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: How can we give the 2001 model year a "seal of pretty good" when it has some problems with a slipping transmission and a known problem with the speed activation control switch? Because it's not the 2002. That's how.


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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.

2001 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 042002

(reported on)


  • miles


Consumer called complaining about having problems with the heather and radio panel. Also stated that while the vehicle she notice that the panel where the radio is was extremily hot to the point where she tought that it could initiate a fire. Dealer was not contacted at the time of this call.

- Sikeston, MO, USA

problem #2

Mar 252002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
An electrical short in wiring of radio had caused a fire under the dash while parked. Dealer and manufacturer were notified.

- Hampton, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 132000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Entire brake system went out in December 2000. Dealer replaced ABS and other brake parts. Brakes went out again on January 30, at dealer at this time. Also, consumer had to have seals on headlights and trim of vehicle replaced. There was a popping sound from radio.

- Burbank, IL, USA

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