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Steering Problems of Toyota Highlander - part 1

Toyota Highlander owners have reported 50 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Highlander 1
Failure Date: 04/01/2015

I turned on my car, put it on drive when I tried to press the gas and turn the wheel to get out of the parking lot the steering wheel locked so hard I could not turn it. I pressed on the breaks but the breaks were not functioning at all as I was pressing on the break pad the check engine light came on and so did the break light on the dash board, on the big screen where it shows my info and other fancy gadgets showed "brake malfunction park car in safe zone" as the car drove forward by itself and the brakes were not working the car hit an empty parking space to come to a complete stop. I was at a school parking lot with kids everywhere around me!.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 2
Failure Date: 12/26/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the intermediate driveshaft detached form the mount due to a failed spiral cable assembly. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000. Djr.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Toyota Highlander 3
Failure Date: 10/29/2014

The 2013 Highlander was serviced in florida Monday 10/27 for 15000 miles service, today my sister was driving since service, the taction light came on ,the engine light was flashing , the Highlander was not stable driving straghtt on the road and seemed like it needs a tune up. I called the dealer and it was taken their ,first response was gas put in, yes . Was told possible the cap was not put on wright and with newer cars it could be a malfunction the computer. . Turned out that the ingition coil switch was bad on this 2013 Highlander. Which is why I'm reporting this due to recent issue with another car manufacture knowing the igination switch was bad on their automobiles.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Highlander 4
Failure Date: 08/22/2014

Started the car. Power steering was gone!! it had just gone out!!! thank god I was in town. I had just gone over mountain road where I could have gone over a cliff and been killed. I was able to take the car with horrible difficulty to a mechanic across the street and they called the Toyota dealer and they told them to disconnect the battery. That didn't work. I had the car towed to the Toyota dealer when they took the tow it seemed to be working. They checked it and was given an "all system ok" on the powertrain, chassis, electrical and network systems. They said it was a "glitch" a glitch???? this is a car I paid $34,000 for and I have kept up with all the scheduled maintenance. Now I'm afraid to drive it. It was terrifying. I have to drive home from san luis obispo to lancaster CA and I'm scared to death. A glitch????.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 5
Failure Date: 06/14/2014

We were starting off to go on vacation when warning lights came on the dashboard and information panel with hybrid system warnings and brake warnings then the car completely stopped in the middle of the road and steering was lost. We were able to get off to the side enough to prevent causing an accident however we were on a busy street. Had it towed to the local Toyota dealer and the diagnosis was a failed coil. They replaced all 3 coils saying that it would be prudent as the engine was already apart (I agree). They also said that this is a relatively common occurrence with some of the Highlander hybrids. I have the part and it looks like the top of the coil became became over heated and blew out the top plastic compound. I consider myself very lucky that this did not happen while on a highway on a rainy day where the vehicle abruptly stopping would certainly have caused me to be in an accident. This is certainly a flaw that Toyota should address for safety reasons and it makes me hesitant to want to purchase another Toyota product again.

car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Highlander 6
Failure Date: 05/10/2014

I have owned this Highlander hybrid 2006, for exactly 1 week. There were no incidents leading up to this one while owner drove vehicle that week. Owner started car on Saturday morning to get kids to soccer game and vocal class, both missed. Upon starting vehicle driver noticed p/s warning sensor light on dashboard. Then put car in reverse and realized there was no power steering in vehicle? this was the one and only light that came on. Contacted dealership who says they will contact owner on Monday.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Highlander 7
Failure Date: 04/10/2014

When steering either left or right during forward or reverse movement of the vehicle, there's a loud clunk noise.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Toyota Highlander 8
Failure Date: 03/24/2014

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Highlander. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14v168000 (steering) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experience a failure. The VIN was not available.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2002 Toyota Highlander 9
Failure Date: 03/15/2014

Driving on I-26 east bound with kids near exit 110 in columbia, SC. Car veered violently 3 lanes and took a turn facing the traffic. Lost complete control of the steering, brakes and the engine shut down abruptly. Pictures and videos with tire marks are available for analysis along with the police contact report. Engine started after several trials at which time the car was pulled away form the main lanes. All 4 tires are replaced 6-8 weeks ago with brand new tires. Front drivers side tire shows the stress of the sudden impact. A pastor couple is the eye witness to the whole event. Luckily rear traffic stopped avoiding a major accident. Our sincere wish is to prevent this happening to other families by understanding the root cause of the problem. We moved the car to the nearest Toyota car dealer and requested them to analyze the situation to avoid repeat of similar incidents to other families.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Highlander 10
Failure Date: 02/22/2014

While driving on the interstate at 70 mph, a deer hit my car. Airbags did not deploy, damaged front end, minor damage to the bumper, major damage to engine compartment and windshield was cracked why did the airbag not deploy our major oncern concern that will the airbag work after repairs??.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Highlander 11
Failure Date: 08/28/2013

When I returned from work on 08/28/2013 I noticed a leak under my vehicle. I took my car to an auto mechanic on 8/30/2023 and they informed me that the power steering line was rusted and leaking and needed to be replaced. My vehicle only has 74296 in mileage. I had the power steering line replaced for safety reasons.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2012 Toyota Highlander 12
Failure Date: 06/02/2013

Tl- the contact owns a 2012 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the rear of the vehicle began swaying. The contact was unable to control the steering wheel and crashed into a billboard. There were no injuries. A police report was not filed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 24,000. Kmj.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 13
Failure Date: 03/11/2013

I had to replace the steering shaft on this car. I was told that on the 2008 and 2013 models there was an issue. Toyota would not work with me on this expense. I feel this is a major part of the car and I could have been in danger if not fixed. Them knowing this is an issue and not doing a recall is wrong! I felt they should have taken care of this and not at my expense. I have had about 3 different recalls on the car and this just added to my worries. I am not sure what constitutes a recall but felt this was one on Toyota. Thank you.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 14
Failure Date: 11/06/2012

My steering locks when I was driving. I reported this issue before to the dealer, but they figure out that the computer has a problem after the big issue.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Highlander 15
Failure Date: 04/18/2012

I only have 7k miles in my car I own the car for only 1 year. I notice that the steering wheel is not balance at all. At least 5-10 degree to the right. I have my car service every 6 months with Toyota it should be balanced and done the tire rotation??? also the transmission occasionally stall about 1-2 second when I accelerate to 30-40 mph. I am afraid that the transmission will have problem within this 2-3 years. Like Honda transmission failure on odyssey.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Highlander 16
Failure Date: 03/10/2012

When turning to the left loud clunk noise, dealer claims it is a intermediate shaft cost to repair over 800. 00 this is not the the first complain that I see on this vehicle, and a change was made by the mfg, guess they still have problem with the design on fixing this issue. Toyota do a recall you know you are doing wrong, stand by your product and fix the cars you manufacture. . . Or I will kindly do a survey not to purchase again.

car image   Steering problem of the 2007 Toyota Highlander 17
Failure Date: 02/13/2012

At 68,000 miles, my Toyota Highlander steering has become very loose. The steering wheel play is about two inches. Dealer tells me no recalls, but, after making hundreds of thousands of these units, one bad one is bound to occur. Unfortunately, I got the bad one. Dealer admits the vehicle has been very well taken care of. It is otherwise in excellent condition. I am 73 years old and drive very carefully. No accidents or abuse of the vehicle. No tickets or accidents in 55years. Why would a vehicle I have maintained well and taken care of suddenly develop a bad steering rack? especially since Toyota claims to have excellent reliability. I do not feel this vehicle is safe. It wonders allover the road.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Toyota Highlander 18
Failure Date: 11/10/2011

I brought 2006-1007 Highlander hybrid vehicle in 2005 from the beginning I am having difficulties with the steering I told dealer multiple times, Toyota company multiple times about the steering problem. As soon as I drive above 25 mph my car pulls towards right very badly I have to apply lot of pressure on the steering to put on the road. Due to this I spent 1000s of dollars to do wheel alignment and steering check due to this I spent 1000s of dollars on my tires I have to change my tires every two years even though the manufacturer gives warranty for 6 years 65k miles.

car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Toyota Highlander 19
Failure Date: 11/04/2011

The steering angle sensor went on randomly during drving, the traction control indicator light was on, causing engine speed slow down and sluggish on road, it happened a few times. I drove slowly to the dealer, it costs over $600. 00 to fix the problem, I am very dissapointed at toy. Ota.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Highlander 20
Failure Date: 10/27/2011

Purchased my 2011 Highlander in March, & it had 7000 miles on it at the time of the incident. I started the vehicle in my driveway, put it in drive, and started down my driveway. Pressed the brake pedal, and there were no brakes and seemed not to have power steering. The lights in the dash came on, and the screen said brake malfunction contact dealer immediately. There were no brakes, I finally came to a stop at the bottom of the hill, put the car in park, and turned the ignition off. When I turned the key, the car started, the dash lights were still lit up, and I guess the computer seemed to "reset". I pulled back into my driveway & had the car towed to the dealer the next day. The dealer has had it for over two weeks, and the incident has not happened again, and they said that they cannot find a single thing wrong with it. They can, however, see that there was an "incident" with the brakes on that date by the computer reading. I have been told that I am going to be getting this car back, and that it is fine. Everyone say a prayer for myself and my 3 kids that are in it, & hope that it doesn't happen again in these mountains that I live!.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Toyota Highlander 21
Failure Date: 02/22/2011

At approximately 40-42 mph on a slight curve to the right, the steering would get very tight and the steering wheel was extremely difficult to turn in the direction of the road. ( it is as if the car was turning to the left on its own) this has happened several times and the dealer and Toyota inspected the car. The car was under case management with Toyota three times for the same problem. Case #'s [xxx], [xxx], and case [xxx]. Each time Toyota would state there is no problem and the car was "functioning as designed. " Toyota's excessive use of electronics in areas such as steering have created unsafe vehicles. Even worse, my opinion is Toyota knows they have another safety issue and once again is denying and covering it up. Toyota can no longer be trusted! information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Toyota Highlander 22
Failure Date: 11/01/2010

The contact owns a 2010 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that when driving in excess of 50 mph, the vehicle would uncontrollably drift from side to side. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told that the failure was due to the electronic power steering. The contact was also told there was no option to have the vehicle repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 1,000 and the current mileage was 5,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Highlander 23
Failure Date: 09/15/2010

Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Highlander. Defect: the turn signal switch (the device that turns off the signal after a turn is completed) has failed in our vehicle. We are told by a local dealer that Toyota's turn signal switches fail at a very high rate. This component should never fail over the life of the vehicle. Given the high incidence of failures, Toyota's design is clearly defective. Hazard: if the driver forgets to manually turn the signal off, other drivers are given a false signal and likely to misinterpret the driver's intent. This could lead to a serious accident. Repair: Toyota's charge for repairing the defective turn signal switch is excessively high -- approximately $450. Consequently, many drivers are forced to accept and live with the problem, resulting in an unsafe condition. Remedy: Toyota should be required to either recall and replace the defective turn signal switches or repair them at no cost to the customer.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Toyota Highlander 24
Failure Date: 07/17/2010

Toyota Highlander 2005 - 4 cyl driving in the rain, over puddles of water that create a splash up to about 3/4 the height of the tire (passenger side), will cause the discharge warning light to come on and cause loss of power steering (hard to turn). Suddenly, the warning light will go off and power steering will return. This is my wife's vehicle and I just noticed this issue recently while driving in heavy rain. The fault is repeatable as I noticed it for a second time today, and I managed to have it repeat the failure every time. This failure can cause a serious accident. In a rainstorm it will be typical to create a splash when turning into another street, as it is common for water to pond at the turn. Loss of power steering will cause the driver to turn the wheel harder, and when the power steering returns, then the vehicle will likely oversteer and spin out or hit anything on the direction that it is oversteered into. This incident actually occurred in two separate occasions when I was turning in the rain. The first was inadvertent and at a higher speed since it was the first time that happened when I was driving (a few weeks ago). The second time occurred today. After the incident I tried to recreate the failure, this time since I was expecting it, I did so more slowly but with the same result that will likely cause an accident. I have not taken the vehicle to the vehicle yet since I have just noticed the problem. However, we have and have had a significant amount of vehicles of different makes, and none have had this problem with splashing water causing what is probably a short and loss of power steering. After driving into the garage, I open the hood and look from the top, from the top everything seems to be dry. The other vehicles have been driven through larger splashes, without this problem.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 25
Failure Date: 03/18/2010

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the contact heard a knocking sound in the steering wheel and the vehicle began to shake abnormally. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and a repair was made however, the contact was unaware of the nature of the repair. After leaving the dealer the vehicle began to shake again. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer at least three times who then advised that they were unsure of what was causing the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 21,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.