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.

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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
28,206 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Ford Focus steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Jan 232004

(reported on)

Focus 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

During the rain when the vehicle is driven through a puddle, the steering would become difficult. The steering wheel was hard to turn and unmanageable. As a result, the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit the curb. The dealership indicated that this could possibly be caused by the brakes, which were replaced. The problem remained.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #5

Apr 262003

Focus

  • miles
While driving the steering wheel vibrated heavily.

- Vicksburg, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 282003

Focus

  • miles
While driving at any speed and without warning the steering wheel locked up causing a accident. Dealer notified.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 102002

Focus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer stated that when making a turn the steering wheel would lock up causing a distraction to the consumer. Dealer notified.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #2

May 012002

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The vehicle experienced loss of steering ability, as a result the vehicle hit a concrete jersey wall head on at 60 mph, neither airbag deployed, passenger suffered knee and chest injuries, the vehicle was totaled. *

- Auburn, WA, USA

problem #1

May 012002

Focus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
At 60 mph consumer turned steering wheel, no response, vehicle hit a concrete wall head on. Passenger suffered knee and chest injuries. The vehicle was totaled.

- Auburn, WA, USA

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