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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,535 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.

2009 Toyota Matrix accessories - interior problems

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2009 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 262008


  • 6,535 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Matrix. While idling at a stop light, the contact's vehicle was rear-ended. A police report was filed. There was a steel plate on the lower portion of the driver's seat, which is a new design on the 2009 Toyota Matrix models (active headrest). As a result, the contact sustained injuries to his lower back, a herniated disc, and other major injuries as a result of the impact to his body. The manufacturer would not assist and the vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 6,535 and current mileage was less than 12,111. Updated 03/17/09. Updated 03/17/09.

- Vincennes, IN, USA

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