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.

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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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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.

1998 Ford Escort transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 202005

Escort 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Consumer stated the vehicle was parked in the garage when a fire started in the left front underneath the hood. The vehicle had been driven the previous night, and had been sitting for approximately 15 hours. The fire investigator determined the cause of fire was from the power control module.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 011999


  • miles
Sensor light comes on and off intermittently. Consumer took vehicle to dealership, and mechanic fixed vehicle. Dealership mechanic replaced wiring in front of vehicle, and problem came back three months told her to ride with sensor light on. Service engine soon light on steady due to powertrain control module (PCM) failure.

- Racho Cucamonga, CA, USA

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