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:
37,022 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 #6

Jan 072015


  • 35,590 miles


Both front electric windows work intermittently. Motor misfired at 50mph.

- Newton, AL, USA

problem #5

Aug 162014


  • 45,000 miles
Driver's side front power window motor failed and needed to be replaced.

- Shrewsbury, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012014


  • 43,761 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the driver side window failed to open or close. The failure occurred on several occasions. The dealer stated that the regulator cable and motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 43,761.

- Newport, NH, USA

problem #3

Aug 202013


  • 41,115 miles


The window on passenger side front will go down but will not go up with control on door. It will go up with control on drivers door most of the time.

- Soddy Daisy, TN, USA

problem #2

May 282014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 56,665 miles
Transmission was shifting poorly, then like an engine miss, power loss, step on gas it slowed down, turned corner at intersection and almost didn't make it thru intersection. Very light foot on the accelerator would allow it to gain speed. Missed 1st gear on stop at stopsign, took off in 2nd or 3rd (automatic)/ check engine light was on until I got home, shut it off. Started back up and ran fairly well to dealership. This is second time in a week I've had to dealer. They did a tsb electric reset of shift points and said it was all related. I was charged for that even tho there was a tsb performed. Also my rf window motor is out. It was rarely used as I commute about 55 miles a day solo.

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #1

May 012012

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2012 Ford Focus. Consumer writes in regards to engine, transmission, drive shaft and electrical system problems. The consumer stated the vehicle would jerk forward, hesitate and would not go into gear fast enough when changing lanes. The right passenger power window was slower that the driver's side, the door locks would not open properly. Updated 05/25/12

- Newark, CA, USA

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