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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,094 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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2012 Fiat 500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2012 Fiat 500 Owner Comments

problem #2

May 092012

500 4-cyl

  • 9,089 miles


Locking mechanism on driver's side seat belt failed. Buckle popped open and cannot be locked. Must use passenger side locking mechanism in order to protect driver. If two passengers are in the front seat, only one can be protected due to this failure. Locking mechanism appears to be jammed or locked up and will not "click" when seat belt tongue is inserted per factory specifications. This is a dangerous defect and manufacturer states cannot fix until "parts are available", estimated November 2014.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #1

Mar 222013


  • 9,100 miles
A vehicle in the right lane made a U-turn, crossing the left lane causing the Fiat to T-bone the vehicle making the U-turn. The seat belt did not restrain the Fiat driver and the driver contacted the steering wheel with enough force to cause a significant compression injury to the sternum. The driver was transported by ems to a hospital. The vehicle could not be driven and suffered nearly $13,000 damage. Earlier in the drive, the Fiat 500 driver had to rock forward at an on-ramp to release the seat belt in order to view approaching traffic via the left outside mirror. Apparently, the seat belt does not or did not reengage after this movement leaving it free and the driver unrestrained. Air bags did not deploy.

- Aliquippa, PA, USA

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