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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,500 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.

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2004 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 132015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Focus. While driving at 27 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck causing the contact to crash into the another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The driver sustained neck and back injuries and the passenger sustained a bruise knee, which required medical attention. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Bath, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 022010

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal began to stick on a regular basis. When she pressed down on the accelerator, it would not resume the regular position. The dealer replaced the throttle body. She experienced no issues with the pedal since the vehicle was repaired. She had not spoken with the manufacturer to-date. The current mileage is approximately 116,000. The failure mileage was approximately 105,500. Updated 03/01/10 the consumer stated the accelerator pedal was sticking. Updated 06/28/10

- Scranton, AZ, USA

problem #4

Apr 232008


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Focus. While driving 40 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck. The contact had to pull to the side of the road and shut off the vehicle. Once the vehicle was restarted, the accelerator pedal worked properly. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 69,000.

- Ontario, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 202007

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,500 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Focus zts. The contact stated that the brakes worked intermittently. The vehicle failed to come to a complete stop when the brake pedal was depressed. The dealer changed the brake pads. Upon leaving the dealer the failure recurred. Also, the contact stated that the accelerator pedal became stuck. On several occasions the contact had to release the accelerator pedal and then depressed it again for the vehicle to respond properly. Weather and speed were not factors. The current and failure mileages were 41,500.

- Stanton, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 142006

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
1) accelerator sticking upon pushing on the pedal 2) pushing hard on the pedal, it eventually releases, sometimes squealing the tires and launches the vehicle forward which has almost made me hit people or unable to get out of the way of traffic where others have almost hit me. 3) dealer cleaned throttle cable but also said they would replace throttle body if it happens again.

- Carrollton, GA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012005

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer pushed on accelerator while vehicle was in drive, it appeared as if vehicle was in neutral, . vehicle was on a slop at a stop sign and started rolling backwards.

- Davie, FL, USA

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