2012 Toyota Highlander Steering problems, defects and reviews. Updated December 18, 2018.

Toyota Highlander Steering problems and reviews: 19.

Are you driving a 2012 Toyota HIGHLANDER, or planning to buy one? Review reported Steering problems and defects.

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Sanford, FL
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed 50

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. *tr

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 24000 miles. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in SANFORD, FL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 50 mph.

June 02, 2013

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Schererville, IN
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed 0

The Vehicle Developed A Clicking Feel In The Steering System About A Year And 9 Months From Manufacture Date. toyota Dealership Diagnosed Problem As A Failed Intermediate Steering Shaft And Recommend Indicate Replacement . I Contacted toyota As I Feel Repair Should Be Covered By Company Due To Nature Of Failure And Age Of Vehicle. They Have Not Offered Anything In Way If Assistance And Have No Recall Pending Even Though This Seems To Be A Serious Problem Across The Whole toyota Vehicle Line Up. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 51000 miles. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in SCHERERVILLE, IN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

May 21, 2014

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Vero Beach, FL
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed

Our Car Makes A Clicking Noise In The Steering Column When U Turn To The Right . It Is Very Noticeable And Loud. This Concerns Me As The Safety Of My Family Is Very Important. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 33000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDYK3EHXCS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in VERO BEACH, FL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Aug 01, 2014

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Bear, DE
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed 10

The Contact Owns A 2012 toyota highlander. While Driving At 10 Mph, An Abnormal Noise Emitted From The Front Driver Side Tire. The Vehicle Was Taken To A Dealer, Who Diagnosed That The Steering Shaft Needed To Be Replaced. The Vehicle Was Not Repaired. The Manufacturer Was Not Notified Of The Failure. The Approximate Failure Mileage Was 53,000.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 53000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDBK3EH7CS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in BEAR, DE. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 10 mph.

Jan 15, 2015

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Centerville, MA
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed 1

Klunk Sound And Feeling In Steering Wheel Started Around 48000 Mile At 51000 Told By Dealer The Intermediate Steering Shaft Needed Replacing. This Seems To Be And On Going Problem With toyota Cars

Mileage was 50000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDBK3EH0CS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in CENTERVILLE, MA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 1 mph.

Nov 05, 2015

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Portland, OR
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed 10

At 40,000 Miles I Noticed For The First Time A Clunking Noise In The Steering Column When I Turned The Steering Wheel Right Or Left While At A Slow Speed. Over The Next Few Weeks It Worsened. I Looked Up The Issue On The Internet And Found Dozen Of Similar Occurrences In This Same Model With Vehicle Owners Reporting Having To Replace The Steering Shaft. Sometimes If Left Long Enough, I Read That This Has Lead To Steering Failure. I Took The highlander To My Dealer Today Who Determined The Steering Shaft Required Replacement Which Will Cost Around $600. This To Me Is A Safety Issue Because Who Knows What Would Have Happened If I Had Let This Go. I Have Maintained This Car Exactly As Recommended In The Owners Manual. This Does Not Seem Like This Is Normal Wear And Tear. I Have Owned Over A Dozen Vehicles In The Last 40 Years And Have Never Experienced A Problem With The Steering Shaft. I Am Curious With So Many Other Occurrences Of This Safety Issue By Other Vehicle Owners Why This Hasn’t Resulted In A Recall To Repair All highlanders Of This Vintage With This Steering Shaft.

Mileage was 40000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDDK3EH6CS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in PORTLAND, OR. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 10 mph.

Feb 11, 2016

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Bradenton, FL
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed

Clunking In Steering At Slow Speed When Making Sharp Left Or Right Turns. Diagnosed As Intermediate Steering Shaft Needing Replacement. Repaired At toyota Dealership.

Mileage was 38000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDYK3EH3CS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in BRADENTON, FL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

May 05, 2016

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Northridge, CA
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed 65

Intermediate Steering Shaft 45220-48171 Had To Be Replaced. At High Rate Of Speed I Had To Brake Hard, Then The Abs Intermittently Pushed The Pads Against The Discs Creating Vibration That Was Felt At The Steering Wheel Very Noisy And Shake Like Looked Like My highlander Front Wheels Came Apart .then I Knew The Vehicle Must Be Repaired Immediately Due Safety Problem.

Mileage was 75753 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDBK3EH8CS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in NORTHRIDGE, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 65 mph.

July 06, 2016

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
College Point, NY
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed 5

Popping Noise From The Intermedia Shaft.

Mileage was 19882 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDBK3EH7CS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in COLLEGE POINT, NY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

Oct 07, 2013

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
College Point, NY
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed 5

Repeated Popping Noise From Intermedia Shaft. Star toyota Service Replaced The Intermedia Shaft Under The Warranty With Old Design Part#45220-48170 Back In Oct. 2013. The Problem Resurfaced After 3 Year, Oct. 2016. There Was A New Design From toyota, Part#45220-48171 In 2013. toyota Refused To Repair This With Warranty. toyota Issued T-sb-0034-13. This Issue Should Be A Recall As The Intermedia Shaft Could Cause The Vehicle To Loss Control.

Mileage was 19882 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDBK3EH7CS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in COLLEGE POINT, NY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

Oct 07, 2013

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Brownsburg, IN
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed 10

Wife Was In Parking Lot After School Activity. Went To Turn Car Out Of Parking Spot, Was Not Able To And Hit A Pole. Steering Wheel Turned But Wheels Did Not. Towed Vehicle To Andy Mohr toyota Avon. Advised That Rack Was Sheered. Never Seen Anything Like It The Two Years Service Writer Had Been Working There. There Was No Accident Prior That Would Of Caused Problem. Also Dealer Indicates Steering Wire Is Also Damaged. Lucky Wife Was Not On Interstate Or Other Highway, Accident Could Of Been Catastrophic.

Vehicle was involved in a crash. Mileage was 93000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDDK3EH6CS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in BROWNSBURG, IN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 10 mph.

Mar 06, 2017

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Austin, TX
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed 50

While Driving At Highway Speeds And Exiting A Highway, Approximately 50 Mph, The Steering Wheel Locked Up, Dashboard Flickered, And Engine Died. The Red Steering Wheel Warning Light Came On Briefly, But The Wheel Could Not Be Turned For Several Seconds. This Happened 3 Times In The Period Of A Few Minutes. Battery & Alternator Were Tested – No Malfunction.

Mileage was 71579 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDYK3EH1CS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in AUSTIN, TX. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 50 mph.

Mar 10, 2017

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
St. Albans, NY
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed 5

Very Shortly After Purchase It Was Immediately Noticed That There Was Difficultly Controlling The Direction Of The Vehicle On Acceleration. Later It Appeared As If There Was A High Point In The Steering. All Four Tires Were Changed At 32k Miles And Now There Is A Distinct Clunk In The Steering When Turning Or Accelerating. The Car Was Checked For Alignment When The Tires Were Changed. I Received No Report Of Suspension Or Tie Rod Problems. Clunk Became More Audible. My Research Indicates That This Is A Problem With The Intermediate Steering Shaft. toyota Should Recall And Fix The Problem. This Car Was Bought New And A Problem Was Evident Very Early. Current Mileage Less Than 33k.

Mileage was 28000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDZK3EH5CS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in ST. ALBANS, NY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

Apr 12, 2017

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Floral Park, NY
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed 20

This Vehicle Presents A High Noise Bump When Steering. The Suspension Front & Back Is Terrible, Causing Interior Rattles Front And Back.

Mileage was 15 miles. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in FLORAL PARK, NY. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 20 mph.

Mar 15, 2017

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Glendora, CA
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed

2012 toyota highlander. Consumer Writes In Regards To Intermediate Steering Shaft Failure And Horn Cable Failure. *ld The Consumer Stated There Should Be A Recall For These Failures And To Be Reimbursed. The Vehicle Was Repaired. *js

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDZK3EH2CS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in GLENDORA, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 CYLINDERS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 drive type:FWD. FUEL TYPE: GAS.

Jan 01, 2017

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Chesterfield, MO
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed

The Contact Owns A 2012 toyota highlander. While Operating The Vehicle, A Popping Noise Was Present When Turning The Steering Wheel In Either Direction. The Vehicle Was Taken To The Local Dealer (seeger toyota, 12833 Olive St, St. Louis, Mo 63141). Where It Was Diagnosed That The Steering Intermediate Shaft Needed To Be Replaced. The Vehicle Was Not Repaired. The Manufacturer Was Notified, But No Solution Was Offered. The Vin Was Invalid. The Failure Mileage Was 55,000.

Mileage was 55000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TD2A3EH1CF. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in CHESTERFIELD, MO. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Nov 01, 2017

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Aurora, OH
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed 10

Clunking When Turning The Wheel

Mileage was 70000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDBK3EH2CS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in AURORA, OH. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 10 mph.

May 05, 2018

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Murphy, TX
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed

When Driving, Steering Became Difficult While Turning. Heard A Knock Sound At Various Times. Took To Dealer And Was Told That I Needed To Have The Steering Shaft Replaced. The Cost Came To $540. The Vehicle Only Had 70,000 Miles. Based On Other Complaints I See Online, It Seems That This Is A Trend And Should Be A Recall Volunteered By toyota.

Mileage was 70023 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDYK3EH9CS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in MURPHY, TX. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Mar 22, 2018

Steering Toyota 2012
Toyota
Location
Mebane, NC
Model Highlander
System Steering
Speed 10

When Vehicle Is Being Turned, Specifically To The Right, There Is A Popping And Clunking Noise Coming From The Steering Column. When Turning The Vehicle, The Steering Wheel Began To Allow Extra Travel Play Which Almost Caused A Crash. There Is An Existing Technical Service Bulletin T-sb-0034-13 Which Outlines A Replacement Steering Intermediate Shaft.

Mileage was 46500 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5TDDK3EH4CS. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER 2012 problem was reported in MEBANE, NC. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 10 mph.

Oct 03, 2018

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