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#2870 of 2952 Front Passenger Air Bag Information
Jan 11, 2010 (11:03 am)
Here is my question:
When my 85lb daughter sits in the front passenger seat the passenger airbag indicator sometimes says 'on' and other times says 'off''. When I questioned the Toyota Service Manager at my local dealer he told me that the air bag will come on when a total of 65lbs are placed in the seat.
Ok can anyone confirm that the airbag turns on at 65lbs?
What is the actual story of the passenger airbag?
2008 Highlander Limited with almost every bell and whistle.
Also how can I get in contact with the Toyota district rep?
#2871 of 2952 Re: Front Passenger Air Bag Information [mtairyordge]
Jan 11, 2010 (11:35 am)
It's not immediately obvious to me...but why would you want your daughter sitting in the front seat anyway? How old is she?
The safest location for probably anyone, but especially for a child, is rear seat (2nd row for 3 row vehicles), middle position...which puts them farthest possible from any exterior point of the car in case of front, side or rear impact. Also reduces the risk of injury from airbags. Our son always rides in the 2nd row middle of our '09 HL unless we have other passengers or I have the seat split with half down, then the next best position is rear seat, behind the driver (in collision situations, most drivers natural instinct is to steer to keep themselves furthest from impact, resulting in impact on passenger side). Although we have 3 row seating, we rarely use and for the odd ocassion we do, i will opt for an adult to ride back there, even at the risk of comprimising comfort...
In Canada, it is recommended that children 12 and under ride in back. If my wife has her way, she'll have him riding in the back seat until he's 16 and driving! Seriously though, our son is 11, weighs about the same as your daughter and under no circumstance would I let him ride in the front seat of any vehicle at this age, height and weight. If necessary, (ie. cargo is occupied with "stuff", I would simply make other arrangements. But, that's just me...
Perhaps you have a need to put her in the front....I don't know. I would strongly recommend, if at all possible, you consider other alternatives so she can sit in 2nd row.
#2872 of 2952 Re: Front Passenger Air Bag Information [luck11]
Jan 14, 2010 (12:53 pm)
Not that I don't appreciate you mentioning it, but why do you find it necessary to lecture me on this or any other topic.
I would disagree with at least one thinng you said. The safest location for anyone is not in the 2nd row middle but not in a car at all. Since that is utterly impractical how about sticking to the topic which is the airbag system in the Toyota Highlander. If you don't have anything to add to that then don't add anything. That way I won't have to be annoyed at people like you that feel the need to interject where they are not wanted or needed.
But thanks anyway...
#2873 of 2952 Re: Front Passenger Air Bag Information [mtairyordge]
Jan 14, 2010 (2:28 pm)
I must have hit a cord!
You opened the door in your post by mentioning putting an 85 lb child in the front seat, so that became part of the topic. It's a public forum. I felt inclined to comment and did so. It was not intended as a lecture and I am sorry you feel it was. I thought my response was civil, and I certainly was not rude, although your reply certainly was. Perhaps your reaction is an indication of something else?
Frankly, if you don't like the fact that people may post comments that you will not agree with, then perhaps, on-line forums are not for you.
Anyway, to each his/her own.
#2875 of 2952 Re: Remote Engine Start [rzepa1]
Jan 26, 2010 (4:42 pm)
I received this for a Christmas present from my husband. I love it! He had spoken to a local mechanic that takes care of our Highlander for regular maintenance and he recommended getting it done at Toyota, because he says he's seen lots of problems afterwards when these are installed either by DYI or otherwise. Since he recommended only getting done at Toyota, that's what my DH did. He was told originally that it would take 4 hours to install, but it took much longer. The mechanic couldn't get the hood latch adjusted the way he wanted. The one from Toyota is a factory installed just like it was installed at the factory. . . Good luck.
#2876 of 2952 accelerator sticking
Jan 26, 2010 (4:47 pm)
I'm a bit nervous about this recall of accelerator problems. There are so many cars being recalled and I just heard that they are halting sales on some Toyota vehicles. I know the 2010 Highlanders are being recalled. Are they sure 2008's aren't involved? It just scares me. I know the 2008 was the new design. What was changed on 2010 from 2008 that might be causing this? Anybody else nervous? Have you heard anything about 2008 acc. sticking?
#2877 of 2952 Re: accelerator sticking [findme]
Jan 26, 2010 (6:01 pm)
The 2010 Highlanders are not only recalled, but Toyota suspended selling them late this afternoon (1-26-2010.) According to the story on MSNBC.COM, the list includes:
I have an '08 HL LTD 4x4 and have had no accelerator issues either with the factory carpet mats or the WeatherTech ones I use in the winter.
#2878 of 2952 Re: accelerator sticking [findme]
Jan 26, 2010 (7:17 pm)
I also have a 2008 Limited and am a little concerned with the whole issue. I think those of us who already have the car (and I love mine...I wouldn't get rid of it for anything right now!) just need to remember the common sense advice if this ever happens in any car......immediately put the car in neutral and use the brakes...that's it, that is all you have to do. Do not turn the engine off, and don't just try and stand on the brakes. This happened to one man with a Camry, and he was able to drive it all the way to the dealer this way without any damage.
#2879 of 2952 Re: accelerator sticking [thardgrave]
Jan 26, 2010 (10:05 pm)
I have had Toyotas for the last 20 years driving them well past 100K miles. I can't say that I have had any issues other than the problems I created. I still feel confident about Toyotas and am glad to see that they are taking responsibility to do the right thing.