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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,557 miles

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2004 Toyota Matrix body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 222009


  • 96,557 miles


I was driving on interstate 88 at about 70 mph and at mile marker 117 the hood of my car flew open and shattered my windshield. I was stuck in the fast lane of traffic because I was in a construction zone and the shoulders were blocked off. I had nowhere to go, and it was a very scary situation. The hood latch has never failed before, and the last time I had my hood open was when I had my oil changed about two months before. I had driven on the interstate many times since then, and the hood was securely latched. I reported my damages to my insurance company, and the hood, windshield, roof and grill of my car were replaced, totaling $4,800 in damages.

- North Aurora, IL, USA

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