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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,349 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.

2006 Ford Focus electrical problems

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2006 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #14

Nov 242015


  • 123,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Focus. The contact stated that when the ignition key was turned, it would remain stuck in the on or off position. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was informed that the key might need to be replaced. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was left at the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 123,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #13

Jun 102008


  • 38,000 miles
The key cannot be removed from the ignition. The car does still start and drive fine, but no matter what I do, the key will not come out. It might just be for a few hours but more so it happens for at least 24 hours. It seems to also happen after the car has been used on a warm day, so it will first get stuck that evening when the car is put into use again. It is costing $285 to get it fixed because it needs a new ignition.

- Richboro, PA, USA

problem #12

May 102010


  • 62,000 miles
Keys are stuck in the ignition.

- Ocean City, MD, USA

problem #11

Apr 242010


  • 45,869 miles


Ignition lock cylinder failure on a 2006 Ford Focus. The key at one time couldn't turn the can't remove key from lock cylinder without having locksmith or dealership do it at substantial cost to myself. Apparently this is a very common occurrence and is way more widespread then any little recall that Toyota has had...we need a recall or a class action lawsuit. I

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #10

Apr 022010


  • 59,215 miles
Key stuck in ignition. Was told by dealer most common problem with Ford Focus. Lock assembly replaced on 04/0210 and key stuck in ignition (new part) 04/23/10.

- Cincinnat, OH, USA

problem #9

Mar 272010


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Focus. The contact stated that after turning the vehicle off, she could not remove the key from the ignition. The vehicle was taken to the dealership but no repairs were performed. The current and failure mileages were approximately 64,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #8

Jan 232010


  • 60,000 miles


2006 Ford Focus key gets stuck in ignition....this has happened numerous times......have had to sit and jiggle key back and forth in order to get it out of ignition.

- Coeburn, VA, USA

problem #7

Oct 282009


  • miles
I have a 2006 Ford Focus. The key has been constantly getting locked into the ignition. You cannot take it out and eventually my key broke. This happened more than once. I researched and found out that a lot of other Ford Focus customers were experiencing the same thing!

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #6

Dec 102008


  • 106,000 miles
2006 Ford Focus continuously gets the key stuck in the ignition it seems it is due to the gear shift not locking in place. I have had to leave the key in the ignition on a few of those occasions and place the emergency brake on.

- Jacksonville , FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 162009


  • miles
About half to 3/4 of the time my ignition will not start on my Ford Focus. This presents a major problem when I am away from the home and my car will not start due to ignition switch problems. At times I have to turn the key 20-50 times for the car to come on. I am 76 years old and this is a major issue for me. I don't want to even drive my car for fear that I will not be able to re-start it.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 072009


  • 75,000 miles


I have a 2006 Ford Focus and my key is stuck in the ignition. I have contacted the dealership and Ford customer service and they were no help. The is a common problem with the Ford Focus but they won't issue a recall on it. This is a safety issue- my car is at risk of being stolen and I don't have the $400 they ask to repair this.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 142008


  • 48,665 miles
My key got stuck in the ignition of my 2006 Ford Focus station wagon and would not come out. When I took it to the repair shop I found out that the ignition switch and brake/shift interlock had both failed. The service manager said he has seen this problem often in Ford Focus cars. I had both parts replaced, but I feel that this is not part of normal wear and tear of my vehicle, which is not quite three years old yet. The parts are working fine now that they have been replaced though.

- Marblemount, WA, USA

problem #2

Feb 142008

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Focus. The contact stated that he was unable to remove the key from the ignition. In addition, the gear shift indicator would engage without depressing the brake. As of February 14, 2008, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 430,000.

- Lower Lake, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 022006


  • Manual transmission
  • 50,133 miles
On Friday the ignition on my car did not immediately turn. I didn't think anything of it at the time. Saturday afternoon it refused to turn at all. The key would not turn in the ignition lock cylinder. It fit and was removable but just wouldn't turn. The car would not therefore, start. I was left stranded in a public place pregnant with my 3 year old child for so long drug dealers started showing up. I had to pay for a tow truck when it finally arrived. This is in a 2003 Ford Focus ztw wagon. It is 3 years old with 50,000 miles on it. I spent all day Tuesday on the phone speaking with various levels of mechanics and management. They all agreed that Ford is not taking any responsibility for this defect. One operator did not even record my phone call. Ford is recalling different model vehicles for ignition cylinder problems. They have not set up any public reimbursement or repair for this specific year and model vehicle. I had to pay a private locksmith to come to my house and build a new cylinder around my key because I could not afford to have the car towed again and pay the exorbant dealer price. I was without my vehicle for Saturday, Sunday, Monday and the Tuesday surrounding labor day weekend. The private locksmith repaired it Wednesday in a timely manner. I have not been offered towing reimbursement, a rental vehicle, a repair reimbursement or an apology. The old part (what was left after drilling it out per Ford instructions) was not saved.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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