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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CarComplaints.com Notes: You should probably steer clear of the 2012 Focus. Otherwise, you might not be able to steer at all.

The 2012 is the first Focus to offer Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS). It's also the first year with massive power steering failure. These things are not mutually exclusive.

And while you wait for your steering to disappear, you'll be greeted with a transmission that shudders, vibrates or won't shift at all.

2.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,119 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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2012 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #16

Jul 312016

Focus

  • 85,900 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. While driving 45 mph, the front driver side door flew open. The contact was unable to securely lock the door. The contact drove home while holding the door. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,900.

- Tupelo, MS, USA

problem #15

Jul 072016

Focus

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. While driving 60 mph, the driver side door swung open independently and the door ajar warning light illuminated. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Morriston, FL, USA

problem #14

Jun 202016

Focus

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the driver side door opened without warning while the vehicle was in motion. The contact had to secure the door with bungee cords. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 54,000.

- Crespview, FL, USA

problem #13

Jun 112016

Focus

  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 15 mph, the passenger side door opened independently. The contact had a passenger that held the door secured meanwhile the vehicle in motion. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the latch mechanism failed and needed replacement. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Sahuarita, AZ, USA

problem #12

May 102016

Focus

  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. While driving 45 mph, the driver side door opened without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,000.

- San Tan Valley, AZ, USA

problem #11

Mar 262016

Focus

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. While attempting to park the vehicle, the rear driver side door opened. The driver was able to shut the door by putting a cord on the inside door handle and tie the cord to the seat's headrest. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for further inspection. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #10

Mar 062016

Focus

  • 104,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. While backing out of the driveway, the driver side door swung open independently and failed to close properly. The door ajar warning light illuminated. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 104,000.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #9

Mar 102014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. While driving various speeds, the transmission began to hesitate in a jerking motion and the vehicle stalled without warning. After waiting ten minutes, the vehicle restarted and resumed normal operation. The vehicle was repaired under the manufacturer's customer satisfaction program where the transmission control module was replaced; however, the transmission continued to exhibit hesitation after the remedy was performed. The contact mentioned that the rear exterior passenger side door failed to unlock until after numerous attempts. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 45,000. Updated 04/08/16 the consumer on a regular basis, while the vehicle was running, passenger had a difficult time exiting the vehicle. The door locks were difficult to unlock. The consumer had to press the door lock repeatedly before they would unlock. The consumer also stated the vehicle would stall at times at intersections. Updated 04/14/16

- Afton, NY, USA

problem #8

Nov 012015

Focus

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the rear driver side door lock system failed. The rear driver side door lock became unlocked and caused the door to open while driving 35 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the door lock needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Duncanville, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 152015

Focus

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. While driving 40 mph, the front driver and passenger side doors opened independently and failed to close. The contact had to use cords to secure the doors in place. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Tuscon, AZ, USA

problem #6

Dec 192015

Focus

  • 33,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. While driving 60 mph, the driver side door opened without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 33,000.

- Parker, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jul 072015

Focus

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the front driver side door handle and the rear driver side door handle fractured. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The details of the repairs were unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 132015

Focus

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the rear driver and passenger doors failed to latch and open independently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 46,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Peoria , AZ, USA

problem #3

Oct 042014

Focus

  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the driver side door opened independently and failed to shut properly. The dealer stated that the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #2

Aug 222014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Drivers door latch failed to latch closed. Parts were unavailable in inventory. We were told that the part was not under factory warranty and no safety recall issued. Three weeks later rear door on drivers side failed. Door will not latch closed. Car is at dealer awaiting repairs. We were given the same information, the parts are not under factory warranty.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Aug 012014

Focus

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. While driving 15 mph and attempting to make a right turn, the front driver side door ajar warning indicator illuminated. The contact attempted to close the door, but it failed to properly close. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Indio, CA, USA

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