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:
55,000 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.

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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 112014

Matrix 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


I was stopped in heavy traffic at about 8am on Sept 11, 2014. The car in front of me moved forward so I took my foot off the brake to let my car coast forward. I braked to stop the vehicle and instead of braking, the car accelerated. Instantly thinking I touched the wrong pedal or that the pedal was stuck, I looked down (scrunching toward my right shoulder) to ensure I was pressing firmly on the brake pedal. I braked again and the car shot forward again hitting the car in front of me. I injured my right shoulder trying to prevent the crash, suffered whiplash from the incident and am still hurting today. I am still waiting for the manufacturer to respond to my complaint and review the black box for my vehicle, which is currently housed by my insurance company and may be totaled as a result of this accident.

- Tustin, CA, USA

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