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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,828 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 262004

(reported on)


  • 30,057 miles


One of the front ball joints came apart and caused the vehicle to crash into a ditch. Ford is sending a technician to assess the vehicle.

- Murray, IA, USA

problem #1

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

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