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:
40,000 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.

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2010 Toyota Matrix accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2010 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 182013


  • 40,000 miles


While making a sharp manuever felt a 'pop' under the driver's seat. Seat then had a slight rocking movement, as if lose from the floor (e.g. a small amount of 'play' where there should be nothing but a solid connection).. when due for inspection the vehicle was failed due to va requirements. Owner (self) determined the 'play' was between the seat proper and the sliding bracket to which it is attached. He then the partially removed plastic cover from the drivers side of the seat and tightened a large-headed screw (about 1/2 inch) with a torx head using the appropriate bit mounted in a screw-driver handle. The screw got to nearly the point of being 'tight' when it abruptly became loose again as if it was 'stripped'. it was then tightened less firmly and the vehicle was re-inspected and passed. About 2 weeks later the 'pop' sensation reoccurred and the 'play' returned. On 7/19/2015 the service manager on duty told me there was no service bulletin about seats for the 2010 Matrix, though he seemed to imply there was for some other Toyota vehicles.

- Annandale, VA, USA

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