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
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
167,770 miles
Total Complaints:
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2004 Toyota Matrix seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 112008

Matrix 2.2L

  • Manual transmission
  • 167,770 miles


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In August of 2008 my wife was on her way to work (With the dog) when after hitting a small pot hole the air bags suddenly deployed. The tire was found to be flat and the rim had a small crack in it. People hit pot holes everyday so it was a real mystery in how this could have happened. This is a VERY serious situation and if it where to happen on a busy street or on the highway, it could have been fatal. As the picture show, there is absolutely no body damage to the car and the only damage was a flat tire and a cracked rim.

After months of communicating with Toyota Canada their final decision was that the amount of damage to the vehicle warranted the air bags going off. this was absolutely ludicrous and in the end the car is still in the driveway. I have no problem with Toyota not compensating for the damage but I was at least hoping they would warn other 2004 Matrix owners of this dangerous situation. So, I will put it on in the hopes other Matrix owners do not suffer the same fate we did.

Thank you!

- , Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada

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