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: 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
376 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.

2012 Ford Focus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2012 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

May 092012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 751 miles


The emergency brake came off (completely). Ford is back? I do not think so if they overlook important aspects of the car.

- El Monte, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 102012

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles
Release button for emergency brake broke and came off. Unable to set parking brake because I won't be able to release it. Ford service informed me that it was "trim issue" and was not covered by warranty. I can not set the parking brake, which leaves the danger of the car rolling while parked and injuring someone. I went to the parts department out of desperation to order the button, and was told the entire parking brake assyembly had to be replaced at over $1000! that does not sound like a trim issue to me! joe cooper Ford tulsa Oklahoma

- Checotah, OK, USA

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