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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,838 miles

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2003 Toyota Matrix windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 252012

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 98,514 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Matrix. The contact stated that the driver side seat belt exploded and fractured into pieces. The seat belt warning lights were illuminated and could not be turned off. In addition, the power windows would open independently and could not be operated manually. The dealer was notified who diagnosed the failure as the inside cylinder of the seat belt control being defective and offered no assistance. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure and the current mileage was 98,514. Updated 09/11/12 updated 09/13/2012

- Ciales, PR, USA

problem #2

Sep 012007

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Toyota Matrix side-front power windows getting stuck and making popping noises.

- Maple Hts., OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 152007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The front passenger window developed an issue where it would become stuck and promptly make a loud pop as it became unstuck while retracting the window down. The final failure came when it made very loud pop and the window would not move after that. The Toyota dealership replaced the.

- Westerville, OH, USA

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