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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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,000 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.

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2002 Mercury Villager brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Mercury Villager Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 212006

Villager 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


During a vacation trip on November 21, 2006, the "proportional valve" on our 2002 Mercury Villager began to apply the brakes while we were on the interstate. There was no warning light, just a gradual increase in the power necessary to keep going. By the time we realized it, the entire brake system had overheated, resulting in over $1,000 in dealer repairs. Our contention is that this is a manufacturing defect and the vehicle should at least have been considered for some form of reimbursement. We also wanted to make the NHTSA aware of this in case other consumers encounter similar problems. As it was, the entire cost of the repair was for our account.

- Marietta, GA, USA

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