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: Even though the first model year of a major redesign should typically be avoided, Ford did a good job & the 2008 Ford Focus doesn't appear to have any major defects.

That said, the following model years of this 2nd generation Focus (2009-2011) do appear to be slightly better.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,074 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.

2008 Ford Focus accessories - interior problems

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2008 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 072009


  • 31,848 miles


Head restraint for driver's seat came out of the seat during a rear-end collision.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 042008


  • 300 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Focus. The contact opened the driver's side door, reached under the seat, and cut his hand. He went to the doctor and was informed that he had severed a tendon, which caused him to receive internal and external stitches. A few weeks later, he spoke with the dealer and was informed not to place his hand underneath the seat. The contact is unaware of what cut his hand and the manufacturer has not been notified. The current mileage was 5,000 and failure mileage was 300.

- Maitland, FL, USA

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