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Warning Light On Problems of Toyota Highlander



Toyota Highlander owners have reported 11 problems related to warning light on (under the air bag category).

car image   Warning Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 1
Failure Date: 12/07/2013

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.

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car image   Warning Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 2
Failure Date: 11/13/2013

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!!.

car image   Warning Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 3
Failure Date: 10/14/2013

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.

car image   Warning Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 4
Failure Date: 09/17/2013

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 (?).

car image   Warning Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 5
Failure Date: 08/30/2013

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.

car image   Warning Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 6
Failure Date: 06/05/2013

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.


car image   Warning Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 7
Failure Date: 05/01/2013

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.

car image   Warning Light On problem of the 2002 Toyota Highlander 8
Failure Date: 02/09/2010

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.

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car image   Warning Light On problem of the 2008 Toyota Highlander 9
Failure Date: 01/30/2009

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.

car image   Warning Light On problem of the 2002 Toyota Highlander 10
Failure Date: 06/15/2006

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.

car image   Warning Light On problem of the 2006 Toyota Highlander 11
Failure Date: 02/18/2006

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.

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