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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,167 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.

2001 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 042004

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The front bolt that holds the drivers' seat severed off.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #5

Jul 132004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
The consumer received a recall on the bolt under the driver's seat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the problem was repaired. Three months later the popping noise started again. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who indicated that the bolt was fine but that the lever failed. The manufacturer was notified but the refused any assistance because the lever was not part of the recall.

- York, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
While traveling 45-50 mph the driver seat collapsed backwards without any indication. Dealer was contacted and repaired seat. Two months later the seat collapsed again. The pin on the driver's seat where the seat back attached to the pivot with the seat bottom had snapped twice which caused it to collapsed backwards 6-8 inches.

- Monroe, MI, USA

problem #3

May 262002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle idles to low and causes it to cut off. Took to dealer 4 times, and they could not fix the problem. Passenger side seat would not lock, also consumer states vehicle is experiencing poor gas mileage..

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #2

Mar 112002

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Seat does not release to let back passengers out of truck. This problem is the second set of seat problems. I owned an Explorer Sport in 2000 and had the same problem with the seat. Ford is aware of the problem and is not dealing with the issue. I have small children who ride in the rear of the truck and if some thing happens to me up front, they are trapped in the back of the truck and unable to get out. Seems to be a seat mechanism problem which they refuse to address. This is actually a life/safety issue and I feel this needs to be addressed. Please contact me at your earliest convenience.

- Sinking Spring, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 152001


  • miles
When vehicle was involved in a frontal crash at a speed of approximately 70 mph seat back latch mechanism for second row of seats failed, allowing seat to move forward. Dealership has not examined vehicle for this problem. Please provide any additional information / documentation.

- Jackson, TN, USA

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