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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,500 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 exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 102006


  • miles


Exhaust gas return (egr) line failed at exhaust manifold mounting flang. This failure allows carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide to seep into the passenger compartment of the Focus. Co poising can cause: 1)death a) the driver of the Ford Focus passes out and dies in a crash B) the driver of the Ford Focus dies from co poising 2)organ failure it is interesting to note that you can't attach a photomicrograph's to this complaint form?

- Resford, MI, USA

problem #1

May 172004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
Heat shield dropped while driving on West ridge road causing sparks. It ruptured the fuel line which caused the fuel to spew all over the road. 911 contacted, road closed and taco bell where the vehicle was moved, was evacuated due to the massive fuel leak and fumes. Dealership contacted, tow truck picked up vehicle.

- Hilton, NY, USA

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