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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,000 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.

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 092004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles


This is a complaint made to the Ford company on 11-18-2004. Dear [xxx], [xxx] has forwarded to my home both your letters that were dated October 12, 2004 and November 3, 2004. Your letters were written in addressing my original complaint (file no.: [xxx], VIN#: [xxxx]) regarding the safety feature of the 2002 Ford Focus vehicle my daughter purchased from the jacob twin Ford dealership, located at 6750 w. grand avenue, Chicago, il United States 60707, phone (866) 276-4943. I would like to clarify that I am not only complaining about the "leak? and rust" problem, but I also deeply concerned about the fact, which I discovered after I came back home from Chicago in September 2004, that there is no weather strip at all under the hood. Because of this lacking of a weather strip, the salty vapors may have been sucked into the engine compartment during the winter seasons in Chicago causing rusting problem. I have requested that Ford must investigate this potential safety hazard and make up recalls to install a weather strip to fix this "safety"-related problem. Updated 07/24/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Houma, LA, USA

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