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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,667 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 052004

Explorer 8-cyl

  • miles


While driving the vehicle consumer states that smoke comes from the dash where the hazard light is. It gives off a unpleasant smell, and then it goes a way.

- Weimar, TX, USA

problem #2

May 092002

Explorer 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
At times my left turn signal when engaged doesnt work and at this time I notice smoke coming out of steering collumn, this has something to do with pressing the brakes, sometimes when I depress it works then goes off when pressing a second time, also display on stereo works part time only maybe one out of every ten drives.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #1

Apr 082002

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving vehicle will stall, and instrument panel would illuminate. Took vehicle to dealer, and dealer replaced instrument panel.

- Citrus Hgts, CA, USA

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