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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
500 miles

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2002 Ford Focus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 152005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer took vehicle to dealer for rear door problems. The two rear passenger doors were fixed as part of recall. Consumer said that on rear door one the latches broke, , and it was not part of the recall. When driving on the road the rear door will come open. When closing the rear door it must be slammed several times before door will stay shut, and even then while driving if vehicle was jarred by a bump or hole, door will still come open. Also, seat belts do not work properly, they will not latch most the time. But when they do latch they will not come unlatched to release passenger. Dealer said that consumer must pay to have seat belts repaired.

- Hinckly, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 232002


  • 1,000 miles
Vehicle was at a complete stop and was impacted by another vehicle going 50 mph in the rear end. The seat belt didn't retract.

- Warrington, PA, USA

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