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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
240 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2012 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 302011


  • 240 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact was traveling approximately 35 mph when a vehicle crashed into the rear drivers side of the vehicle causing the contact to crash into a parked vehicle. The contact stated the side air bags deployed but did not cover the pillars on the side of the windows causing severe injuries to the passenger. The vehicle was towed a body shop. A police report was filed. The passenger of the vehicle was taken to the hospital by ambulance. The doctors confirmed that the passenger had sustained a broken neck, a broken collar bone, five broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and internal bleeding in her brain. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage 240.

- Woodland, PA, USA

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