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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,543 miles

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2006 Toyota Matrix seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #8

May 182015

Matrix

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Matrix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V286000 (air bags); however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 132015

Matrix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Matrix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 15V286000 (air bags) and 10V384000 (electrical system); however, the parts needed to do the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #6

Jul 222015

Matrix

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Matrix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V286000 (air bags); however, the part needed to do the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a valid amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #5

Jul 172015

Matrix

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Matrix. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V286000 (air bags) however, the part needed to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- High Springs, FL, USA

problem #4

Feb 042014

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
Periodically this winter the air bag light would remain illuminated after starting. Often it would go away if you simply restarted the car. I attributed it to cold weather, but in light of Toyota's most recent recall (torrance, calif., April 9, 2014 " Toyota motor sales, U.S.a., Inc. Today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 1.3 million vehicles, including certain model year 2009-2010 corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2008-2010 highlander, 2009-2010 Tacoma, 2006-2008 rav4 and 2006-2010 yaris vehicles. The driver?S airbag module in the involved vehicles is attached to a spiral cable assembly with electrical connections that could become damaged when the steering wheel is turned. If this occurs, the air bag warning lamp will illuminate. In addition, the driver"S air bag could become deactivated, causing it to not deploy in the event of a crash.) I am left to wonder if the spiral cable assembly may be the issue with my 2006 Matrix.

- Moretown, VT, USA

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problem #3

Jan 182013

Matrix

  • 65,000 miles
I was idling at a complete stop waiting for the traffic light to turn when I was rear ended at 50 mph into the car in front of me and my airbag did not deploy. I have suffered many injuries to my neck and spine.

- La Quinta, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 042011

Matrix

  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Matrix. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact attempted to apply the brakes but the brakes would not respond. The contact then depressed the accelerator pedal and the pedal fell to the floorboard abnormally. The contact then struck the curb and crashed into a concrete barrier as the vehicle went airborne and crashed into a second barrier causing the wheels to fracture from the vehicle before coming to a stop. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained severe headaches as a result. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where she was advised that the vehicle could be repaired. The contact stated after the crash she received a recall notice under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V384000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- Grants Pass, OR, USA

problem #1

Sep 202007

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,450 miles
Vehicle completely stopped in a line of traffic. While waiting to move on, with my foot on the brake, the engine all of a sudden roared and the vehicle shot forward and hit the vehicle (approximately 5 to 7 feet) in front of my vehicle. The air bags did not open and the hit to the other vehicle was more like a punch. I tried to stop my forward thrust but the brakes would not hold the vehicle. Upon striking the other vehicle the engine roar stopped and everything seemingly returned to normal. Minor damage was done to both vehicles and no one was reportedly injured. The police were called to the scene and an accident report was filed. My Toyota dealer was called for assistance and advised me that they never had such an experience reported but suggested I bring the vehicle in for service.

- Denver, PA, USA

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