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: For the third year in a row, the 3rd generation Focus is experiencing massive transmission problems.

Most notably owners keep complaining about how there's bad hesitation and jerking when starting from a stop. This isn't the result of an old, worn out part. In fact, the average mileage it's reported to us is just over 15k miles.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,000 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.

2014 Ford Focus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2014 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 022014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles


The 2014 Ford Focus S comes standard with traction control which uses both the ABS module and the PCM torque control to control the vehicles motion relative to the intended course. This is done through two ways: 1) the ABS module continuously monitors and compares the rotational speed of the drive wheels in relation to the non-driven wheels. At the same time, the ABS module calculates how much engine torque reduction is required to eliminate the wheel slip. In snowy (+2-3?), icy or slippery surfaces where both front tires are equally in the same condition, the ABS module modulates brake pressure to both brake caliper (s) to stop any wheel spin. 2) at the same time, the ABS module sends a message to the PCM to reduce the engine torque to the requested level. With both brakes being applied and engine torque reduced to a near "idle? state with the accelerator at ?full throttle?, the car immediately becomes stuck. Because the Ford Focus S does not have the ability to disable the traction control, my wife and kids have continuously been stranded in a car that will apply the brakes and reduce the engine RPM"S resulting in a car that will not move in extremely dangerous situations. As a consequence, the car has been required to be towed many times in below zero conditions because we are unable to disable the traction control. Death or severe injury is our concern because "by design", the car becomes disabled when snowy intersections and highways are encountered. Our disabled vehicle could result in any oncoming traffic to slam into our vehicle.

- Mulberry, IN, USA

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