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19" FACTORY TOYO TIRES SHREDDING

The factory 19" TOYO tires on our new 2008 Ltd Highlander (6378 miles) are shredding on the vehicle. No abnormal road conditions during the 3-mile commute to work. Stumped Toyota dealership this morning during scheduled rotation. Local tire store reports another resident 2008 Highlander owner experiencing exact same issue 4 days prior with factory 19" TOYO tires (20,000 mile rated style) and that TOYO had exclusive contract with Toyota to supply tires for '08 Highlander = NO OTHER MFR 19" TIRE AS REPLACEMENT OPTION. Need to know if anyone else has experienced this issue on their 2008 Highlanders or what, if any, options I have.

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  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2008

    I have the same problem and replaced with bridgestone, I have seen the same issue with my tundra as well as highlander.  The dealer is supposedly looking to get me a credit.  

  • DH2008 Dec 18, 2008

    I have the same problem. There are 22K miles on my car already. Has Toyota announced anything yet? Thanks

  • brendatekin Jan 07, 2009

    Although not shredding, our 19" factory TOYO tires on our 2008 TOYO Highlander with 30K miles have worn so bad that we must now replace tires. This seems extremely low mileage to have to replace. Certainly sounds like defective materials.



    Tekin Family

    Stuarts Draft, VA

  • bald tire Jan 08, 2009

    Mine aren't shredding but are worn dangerously low at about 20k miles. I called the dealership and they said they only expect the tires to last about 20k. They will happily replace them for $303 per tire. It's very difficult to find tires for this vehicle. The dealer gave me the number to Toyota Customer Experience 800-331-4331 and suggested that I register my complaint.

  • brendatekin May 11, 2010

    Clarification with comment in response to "toytech5."

    The tire manual for the 19" Toyo Open Country tires that came with our 2008 Toyota Highlander Sport provides a warranty for 5 years with no mileage specified. However, in talking with our TOYO dealership, the technician claims high-performance tires like the Toyo 19" Open Country typically do not carry a mileage warranty because they are prone to quicker wear. The tech did state that with "normal" driving conditions (limited off-road) and keeping proper tire pressure and performing regular tire rotations, we could expect 35,000 to 40,000 miles, NOT 20,000. I checked with a second TOYO dealership and they basically said the same thing, except to lower mileage expectation to 32-36K.



    After doing considerable research, we have decided to go the initial expense to replace the 19" wheels with 17" that opens up to wide range of far more superior tire options. We're going with the Michelin Cross Terrain SUV.



    Tekin Family

    Stuarts Draft, VA

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Toyo®, Exclusive Tire of 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Limited Grade
September 20, 2007– CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corporation announced today that the Toyo® Open Country® A20 is the exclusive tire of Toyota’s all-new 2008 Highlander Hybrid, Limited grade. In addition, the Open Country® A20 is original equipment on several other models of the 2008 Toyota Highlander, both hybrid and gas.

The Open Country A20 achieved exceptional low rolling resistance performance making it ideal for the hybrid model. The tires were also specifically designed to reduce noise and improve both wet and dry braking for added safety.

Based on the model and trim level of the Highlander, the Open Country A20 comes in two sizes: P245/65R17 105S and P245/55R19 103S.

Toyo manufactures and distributes a complete line of replacement tires for high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks, buses and off-road and construction applications.


I'm surprised if it's so good at braking that it has not ripped my entire tire tread off as technicians say the treat is separating well before its time!

Posted on Aug 09, 2009

  • febrile Aug 14, 2009

    Well, several days ago I approached Toyo with my A20 concerns, being worn too quickly, requiring multiple patches to prevent air leaks & generally lacking overall quality. They, of course, knew about national A20 complaints without shock, argument, or trivial knit-picking. The Toyo contact I dealt with interacted with tact & diplomacy in addressing my concerns. She simply asked me to go to local Toyo tire shop distributor to have tires assessed. I never needed to speak with her again. Form that point on the tire service tech consulted with Toyo arranging a lean-yet-greatly-appreciated deduction from the cost of upgrading to the new Toyo Open Country H/T. The discount at least made it a mildly favorable option when compared to at least one other tire shop. I am pleased with the tires so far, what little I know about them is empowering & fosters appreciation. They look sharp, tough & durable & have 60,000 mile warranty. Everyone who told me my A20 tires were shot & dearly needed replacing advised that they were surprised because Toyo usually wore pretty well, per their extensive experience with tires. So, I am confident these tires will serve my needs. Toyo personnel were polite & non-argumentative, so I will give them another deserving chance to win my approval. I would have chosen Michellin tires if Costco had 19"-availability, but you all know how that is right now for the 19". I'm not a Nascar racer & do try not to take my hybrid roughhousing so I usually get good tire performance with little encouragement. It took all my encouragement to coax 25,000 miles out of my stock A20's, but I guess I had much better luck than many, other than the leaks. I had to patch nearly six tires through their ownership, fully-replacing one that would not patch. All tires were balder than Kojack, but for the recently replaced 2008 A20 that I have as my current spare. I could not really afford to replace any tires right now, let alone one that still was drivable. I feel much better having the new tires though (still) after Toyo discount, I was out more money than I can afford right now, maybe Toyo will send me a bonus for this good publicity I am posting on site. Either way, it is still a better day today than it was yesterday & my ride is cruising smooth, feels great & hugs the road with new passion. What is it the cute little signs often say, "God-bless this mess!


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ToyTech5 bite my left testie, quit whining you say. FU, I bought the Limited (top-shelf) option cause it usually has the best stuff. If folks can barely squeeze 20000 miles out of a tire then it should not be picked it for such high-profile Highlander! That type of shoddy outfitting exposes customers to constant tire-repair issues & unsafe performance. But hey, don't worry we'll probably all die, via death on the highway, so you will only have a few of us around to complain. Consequently, who will be left to by future Toyota's? Damn ToyTech5 you need to take some classes in customer relations you seem to be the whiny one! Democracy, majority rules. What do you think the majority are saying about the shoddy tires our intellectual mediator?

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The solution is to set the camber to negative 1 degree on the passenger side, and negative 0.5 degree on the driver's side of the car. This reduces the wear on the outer side of the tires. Has been noted as successful in the Australian Toyota Owners website. Hope this helps! OzKluger

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For anybody who does not understand that the first thing you do with a new vehicle is to change the tires to good ones I have no sympathy for whatever probs you got by not doing it. Wake up and smell the coffee! All car companies use cheap tires as a way to reduce price and be more competitive. You just didn't do your homework on the tires before you got probs from them. It's your fault for not being aware on several fronts.

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YOU PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS. THE TIRE IS ONLY RATED FOR 20,000 MI. IF YOU GOT OVER THAT YOU GOT A BONUS. QUIT WHINING ! THERE MAY BE A PROBLEM WITHE THE TOYO IF THERE IS I ASSURE YOU TOYOTA WILL ADRESS THE SHREDDING ISSUE AND CHANGE BRANDS. YOYOTA DOES NOT MAKE THE TIRE THEMSELVES. BUT FOR THE PEOPLE CLAIMING THEY ONLY GOT 22,000 OR 30,000 MILES OUT OF THERE 20,000 MI. TIRES, ******* ! YOU BOUGHT A CAR WITH LOW PROFILE TIRES YOU HAVE TO PAY TO BE PRETTY.

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  • Kathy Oct 08, 2011

    I have a 2009 Toyota Highlander with 22,800 miles and the tires are shredding and I need to get new ones. I am going to talk to the dealership about any kind of refund, has anyone had any luck getting anything back on this issue?

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