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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,417 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.

2007 Toyota Matrix seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2007 Toyota Matrix Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 022008


  • miles


Initially the car would fail to accelerate when the gas pedal was pressed down. Even when the gas pedal was pressed down completely the car only went 5 miles per hour. This happened on several occassions. When the car was taken to the dealer the whole "panel board" was replaced. The car was still under warranty and the repair was paid for by Toyota. Then on 2/2/08 the car accelerated on its own, only stopping when it hit a chain link fence. An insurance claim and police report were filed. Additionally the horn was not working and the air bag did not deploy in the accident. The serviceman at the Toyota dealer advised the air bag was defective and Toyota paid for the repair of the airbag. This accident caused my insurance rate to increase. Also the accident negatively impacts my son's driving record as he was the driver.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 302009


  • 43,250 miles
Was driving 45 mph on the highway and rear-ended a truck. My airbag did not deploy and resulted in a badly sprained shoulder and other contusions. I am in a great deal of pain and cannot work yet. I have missed 3 days of work and cannot return for at least another 4. this cost me pain, inconvenience, and income.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 132007

Matrix 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Matrix. While driving 5 mph, the air bag failed to deploy during a front end collision. The dealer stated that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle's air bags. A police report was filed. The current mileage is 5,000 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Austin, TX, USA

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