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:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,408 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 162010


  • 65,450 miles


I was driving down California 130 when my driver side air bag that is located in the seat deployed I did not hit anything it just went off for no reason.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 082010


  • 120,000 miles
Driving 45 mph ran over small piece of rubber in road and side impact air bag deployed when there was no impact.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Oct 152005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
My niece's 2002 Ford Focus passenger side airbag went off with no apparent cause. Ford says 'sensor' indicates an accident, but there was none, and charged $95 for this. Ford refuses to analyze this further, and remaining airbags no longer function. We believe that airbag sensors/systems are defective.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #3

Nov 212005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Contact stated while stopping at a stop light the vehicle was rear ended. It was pushed into the guard rail. Upon impact, the front air bags or side air bags did not deploy. All of the occupants where wearing their seat belts. Injuries were sustained. Police report was taken.

- Lebanon , VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 142004

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My wife was driving our 2002 Ford Focus on expressway at about 40-45 mph when the driver's side, side impact air bag went off for no apparent reason. The vehicle was filled with smoke, but my wife was able to maintain control of the vehicle. My wife sustained minor injuries to her left arm and had ringing in her left ear for two days. The vehicle was taken to the dealership and inspected. The dealer could only find a small dent on the under carriage (located at the rear of the vehicle) of the vehicle. The dent appeared to be old damage. A check of the computer revealed the code for proper air bag deployment. Ford stated they would not cover the expense to fix the problem because the computer chip indicating the correct deployment of the airbag. Ford refused to listen that there was no damage to indicate the proper deployment of the air bag, nor would they believe my wifeS statements. Please advise.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 022002


  • miles
Consumer was driving approximately 30-35mph and ran over a pothole. There was no collision. The left side air bag deployed without warning.

- Miami, FL, USA

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