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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,189 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

May 212010


  • 43,000 miles


Air bags failed to deploy.

- Benson, AZ, USA

problem #2

Nov 122008

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,268 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Focus. While driving 45 mph, the consumers son lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail and rolled once. The vehicle came to rest in a creek. The air bags failed to deploy. The contacts son suffered injuries to the lower back and ankle. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 17,000. Updated 6/4/09 the consumer stated this was not the first accident where the air bags did not deploy. Updated 06/09/09. The consumer received a letter from Ford stating the impact was not severe enough to warrant air bad deployment. Updated 06/02/11

- Dixon, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 222008


  • 6,300 miles
I was merging into the center lane when a car from the right side was driving in my line. I move back in my lane and the car started fish taling and went out of control. I hit the guard rail twice and the air bags did not deploy my speed was 55-60 mph. The car was totaled because the wall of the firewall and engine was damaged. This was a 2008 Ford Focus. Help!

- Wilmington, DE, USA

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