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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,920 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 092002

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,600 miles


Steering wheel lost control while driving at normal speed. As result, lower and upper ball joints and brake were damaged. Dealer notified. Updated 1/11/2006. There was popping and clicking in the steering wheel while turning. This caused the consumer to lose control and hit a curb. The impact resulted in a blown tire.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #4

Jun 012002


  • miles
Fingers bent and twisted index and middle fingers are bent and twisted towards the baby fingers of both hands. Shoulder pain is present and wrist and elbow. Thumbs are bent away from the hands. Information submitted by mike tomich on behalf of Mrs. Green 989-665-2311.

- Deford, MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 072002


  • miles
Travelling interstate at 60 mph, went around turn in highway, steering did not respond, hit left front on guardrail and slid along the guardrail for about 100 ft, car totalled.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #2

May 142002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 65-70 mph consumer heard a pop from right front of vehicle, consumer lost control, and vehicle rolled over. Consumer suffered broken ribs, and vehicle was totalled.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #1

May 012002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The original Firestone tires (205/50R16) wear out prematurely. The vehicle becomes unsteady on bumpy, wet or snow covered roads, causing the driver to lose control. The rear tires vibrate and chatter when driving on wind roads and on open roads at highway speeds, also the rear tires were showing irregular and premature wear. The manufacturer representatives stated that improper factory alignment specification were the cause of the problems. Auto door locks malfunctions. The rear hatch door was misaligned and would not close properly, the rear window washer would not spray properly and the rear window washer nozzle failed, there was an odor coming from heating or A/C system, the power steering line was leaking. The transmission was difficult to shift into 2nd gear and reverse when it was cold, the child restraint brackets was putting dents in the rear seat

- Haverhill, NH, USA

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