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: Considering sales numbers and data that monitors complaints-per-make, there appears to be an unusually high number of issues with the 2012 Fiat 500. Perhaps that isn't surprising -- it is the first model year of the car, and those tend to have a higher incidence rate.

Of particular concern is the number of engine and powertrain complaints submitted to NHTSA.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,600 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.

2012 Fiat 500 accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2012 Fiat 500 Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 072015


  • 25,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. While driving at a low speed, the instrument cluster, including the lights, gauges, and meters, failed to function. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #1

Sep 262012

500 4-cyl

  • 200 miles
Dash displays two mph - one gauge and one digital. When driving at 50mph, both display 50mph. When driving any slower or faster, they do not match. When driving through a school zone, the gauge shows 20mph while the digital shows 23mph. When driving on the highway, digital will show 65mph and gauge shows 68-70. The only time the two match is when I drive a steady 50mph. Gauge shows slower when driving below 50mph and shows faster when driving about 50mph.

- Burleson, TX, USA

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