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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,001 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

Apr 112014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Focus. The contact stated while driving 50 mph, another vehicle made U-turn and crashed into the contact's vehicle. The air bags did not deploy and the seat belt did not properly restrain the driver of the vehicle. The contact was taken to a nearby emergency room to be treated with back, shoulder and neck injures. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Bellevue, OH, USA

problem #5

Mar 012012


  • 121,006 miles
Failed to retract to the ratchet. Left with loose non functional lengthy belt not protecting me from possible crash.

- St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #4

Dec 222011


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Focus ztw. The contact was driving 25 mph and crashed into another vehicle when the air bags failed to deploy.the driver side seat belt extended outward and failed to secure properly. The crashed caused one injury and a police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 59,000.

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #3

Nov 052008


  • 72,000 miles


My driver's side seat belt shredded. I had to replace it several months ago and purchase a new one from Ford. My auto mechanic installed the new seat belt for me. The belt needed replacing, as it was continuing to shred (in strands) and only had about one-third to half of its width remaining. The length of the shredding was approximately 12 to 14 inches long. It definitely posed a safety hazard. I had never experienced a problem like this before, even in very old automobiles that I owned. Seat belt material fading from sunlight, yes, shredding, never. My auto mechanic at my repair shop had never seen anything like that before either.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 112008

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was in a car accident, Monday Feb 11th at 7:15 am. My seatbelt was broken during the impact and my air bags did not deploy. My car is considered a "total loss", therefore I can not fix the damages to it. If my seatbelt broke due to the impact, then why didn't my air bags deploy?

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 112002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle hit a retaining wall at 65 mph, then rolled a few times. Seatbelt did not restrain driver, and driver hit head on windshield. Vehicle was totalled.

- Springfield, OH, USA

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