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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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,000 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 Thunderbird body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2002 Ford Thunderbird Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 232003

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


While driving at 65 mph, the soft convertible lock mechanism broke. The top flew up while the vehicle was in motion on the freeway. The consumer attempted to grab the locking mechanism when it broke.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 202002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The sun visors could not be tilted toward the driver or passenger windows. The dealer and manufacturer were contacted but there has been no response.

- Menomonee Falls, WI, USA

problem #1

Jan 102003

Thunderbird 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Water leaked on the passenger side, with the hardtop installed, passenger seat and floor were very wet. Consumer was concern about the air bag in passenger seat as well as electronics under passenger seat.

- Houston, TX, USA

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