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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,308 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.

2005 Toyota Matrix brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 142010


  • 54,915 miles


2005 Toyota Matrix, when brakes are applied for panic stop while air conditioner running, car will not stop quickly and rolls into objects. This is second accident with the vehicle doing this.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #1

Feb 192009


  • 29,700 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Matrix xr. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated and the brake pedal extended to the floor. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they replaced the rotors and the pads numerous times; however, they have continued to fail. The brakes do not function properly in cold weather. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times and they were unable to diagnose or duplicate the failure. The Toyota manufacturer was never called. The failure mileage was 29,700.

- Camp Dennison, OH, USA

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