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:
83,324 miles

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2009 Toyota Matrix body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2009 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 302014

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 109,648 miles


The paint on my matrix is bubbling and peeling, now my car is rusting. I live in Florida, so no salt issues, this should not be happening to a 5 year old car. Reading online that this is a major problem with Toyota's that are built in the usa and with silver paint. My car is metallic dark silver. This should be a recall.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 022013


  • 57,000 miles
I was involved in an accident where a driver T-boned my vehicle on the drivers side, the drivers side door took the worst damage along with the roof molding, fender and quarter panel, state farm declared the car a total. I called Toyota and open a case because the air bag sensor number 3 in the owners manual in the drivers side door did not deploy, I sent Toyota 12 pictures with the damage and the door was the worse, the rep assigned to my case was in complete denial and said that sensor would not have deployed the airbag even if I were killed! he just washed his hands with my case and ran me around about the door sensor and why is it there if it doesn't work is my question. Should I seek legal council or just let Toyota off the hook? don't think its fair to us consumers.

- Blue Island, IL, USA

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