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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,750 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2012 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #2

May 052015

Focus 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


While the vehicle was parked, the rear window shattered with a small explosive sound. The car had been parked for 20 minutes. After unloading, my husband pressed the lock button on his key and seconds latter the window shattered. This included all the edge pieces around the window. There was no evidence that anything was thrown at the window and no chips in the window before this happened. There was heavy rain and we had been running the rear window defogger on the way home.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 092013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 32,500 miles
The rear window shattered while the vehicle was parked. I believe it was from the cold weather after using the rear defrost.

- Louisville, CO, USA

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