Toyota Highlander owners have reported 18 problems related to warning 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.
Air bag warning light on dashboard does not turn off in cold weather (20 degrees f, or lower). The warning will stay on even when engine and interior are warm. If the engine is turned off once warm, and then turned back on, air bag warning light turns off with all other panel lights, as it should. With cold weather, the airbag light will stay on when vehicle is stationary, or in motion, and at any speed and will only shut off if car is turned off and then restarted.
See all problems of the 2002 Toyota Highlander .
Occupant classification system, srs, zero point calibration safety issue. Owners will be reluctant to spend $130+ at the dealer for calibration. Local repair shops is not equipped to do the calibration. Must be a dealer. I spent the money. I know of others who have not. This vehicle has 49000 miles on it. The passenger seat is infrequently used. The warning lights and display went off just after someone sat in the passenger seat. Something is not right with this seat sensor system. Lots of people complaining online about the need to re-calibrate.
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The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that the srs warning light flashed randomly. The dealer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. Also, the contact was notified that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v168000 (air bags) and NHTSA campaign number: 11v245000 (air bags). The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.
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The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the spiral cable needed to be replaced; however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 111,000.
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The airbag warning light illuminate during driving.
Spiral cable failed at about 107,406 miles on my 2008 Toyota Highlander, causing airbag warning light to illuminate steady and was advised by the dealer that the airbag system wouldn't be functioning. This should have been covered by manufacturer or there should have been a recall on this. The car hasn't been in any accidents. The cost of replacement (part and labors) is $544. Toyota needs to reimburse customers for such a cost as it is of no driver's fault and obviously a common issue. There is another 2008 recall on the airbag system but didn't apply to my car.
Air bag warning light lit, took to dealer and found out spiral cable was the issue and need replaced. This is a huge safety issue which I believe should be recalled by Toyota as they already did on other models. As a loyal Toyota customer along with the rest, I would like to call upon Toyota to step up to the plate and do the right thing--recall this air bag issue. Thank you!!.
Spiral cable failed at about 72, 400 miles on my 2008 toy Highlander base model causing airbag warning light to illuminate steady and failure of airbag system creating increased risk of injury in a crash. As no driver actions, etc. Caused the failure it appears to be a manufacturing and/or design defect as also seen in other Toyota vehicles that have been recalled for similar spiral cable failure.
Spiral cable failed at about 72, 000 miles on my 2008 toy Highlander base model causing airbag warning light to illuminate steady and was told of failure of airbag system creating increased risk of injury in the event of a crash. Cause the failure appears to be a manufacturing and/or design defect as also seen in other Toyota vehicles that have been recalled for similar spiral cable failure. Sensor appears to reset when no person is seated on driver side and ignition is turned on. As soon as driver seat sensor is activated the air bags warning light is on. Problem with driver seat sensors or main module perhaps? either way it appears to be a defect not found on older Toyotas (?).
Spiral cable failed at about 78 000 miles on my 2008 Toyota Highlander base model causing airbag warning light to illuminate. I took it in to be looked at and I was told of failure of airbag system creating increased risk of injury in the event of a crash. The light randomly came on and was not caused by an accident. I am suspicious that the failure is a manufacturing and/or design defect which has also been seen in other Toyota vehicles that have been recalled for similar spiral cable failure. I was told by Toyota service that it would be over $500 to replace the cable since it is no longer under warranty. After doing a bit of research on the internet, I am not the only person who is experiencing this problem. I am hopeful that a recall can be done so that my airbag can deploy if needed. There was nothing I could have possibly done to cause damage to the spiral cable which is housed inside the steering column; therefore I believe the manufacturer should be responsible for repairing.
The passenger airbag indicator warning light came on while nobody was even in the passenger seat, while traveling on a California highway. A check of the Toyota owner's manual stated that the entire airbag system would not function if this light came on and stayed on for no reason at all. Since we live no where near a dealer, nearest dealer is 100 miles away, I let it stay that way for awhile. There was also a safety problem with defective headlights on this model, where the always on daylamps melt the front headlights and leave a visible melted bubble, that the dealer refuses to fix because they didn't manufacture the headlights and the vehicle year and mileage is out of warranty- but, we still have the vehicle- they should stand behind their product. Then, most recently, a shuffling sound from behind the instrument panel/ bezel cluster occurred and makes the weird sound for 3 or so minutes sometimes when the car is turned on. It doesn't happen every time, about every 2 times now. The sound used to make a clicking sound for only 1 minute- so, it's getting louder, and longer. We were also told by a mechanic that the suspension/rods/shocks are bad and will need replaced- that is an expensive fix.
See all problems of the 2004 Toyota Highlander .
In June of 2013 I went to mccarthy Toyota in sedalia, mo for an unrelated recall. Some work was done, but I was told to return in a week or so because an additional part had to be ordered. During this week, the red air bag warning light appeared. I had never observed this warning light before. When I returned to the dealer to complete the original recall work, I inquired about the warning light. The service manager informed me that my model Toyota sometimes had a problem with the spiral cable and I was one of the unlucky owners! he informed me that I no longer had functioning airbags, but he had the necessary parts to rectify the situation and could do it immediately. The cost was approximately $500 and was not covered by any warrantee or recall. I decided that I would have to take my chances in a vehicle that now had non-functioning airbags, since $500 was just too much money to pay. A friend recently informed me that I should file this complaint.
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Highlander. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the air bag warning light illuminated intermediately. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was advised that the spiral cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000.
Airbag warning light illuminates in freezing temps and blinks at different rates. Once the temperature warms up, upon restart the light no longer blinks. I'm not sure if this will cause a problem if I need air bag support in colder temperatures. This has happened in the past several times as well.
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.
The air back dashboard light blinks intermittently in temperatures below 20 f. Dealer says to bring in. Trouble is we need the car for hours before they open and by that time the car has warmed up, the car has been turned on and off several times during errand running. After which time, the warning light is not showing. 1-trouble is we are not assured this is just a warning light issue which means it's okay to use while light is flashing. Nor do we know if this means the air bags may be defective and not work in any conditions!? 2-the dealer claims to not be aware of this issue although a simple search of the internet shows the same issue--their answer? "we didn't find any codes when we tested it". 3-this issue showed several times while our car was covered under the platinum warranty at the time they first "tested" for problems.
Driver side airbag has to be replaced in 3 month old Toyota Highlander. Warning light did activate indicating problem. Dealership indicated until repair is done air bag shouldn't deploy inadvertently but probably won't deploy in an accident.
See all problems of the 2006 Toyota Highlander .
In very cold maine temperatures, after the vehicle has set unused all night, the airbag warning light comes on in the morning when the vehicle is started. This also happens in very warm temperatures after vehicle has set unused all night. After the vehicle has run a short while and warmed up or cooled down, the airbag signal warning goes off.
See all problems of the 2003 Toyota Highlander .