Bizarre situation: I have a 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The vehicle has been great until a short while ago when it started to get check engine lights coming on. In September far from home this…
Bizarre situation: I have a 2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The vehicle has been great until a short while ago when it started to get check engine lights coming on. In September far from home this happened and I had to have it towed to my dealer here in Toronto. They diagnosed it and it cost me $260 to replace a fuse apparently. A few days ago it threw another code and this time I was armed with my own OBDII scanner and I got a code and went to the internet to check it out. Eventually I came to a Toyota Service Bulletin where the electrics of the car are destroyed by an aftermarket windshield. Sounds crazy but true, the windshield has a connector that connects to a heater and apparently the connector on the aftermarket unit allows water to enter go down into the engine room harness and corrodes all the connectors. In order to repair the car the engine room harness needs to be replaced along with the inverter coolant pump, a whole lot of connectors, ECM and then Toyota recommends replacing the windshield with an OEM one. Just the parts cost is staggering, I calculate over $15000.00 then to add the labor. Here is the recall: NHTSA Campaign Number: 18E107 Manufacturer Fujian Wanda Automobile Glass Industry C Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, VISIBILITY Potential Number of Units Affected 8,202
After many calls I ended up calling the installers of the first aftermarket windshield and they said they had a recall and I should have been contacted but I never was. They said that I was contacted by a mail which I did not receive. In any case they apparently fixed the issue but my car fell into the cracks.
At the moment they have rented me a car and sent my car to my Toyota dealer for repair.
I am worried that they will only the repair parts to get the car going and down the line I am going to have issues.
My advise to any Toyota Highlander owners, go check the passenger lower side of your windshield and see if it says Fuyao and if it does take a picture and see if it is affected. I would also open up the plastic parts that house the windshield wiper motor and mechanics and seal up the part with rescue tape or other sealing method.
My question: How do I handle this situation? My car has literally been destroyed by an aftermarket windshield