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:
19,648 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2012 Fiat 500 Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 032016


  • 47,700 miles


Rear wheel bearing failure: At 47,700 miles and 4 years 4 months after purchase of my 2012 Fiat 500 (4 months past warranty), the right rear wheel bearing has failed and the left rear wheel bearing is failing. Normally oem wheel bearings should last over 100,000 miles. In my 50 years driving, I have never had a vehicle in which the wheel bearings failed at such a low mileage.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 302015


  • miles
Dealer refuse to change a defective tire (gouge) in side wall. I did not take possession of car at the time of purchase, due to after hours. Following day service manager called me saying it was cosmetic and that it meets NHTSA standards. I could stick my finger into the hole and feel the tire cord. Looked at car initially with poor lighting. Noticed this defect just prior to driving off where there was better lighting.

- South Gate, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012014

500 4-cyl

  • 22,890 miles
Car falls front and drops on a parking lot. I was manuvering to park and the car fall because the tire, shock, transaxle, ball joint fall off. This results in damage in the body and I have photos of the car at the site on my work. No pothole, no crash, just falls and breaking apart...updated 12/02/14 updated 12/22/2015

- Lares, PR, USA

problem #1

Nov 142012


  • 8,000 miles
I had to replace 10 hub caps from 2012 - 2014(86,000). The plastic that hold the ring on the hub cab keep breaking with just a small bump. I have bought 4. Fiat has replaced 6 so far on my car and have lost now 3 more and has been on back order for 7 months now. Fiat said they will replace them after 4 months of griping. Now my wife has a 2013 model and she doesn't put as may miles as I do and she is having the same problems. 15" steal rims with hub caps. I have 40 yr as a Ford mechanic and has work as an service rep. This co. Has no one that you can talk to one on one and get any answers. All done on phone. I have asked to have someone call but only customer service. If you look on the web alot of customers have the same problem and can't get the hub caps to many on back order. Just at my dealer there is over 60 orders for the part. Right now I have only 1 hub cap on my car and looks bad.

- Hurst, TX, USA

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