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:
21,516 miles

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2005 Toyota Matrix seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 012007


  • miles


The rear seat passenger-side and driver-side restraints are poorly designed and as such, they do not provide any lateral security near the doors for small passengers. My six year old daughter of average size usually falls below the shoulder restraint when she falls asleep. When she awakes and lifts her torso, the shoulder restraint often ends up behind her torso! this renders the shoulder restraint completely ineffective in preventing injury to the upper torso or head in any significant collision. Her head ends up resting on the door and this is potentially deadly in a side-impact crash.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012005

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,031 miles
Both rear seat belts lock up when in use. The individual sitting at either seat using the belt is unable to move due to a locked belt. You can not lean or move forward or in any direction. You must release the belt latch in order to be able to move or lean forward.

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

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