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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,211 miles

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2014 Ford Focus steering problems

steering problem

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2014 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #51

Sep 012016


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owned a 2014 Ford Focus. While driving 70 mph with the cruise control activated, the steering wheel vibrated when the cruise control was deactivated. The contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a guardrail. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was towed and deemed a total loss at the salvage yard. The police was notified but the contact was unaware if a report was filed. The contact was taken to the hospital by ambulance for observation of chest pains. The air bags did not deploy. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Rusellville, AR, USA

problem #50

Jul 212016


  • 36,900 miles
Warning light came on stating "steering assist fault".. we lost all power steering while driving the car. We were able to get the car into a rest area off the highway. We had no power steering and it made it very difficult to operate the car. The steering gear needed to be replaced at 36,900 miles at a cost of $2,121.74. Ford customer service was no help at all to me. They were suppose to return calls within 4 hours and it took me 10 days until I was able to get a call back.there currently is no recall but 900 miles past warranty I would not expect this to happen.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #49

Aug 222016


  • 38,100 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving around a curve at 25 mph, the steering wheel seized and there was an abnormal noise coming form the vehicle. The contact reduced speed to 10 mph due to being concerned for their safety. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the power steering gear box needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 38,100.

- South Hambly, NJ, USA

problem #48

Aug 142016


  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a loss of power steering. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor reapired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering); however the VIN was not provided. The failure mileage was approximately 43,000.

- Hinesville, GA, USA

problem #47

Jun 292016


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle began to vibrate severely. The contact pulled the vehicle to the side of the road to switch off and restart the vehicle, but noticed that the steering wheel required more force to maneuver. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V514000 (steering). The failure mileage was 24,000.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #46

Jun 142016


  • 10,000 miles
Power steering failure and hesitation, shuddering in transmission. Reported on 6/17/16 for previous failure incident on 5/13/16. Dealer had repaired vehicle under warranty bur repairs failed to work. New incident that occurred on 6/14/16. Internet search indicated class action lawsuits have been filed against Ford for both the steering problem and transmission problem, nhtsb appears to have already opened an investigation. Still waiting for repairs to be made.

- Amston, CT, USA

problem #45

May 132016


  • 9,112 miles


On 5/13/16 power assisted steering failed. Vehicle very difficult to steer. Vehicle was towed to auto dealer. Also transmission shuddering, choking accident or damage occurred because of these at that time but elevated risk of an accident. Repairs for both made by dealer under warranty.

- Amston, CT, USA

problem #44

Mar 082016


  • miles
Heard noise in steering and tires took car to be checked out was nothing wrong that is how it sounds and drives. This was 2 months after getting the car. In March 2016 turning a curve car steering got hard and locked up hit curve busted axlle and steering component. Replaced axle thought that was all. Then had car taken to Ford I was then informed of $3000 in damages and labor to fix it. I did not proceed to getting fixed. The service manager proceeded to throw the keys at me and got pissed because I wouldn't get car fixed right then.I found out about the issues on the internet looking into the car parts and any issues with the car. The car was in motion.

- Knightdale, NC, USA

problem #43

Jun 092016


  • 46,000 miles
Car reports steering assist fault, service required sometimes at startup, sometimes while in motion, resulting in loss of power steering. Restarting the car results in normal operation for a time, sometimes a day sometimes weeks. No obd2 code present.

- Brooker, FL, USA

problem #42

Jun 012016


  • 34,000 miles
Even after several repair attempts by Ford when turning the steering cracks and pops loudly, it sounds like something is about to break. This vehicle also has had 4 clutch assemblies installed and has a creaking sound in the drivers side door that (according to the dealer) is because there is a bad weld in a "support" column located behind the front fender.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #41

Apr 052016


  • 20,200 miles


My vehicle has had numerous transmission problems, going into reverse while driving, shutting off while driving, etc. Recently, the power steering completely went out and reverted to manual steering. Today, while driving it for a while, I noticed a burning smell and pulled over. Under the hood, the fuse box had caught fire, but was blown out by the wind when I opened the hood. 20,500 miles.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #40

Mar 242016


  • 52,617 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while getting the vehicle serviced, the technician informed that the steering gear failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V514000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 52,617.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #39

Mar 172016


  • 201,000 miles
While turning at a light, my steering went out and caused me to veer into oncoming traffic in the opposing lane. It now takes great effort and muscle to make and turns in the vehicle. I have had the vehicle in the shop numerous times due to a faulty transmission. Now when I turn on the vehicle, the instrument panel displays that there is an urgent transmission fault, then it will flash that there is an urgent steering assist fault. While running a vehicle health report, the vehicle states that the transmission is at a "reduced power state" which causes it to hesitate, not change gears, and not be able to accelerate properly - all of which Ford says are "characteristics of this transmission." Also, the transmission does not work at all in sport mode and has went into reverse or park grinding to a screeching halt while driving on a highway. Luckily, I did not crash when the steering suddenly went out. My vehicle is currently in a lemon law dispute, therefore, Ford will not further diagnose my vehicle.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #38

Mar 102016


  • 60,000 miles
The vehicle a 2014 Ford Focus S model was moving at a high rate of speed going down the highway when it stalled out due to the wiring splices going bad causing the vehicle to stall out and stop without warning

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #37

Mar 102016


  • 31,000 miles
Yesterday I stopped in a parking lot when all of a sudden my steering seemed to go out as if my engine had stalled (didn't). It resumed normal operation until today when I entered a roundabout when the steering started to lose the power feature if only for a few moments. I consulted a Ford dealer and saw no recalls on this problem. I am having the car checked on 3/14/16 for my transmission shudder and will attempt to get this looked at then. It is troubling to know that this may happen at high speed. In the roundabout I seemed to have a manual steering feature, but as I stated the roundabout speed was about 15 mph.

- Westfield, IN, USA

problem #36

Mar 012016


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the power steering sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #35

Feb 012014


  • miles
I have had problems with my car ever since I bought it brand new. I have taken it back to the dealership so many times but nothing has been done about it. I feel unsafe driving this car.

- Lovington, NM, USA

problem #34

Jan 032016


  • 8,500 miles
Owned car 6 months and love it, especially the handling, until: At about 8500 miles, I started the car (on a Sunday morning-why I didn't call the dealership right away) put it in gear, pulled forward in my driveway and the steering wheel would not turn at all. I backed up and pulled forward again, and still zero steering wheel turn was possible. I turned the car off, pulled the key out, put the key in and started it again. Same actions, same result. I used our pickup truck for the day instead. I started the car again when I got home and the steering worked normally-I pulled forward and back in my driveway and parked it. The next morning, the car started just fine but again the steering wheel would not turn. I called the dealer and arranged a flat bed ride later that day. When the flat bed driver started to car to drive it onto his rig, he remarked that the car was acting just like a problem they're having in the 2015 F150, and two-handedly yanked my steering wheel hard to the left, still with no result. The wheel would not move, and I wonder what else he broke in his "bigger hammer" approach. He adjusted the position of his truck to be able to drive my car onto it without any steering available. I reported the flat bed driver's abuse of my vehicle to the dealer, where the car now sits awaiting service.

- Stone Ridge, NY, USA

problem #33

May 142014


  • 3,000 miles
I purchased the car brand new. It started bogging out dying in slow traffic and in the middle of turns. I have had it in the shop 5 times for same issue nothing was resolved. I have almost gotten in a couple accidents when turning the car dies in the middle of street and I have almost been T boned. I sounds like the engine is going to fall out at times. Sometimes when it starts to die it excelerates and send the car forward at a fast speed. I have only had car 18 month. I am terrified to drive this car!

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #32

Nov 112015


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While driving at 10 mph and attempting to make a left turn, the vehicle independently veered to the right. The contact stated that the steering wheel would not go back into the direction in which it was being turned. The contact then stated that the vehicle hit a curb and subsequently stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing; however, the details of the diagnosis could not be provided. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 8,000. Update 01/13/16

- Whittier, CA, USA

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