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: Welcome to North America, Ford Fiesta. Thanks for bringing your herky-jerky transmission, numerous interior quality complaints, and an engine that dies while driving.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,342 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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2011 Ford Fiesta Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 192014


  • 35,000 miles


With 1" of snow on the ground the vehicle stopped. The advance-trac control shut down the engine just because the wheels started to spin. This caused a large traffic tie up and a snow plow had to help get the car rolling again. There is no way to disable this traction control like in other Ford automobiles.

- Goffstown, NH, USA

problem #4

Jan 022014

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 88,700 miles
Traction control system in heavy snow slows car to a crawl while entering an intersection nearly causing an accident with oncoming traffic. In early 2011 Fiesta, there is no way to turn off the traction control system in order to maintain momentum to get through heavy snow which creates a dangerous situations.

- Temperance, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 122012

Fiesta 4-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
2-3" of snow, car would not move no power to wheels in middle of intersection, no way to disable traction control! complained to Ford at various levels and got no satisfaction basically telling me "too bad".

- Spring Grove, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 242012


  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fiesta. The contact stated that the traction control would remain activated erroneously and could not be turned off. The contact was concerned that the failure could possibly cause a crash when driving in inclement weather. The dealer and the manufacturer were notified of the failure, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10 and the current mileage was 12,155.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 132010


  • 1,000 miles
Early model 2011 Ford Fiesta are not equipped with defeat-able traction control. Late model 2011 and all 2012 models have a menu to disable the feature. Moderate snowfall. Approximately 4-6 inches. If vehicle is stopped because of traffic, or a stop sign or becomes stuck in the snow it is not possible to turn off the traction control feature on the vehicle to get moving again or to get un-stuck. The traction control is so aggressive that the wheels will literally not turn if any slip is detected. This forces the driver to exit their vehicle and push the vehicle or shovel down to the pavement, or wait for a tow truck. Either way the driver is exposed to traffic in inclement weather. You can sit in the car and hope no one hits you while you wait for the tow truck. Or you can get out and shovel or push and hope that no one hits you. I have attempted to contact Ford customer service, whose answer is that it is defeat-able and they cite a page in the owners manual that doesn't exist in the early model year Fiesta's. the dealership also attempted to give me the same answer. I had to show them that the page of the book they were citing was a later printing. Exiting your vehicle in a snowstorm or just after a snowfall is a very serious situation. Even staying in your car blocking traffic in a snowstorm or after snowfall is a serious and dangerous situation to the general public. Ford needs to correct this problem for all early model year 2011 Fiesta's. Ford has already acknowledged an oversight without saying it by putting the feature in latter built 2011's and all 2012's. as the snowy season approaches I am faced with the same dangerous situations that I thought Ford may fix on their own. I need your help.

- Otsego, MN, USA

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