Toyota Recalls 2008 Highlander, Highlander HV
"Due to improper heat treatment, the original clamp used to secure the stainless steel exhaust tip to the exhaust pipe may develop microscopic cracks. If this occurs, the crack may expand causing the clamp to break and in the worst case the exhaust tip may fall off," the company explained the subject of the recall.
No other Toyota or Lexus models are involved in this recall, the company said, with first cars to be inspected in authorized service centers in early May.
"Toyota will inform owners of the involved vehicles with a Safety Recall notification via first-class mail beginning in early May. The notification will include inspection instructions for owners to determine if their vehicle is equipped with this accessory. Affected owners are requested to contact their local Toyota dealer for inspection and repair," it added.
The second-generation Toyota Highlander was officially unveiled at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show and is currently produced in Japan for all global markets. The Japanese automaker also planned to build the model year 2011 in Blue Springs, Mississippi for the North American market but, due to the current economic situation, the upcoming model will be rolled off the lines of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana in Princeton, Indiana.