager at the Toyota warranty center numerous times but have been unsuccessful.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2010 Toyota Highlander 4
Failure Date: 10/01/2016

Front passenger airbag sensor is defective. Front passenger airbag light displays "off" on the dash and on the driver's display panel. Airbag won't deploy in the event of an accident (because the front passenger airbag sensor isn't working). Even while an adult is seated in the front passenger seat, the airbag sensor stays illuminated in the "off" position. It popped up last year and no accidents or any other vehicle issues have occurred during that time period.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2010 Toyota Highlander 5
Failure Date: 01/11/2016

Air bag lights comes on and off at different times of the day when operating my vehicle.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 6
Failure Date: 04/30/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started the air bag warning indicator was constantly illuminated. The failure recurred each time the vehicle was started. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was diagnosed that the spiral cable assembly was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v168000 (air bags). The approximate failure mileage was 139,000.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 7
Failure Date: 02/27/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated while driving various speeds the srs warning indicator remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who noticed that the srs air bag spiral cable was faulty. The technician stated that the defect could suspend the air bag deployment during a crash. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 8
Failure Date: 12/11/2013

The spiral cable in the steering wheel has caused the airbag light to come on, which means the airbags will not operate in the event of a crash. Also the horn and cruse control will not operate. These items are all associated with the spiral cable. Toyota customer service said they know of the spiral cable problem but do not have a fix for it now.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2001 Toyota Highlander 9
Failure Date: 12/01/2013

Anytime car is kept outside in temperature below freezing, the airbag light illuminates and stays on after car is started. It continues to stay on until temperature warms up and car is subsequently restarted. There are reports of a TSB on this known problem stating the airbag is non-operable while light flashes, but Toyota has not issued a recall or is willing to repair under warranty. Note: this is a safety drive ability issue that should be treated as a recall.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 10
Failure Date: 09/22/2013

Air bag indicator light just came on at 110,000 miles, no accident, in the garage. . Took it to dealer and they are asking to replace spiral cable assembly in driver airbag at a cost of $663 and explained there was no recall on my vehicle. I called Toyota and discussed the issue. . . I also found out that tacoma's had the same issue as well, interesting though, that my 08 Highlander had same problem. Toyota confirmed my understandings as well. I searched internet and several other Highlanders (almost identical vins) have faced the same issue. I think Highlanders needs to be investigated for the similar issues which tacoma's faced. . This is a serious issue and needs to be given some attention. . Read more...

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 11
Failure Date: 07/27/2013

Air bag indicator light just came on at 73,000 miles, no accident. Took it to dealer and they replaced the spirol cable assembly in driver airbag at a cost of $500 and explained there was no recall on my vehicle. I called Toyota and they told me this only affected tacoma's, interesting though, that my 08 Highlander had same problem.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 12
Failure Date: 06/24/2013

Air bags the spiral cable went bad causing the air bag light to come on making the airbags inoperable. Took to dealership and cost was $560 to repair with parts and labor. View details.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 13
Failure Date: 06/03/2013

Air bag light illuminated, and continued to stay on over several days. Took the car to the dealer, and the spiral cable was determined to be malfunctioning. Cost of repair was about $500.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 14
Failure Date: 05/27/2013

While driving, the air bag light came on and stayed on. After taking it to a Toyota dealer, it was diagnosed as a spiral cable assembly malfunction. This issue has been the subject of recall for 2008 tacomas, camrys and venzas, but not the Highlander. It is a $450 expense. It seems to me if Toyota has recalled the part on other models in the same year, it should consider recalling it for the Highlander. Looking at the recent complaints filed on this website, I see that I am not the only one to experience this issue.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 15
Failure Date: 05/15/2013

The airbag light came on. I took it into a dealer, and was told the spiral cable needed to be replaced (at a cost of $419 parts and labor) and that it is not covered under any recalls. Upon research, I learned that there is a recall for tacomas, camrys, and venzas for this exact same problem with the spiral cable. Further, I found numerous claims of the same problem for the 2008 Highlander. I contacted the Toyota customer experience center, and they confirmed that there is no recall and that I would need to retain any documentation for reimbursement under any future recalls for this issue. Obviously I need to have the spiral cable replaced, because I was told by the Toyota dealer that the entire airbag system is inoperable. My hope is that there will be a recall for the Highlander, and that it is already being considered.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 16
Failure Date: 05/06/2013

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph when the air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and an authorized dealer, who both stated that the air bag spiral cable would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 17
Failure Date: 04/02/2013

The airbag light came on approximately in April 2013. The light stays on all the time. I brought it to elk grove Toyota. The inspected the light for $120. This was for inspection only. They said the car needs a airbag spiral cable. They estimated $460 total to replace this wire. The car has not been in an accident. The light came on at 65000-67000 miles. Will Toyota recall this part or reimburse customers. There is another 2008 Toyota Highlander airbag recall but it did not apply to my car. I looked up my VIN. For this recall.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 18
Failure Date: 11/11/2012

I was driving my 2008 Highlander on November 11, 2012 and the airbag light came on. The following day I went online to see if there was a recall on the Toyota website. There was a recall for the airbag light for the side curtain air bag system. I took my vehicle to my Toyota dealer to have the recall work done on November 14. The airbag light was still on after the recall work. I left them the vehicle so they could do further diagnostics. They said the squib circuit on the spiral cable for the airbag system on the steering column had a short in it. Toyota part number 84306-22010. It was not part of the recall. The dealership told me that if a repair was not done there was a good chance that the airbag system would not work in an accident. The dealership said the airbag light would light up intermittently if I didn't repair it and that they were pretty sure the airbag wouldn't go off on its own. My choice was fix it or park it. I had them do the repair, $276. 63 for the spiral cable and $150. 00 for the labor, $443. 22 total with sales tax. I have over 122,000 miles on my vehicle and the dealership has been performing the maintenance on the vehicle. I have two other vehicles (not Toyota) and neither has ever had an airbag system problem and each one has over 100,000 miles. The wiring for the airbag system should never go bad. Please have someone look into this problem.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2010 Toyota Highlander 19
Failure Date: 11/01/2012

The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, the air bag warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where it was diagnosed that the passenger side air bag module was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 20
Failure Date: 08/29/2012

The spiral cable went bad causing the air bag light to come on making the airbags inoperable.

car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2007 Toyota Highlander 21
Failure Date: 10/13/2011

Tl- the contact owns a 206 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that he was sitting in the front passenger and the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the computer read the the vehicle was in a crash. The dealer reset the air bag and the light went out. The failure recurred several times later. The dealer replaced the ecu but that did not fix the problem. The dealer also stated that there was weight limit on the seat that caused this failure to happen. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they stated that the vehicle was built like that. The failure mileage was 70,000. Ap.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2006 Toyota Highlander 22
Failure Date: 03/21/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that the passengers side air bag malfunctioned. The air bag light was not illuminated when there was a passenger in the seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated the signal was broken. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

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car image   Air Bag Light On problem of the 2001 Toyota Highlander 23
Failure Date: 12/18/2010

When 2001 Toyota Highlander is started when cold, below 30 degrees f, air bag light blinks until 1) car warms up 2) car is restarted. I have been told by dealer that when light is blinking, air bags are inoperable. Ordinarily this car is kept in a garage so it is not very often started when below 30 f. I believe this problem has been with the car since new. I believe this problem is on many other Toyota Highlanders of this era because a google search for "Toyota Highlander air bag light blinks cold weather" brings up discussions of people talking about this problem for the first generation Highlanders 2001 - 2007.


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