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 Focus 2.0L SOHC engine has a defect where the intake valve seat fails. The valve then falls into the cylinder, destroying the engine & most owner relationships with Ford in the process.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,500 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 Focus accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 312012


  • 135,000 miles


The design of the cup holders in the front seat, with the big opening on the sides, is a major flaw. While making a turn, whether sharp or normal, a drink can easily tip out of the cup holder, and fall onto the ground of the car. When I made a right turn, my normal sized water bottle flew out of the cup holder, due to the opening, and started rolling around on the ground. Had I not picked up the bottle, or noticed it flew out, it could have easily become lodged between the brake and / or gad pedals and caused a major accident.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 072012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Ignition key will not turn - car will not start.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

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