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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,282 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.

2006 Toyota Matrix wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2006 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 152007

Matrix 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles


Abnormal tire ware on Toyota Matrix 2007 xr AWD around 16,000 mi. Bad cupping and noise Continental tires.

- Grand Rapids , MN, USA

problem #4

Mar 272008

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,400 miles
Car wears the inside tread of the tire prematurely (10% left after only 16,000 miles), revealed during the safety inspection. The wheel alignment is within the manufacturer's specification and the tires were rotated every 3,000-5,000 miles.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 132007

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,001 miles
Vehicle was taken to dealer for service to investigate a loud vibration noise coming from the tires as long as vehicle was rolling. The car has about 18,000 miles on it. All four tires were severely cupped. The dealer contacted the factory reference the tires and the factory recommended the tires be replaced. All four tires were replaced and were aligned to spec. Upon leaving the dealer service center a new tire noise was noticed. It was not the same vibration noise but a loud roar as long as the tires were rolling.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #2

Jul 192007


  • miles
2006 Toyota Matrix xr tires cupping badly after 17,000 miles. Continental tires, dealer will not address problem. Noted many similar problems with car and tire combination.

- Framingham, MA, USA

problem #1

Apr 062007

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,008 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Matrix. The contact stated that under cold conditions or if the vehicle is parked for an extended length of time the tires would create a flat spot and produce a loud road noise when driving. After the vehicle has been driven for a while the noise and the flat spot would leave. The contact called the manufacturer, but no repairs were made. The current and failure mileage were 6,008.

- Rogersville, TN, USA

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