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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,750 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 022005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles


Front brakes wear down to nothing within 15,000 miles.

- Bellevue, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 302002


  • miles
Consumer states that when applying the brakes in a sudden stop vehicle steering wheel locked up, which resulted in an accident.

- Cypress, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 092002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced problems with the brakes, there was a crash in which one person was injured, consumer no longer owns this vehicle.

- N Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 022002


  • miles
I went to stop behind a truck and my brakes did not respond. The car wouldn't stop. It was like there were no brakes.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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