Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The Toyota Matrix is the mechanical twin of the Pontiac Vibe.

Both models were a joint GM-Toyota venture, manufactured together at a NUMMI production facility in Fremont, CA. Only the heating & A/C systems are different.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,466 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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engine problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 282002

Matrix 4-cyl

  • miles


2003 Toyota Corolla matrix. Consumer states numerous accidents due to the accelerator sticking. The consumer stated due to the accidents, the axle and transmission were damaged. The consumer stated the first accident, she tried to reduce her speed on a curve, but was unable to do so and consequently hit another vehicle. The second accident, she was driving down a residential street and again she was unable to stop the vehicle when she approached a curve. The vehicle continued to accelerate, she hit a curb and the vehicle flipped over. Updated 04/16/10

- Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #1

May 042004

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,931 miles
Consumer was pulling into a parking space and the vehicle accelerated while consumer's foot was on the brakes, striking a tree on the front passenger's side. Upon impact, frontal airbags did not deploy. Consumer contacted Toyota, and it was inspected by a representative and no defects were found. Vehicle was sold for parts.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

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