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: The 2002 Ford Explorer is hands-down our worst vehicle on record. "Avoid like the plague" is putting it lightly.

The 2002-2005 Explorer has a very well-established record of expensive transmission failure at under 100k miles. The Explorer has an enclosed transmission which is typically replaced with a rebuilt transmission at a cost of almost $3,000.

Another common problem for the 2002-2003 Explorer is wheel bearing failure at around 90k miles, with a typical repair bill of $500 to $1000 depending on how many wheel bearings failed.

Adding insult to injury, the 2002-2005 Explorer also has a massive problem with the rear panel cracking. While it's a minor annoyance compared to transmission failure, ironically the crack usually goes right through the Ford logo.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
28 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
29 / 1
Average Mileage:
75,678 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.

2002 Ford Explorer seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2002 Ford Explorer:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2002 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #5

Oct 092002


  • miles


My truck rolled at 35 mph 2 times and did a 180 the airbags never went off. Causing me to suffer injuries to my head chest and legs.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 042002


  • miles
Car was on a family trip when ABS light came on for no reason. Dealership can not get the light back on. Car was started in the morning and air bag light flashed and then stayed on and the dealership said it was due to a short. Day after it was in the shop for the air bag light the car would not start. Would not turn over. It will be in the shop again. For the third time in 6 months.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 202002

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Severe frontal damage. Vehicle total loss. Why did air bags ot deploy"?"

- Rio Verde, AZ, USA

problem #2

Apr 302002


  • miles
Consumer states that while traveling at 40 mph, consumer hit another vehicle that failed to stop at a light. Consumer states none of the vehicles airbags deployed.8jb

- Manistee, MI, USA

problem #1

May 112001

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag warning light remains illuminated, indicating a malfunction. Dealer states that air bag module is defective.

- Roslyn Heights, NY, USA

Not what you are looking for?