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Toyota Highlander Recall 09E022000

Toyota Recalls Defective Stainless Steel Exhaust Tips Sold on 2008 Highlanders

Exhaust & Emissions, May 4, 2009

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Summary:

Toyota is recalling stainless steel exhaust tips sold as accessories on 2008 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid models because they may develop cracks. These cracks may cause the clamp used to secure the tip to the exhaust pipe to break, fall off, and become a road hazard. Toyota will replace the clamps free of charge.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2008

Manufacturer's Report Date: May 4, 2009

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E022000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: EQUIPMENT

Potential Number of Units Affected: 39,100

Summary: TOYOTA IS RECALLING 39,100 STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST TIPS SOLD BY TOYOTA AS AN OPTIONAL ACCESSORY FOR USE ON MY 2008 HIGHLANDER AND HIGHLANDER HYBIRD VEHICLES. DUE TO IMPROPER HEAT TREATMENT DURING THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS, THE ORIGINAL CLAMP USED TO SECURE THE TOYOTA STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST TIP TO THE EXHAUST PIPE MAY DEVELOP MICROSCOPIC CRACKS. EVENTUALLY THE CRACK MAY EXPAND CAUSING THE CLAMP TO BREAK.

Consequence: THE ORIGINAL CLAMP AND THE TOYOTA STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST TIP MAY FALL OFF THE VEHICLE'S EXHAUST PIPE AND BECOME A ROAD HAZARD WHICH WOULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH.

Remedy: TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE CLAMP FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 4, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE CENTER AT 1 888-270-9371 MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 5:00 AM TO 6:00 PM, SATURDAY 7:00 AM THROUGH 4:00 PM PACIFIC TIME.

Notes: TOYOTA'S RECALL NO. SSC 90E.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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