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: Ford changed a lot of things for its 3rd generation, just none of them were a good idea.

The transmission tends to hesitate and jerk when accelerating. The new electronically-driven power steering can fail suddenly and without warning. Even Ford's SYNC can be a headache. Actually, scratch that last one --- it's always been a headache.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,697 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.

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2013 Ford Focus steering problems

steering problem

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2013 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #6

Apr 242013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 300 miles


Vehicle wonders or drifts at highway speeds, seems like your always over correcting the steering wheel. Vehicle makes a zig zag motion on certain road surfaces like your caught in the wind behind a semi.vehicle alignment as of this date has been changed 4 times.

- Sturgeon Lake, MN, USA

problem #5

Apr 262013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 1,200 miles
When driving at highway speeds (55-65 mph) for periods of time greater than 30 minutes, the steering begins to become jerky and sticky. The vehicle starts to wander as if the front wheels are out of alignment, making it necessary to make many very small steering corrections. This problem has occurred every time the vehicle has been on the highway under the said conditions.

- Rolla, MO, USA

problem #4

Nov 012012

Focus 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
When driving at highway speeds the steering becomes "sticky". when attempting to keep the vehicle in a straight line the steering sticks in its current position and to make a slight modification I have to put more effort into turning the steering wheel. Once the steering releases the car over corrects and then I need to make a correction in the opposite direction causing a "zig-zag" motion. It feels like I could lose control if I over corrected and I find myself gripping the steering wheel when driving this vehicle at highway speeds. In city driving I don't notice this happening, only highway driving it tends to "stick" in its position. I brought the car to the dealership and they mentioned it has electronic steering and that this is normal and they didn't know of any tsb's on the vehicle yet. I feel that this is a safety issue since it would be easy to overcorrect and then eventually lose control of the vehicle, or even cause an accident if there is a car in the next lane. I believe Ford needs to adjust their electronic steering to assist less than it is currently programmed to do.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #3

Mar 182013


  • 1,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford Focus. The contact stated while driving approximately 60 mph, the steering wheel seized without any warning and then resumed normally. The failure occurred when the contact was operating the vehicle in 70 degree and weather and above. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer twice for the same defect. The technician informed the contact that the rack and pinion would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 1,000.

- Moncks Corner, SC, USA

problem #2

Jan 232013


  • 3,900 miles
Approximately 15 minutes into trip to work from home the power assist steering on my 2013 Ford Focus failed at which point the vehicle became significantly difficult to steer. Luckly I was on a straight path, had this happened in a turn, an accident would have certainly occured. At the point where the power assist steering failed a message appeared on the dashboards led display that read something to the effect that lose of power assited steering detected. After the message disappeared, the vehicle's (!) light remained lite. Vehicle was towed to dealership who after looking at it stated that the technician started the vehicle and it ran perfectly. No isses with the steering at all, but that there were some "codes" looged in the vehicle's system that they were unfamiliar with and were trying to reach the "Ford hotline" for further help.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 082013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 60 miles
Driving straight on the highway ~50mph the car seemed to be drifting to the right as though being blown by heavy winds, although there was little/no wind that day. I applied a typical, slight adjustment to the left but the steering wheel resisted my input, as though somebody was holding onto the steering wheel and applying pressure to the right, after a split second, the opposing pressure released and the wheel overcorrected to the left followed by the identical response when I attempted to correct back to the right. It continued to do this every mile or so, for approximately 9 miles, until I turned off the highway. At lower speeds (city driving) the steering is completely normal. The same thing has happened on three different stretches of highway in the jacksonville area. I have tried different lanes, checking the tire pressure, and I had the dealership check it but they could not duplicate the problem. Applying light/steady/even pressure in the direction of the desired correction, without applying pressure beyond the point where you feel the resistance seems to help prevent the overcorrection problem. On 9 Jan, when crossing uneven lanes on the highway due to construction, the wheel pulled to the right more than you'd ever expect under these conditions and I ended up half way into the next lane. Luckily there were no cars in that lane otherwise it would have resulted in a collision without a doubt. That was followed by an overcorrection to the left, and again back to the right. I had to slow down below 40mph before the resistance in the steering eased up. This incident happened on a highway that I am very familiar with; I have traveled it without incident on my way home from work for the past 6 years, and I was prepared for the transition between the two uneven lanes. I have driven other vehicles with epas. This is not normal!!

- Fleming Island, FL, USA

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