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 significantly updated the Fusion for the 2010 model year. We wish they hadn't

Throttle body issues have led to a ton of reports about a sudden deceleration and loss of power while driving. Ford issued a “customer satisfaction program” in March 2014 that, unsurprisingly, has left very few customers satisfied.

2010 is also the year we started seeing complaints about the power steering failing. Throttle and steering failure? Yeah, that’s why this is a clunker.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,866 miles

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2010 Ford Fusion steering problems

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2010 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 1 of 27)

problem #531

May 102015


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. While driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering failed. The vehicle was driven to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred multiple times. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #530

Aug 232016


  • 91,000 miles
While driving down the interstate, I experienced a sudden loss of power steering followed by the power steering/advance trac failure light appearing on the dash. I carefully pulled over and had my car towed to the service department. Ford determined I needed to replace the pscm R&R steering gear at a cost of $1919.63

- Paducah, KY, USA

problem #529

Sep 162016


  • 129,500 miles
Power steering system fault message came on when starting the car. Restarted the vehicle but message remained. Drove home 45 miles without power steering. Next time I started the vehicle power steering was fine. Stopped at Ford dealer and they stated that nothing could be done if message was being displayed. Message again appeared approximately two weeks later but went off when vehicle was restarted. Took the vehicle to another Ford dealer and described the problem (October 5, 2016). Their diagnostic indicated that the power steering gear assembly needed to be replaced. This appears to be the same part that was recalled on 2011-2013 Ford Fusion. The part has been replaced at a cost of approximately $1,800.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #528

Oct 102016


  • 90,150 miles


Steering assist fault. No power steering. Was on and off, now just no power steering at all.

- Whittier, NC, USA

problem #527

Sep 212016


  • 195,180 miles
Driving home from work my steering asst fault light came on at the stop light and the car became difficult to drive fought the car home. Days later got to the dealership to tell me the power steering gear need to replaced to the tune of 1800. To no fault of my own. The recall only included 2011-2013 when my car is doing the exact same thing noted in the other recalls

- Hope Mills, NC, USA

problem #526

Sep 062016


  • 156,612 miles
My daughter's 2010 Ford Fusion power steering went out while she was driving it. She didn't crash the car but it made it hard to turn. He low tire indicator light came on and then all of a sudden the power steering just went out. We got the tire pressure back but now the power steering won't work. We had one mechanic look at the car but he says it's the steering rack and those cars are known for this issue. I've researched this and see there has been lots of complaints with the same issue and think Ford needs to issue a recall before someone gets hurt bad or killed. I also own a 2012 Ford Fusion and the fuel pump went out in it and I have seen that this is a issue with this year. The cost of that repair was $555 and the steering rack can range from $1200 to $1600 and if Ford doesn't do anything about either issue then I will not buy another Ford vehicle again.

- Bristol, TN, USA

problem #525

Jul 272016


  • 69,000 miles


Power steering failed and power steering assist fault displayed on dash. Restarted car and power steering worked ok. I took the car to the dealer on 07/28/09 to have it checked out and they could not duplicate the problem. They told me that there was a recall for this problem on later models but not on the 2010. The same thing happened yesterday 10.07/16. I am concerned that this could happen at high speed and cause a major accident.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #524

May 152016


  • 112,000 miles
On may14th the check steering warning message came on. The following day the power assist on the steering was not working. I was able to drive the car slowly to the dealer. They had to replace the steering gear. There was 112, 000 miles on the car when the failure occurred.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #523

Aug 292016


  • miles
When back up from parking spot and garage, the steering wheel was locked. "power steering assist fault" message showed on the dash. Happened several times during the week, sent the car to dealer to check. But, the dealer couldn't find anything wrong. The dealer's action was reset the software code. It happened again during the weekend. The car was sent back to the dealer. The whole steering gear was replaced and cost $1670.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #522

Oct 042016


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. While driving approximately 35 mph down an incline, the service power steering message illuminated. The power steering suddenly failed and caused the steering wheel to lock in the neutral position. As a result, the steering wheel would not turn in either direction. After turning off and restarting the engine, the steering wheel could be turned in either direction, but the power assist would not operate and made the steering wheel very difficult to turn. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 104,000.

- Springville, AL, USA

problem #521

Oct 012016


  • 120,000 miles


We bought this car 6-7 months ago for our daughter in college. About one month ago, as she was leaving home, her car would not steer and she received a warning light that said " power steering assist fault". she put the car in park and turned it off and back on again and the warning was gone and the car operated properly. This past Saturday while out of town, she again started the car and received the " power steering assist fault" warning only this time, no matter what she tried it would not clear. She even called a mechanic who tried disconnecting the battery, but nothing worked. She drove the car home 2 hours away with no power steering! we have found out after purchasing this car that it is a problem for many 2010-2012 Fusion owners. The 2011-2012 were recalled, but not the 2010 for the exact same problem. I will be paying our local Ford dealer $1368 Friday for this repair. Money I surely don't have lying around. We researched this car before we bought it and found only positive reviews...until this happened and we researched this "power steering assist fault" code and then our computer blew up with one complaint after another. Clearly the 2010 needs to be added to this recall.

- Steens, MS, USA

problem #520

Sep 122016


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. While driving on the highway, the power steering failed, the warning indicators illuminated, and a power steering assist message displayed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that a component related to the power steering failed. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 87,000.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #519

Sep 012015


  • 123,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. While turning the vehicle, the steering wheel became difficult to control. The power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering failed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 123,000.

- Leadville, CO, USA

problem #518

Sep 102016


  • 119,656 miles
Power steering quit working got message that said power steering assist fault, im 225 and could not turn wheel at all. Shut off car let sit for a short time started back up every thing worked as it should, ive had this happen 3 times hope it dont happen when going at high speed

- Lebanon, MO, USA

problem #517

Sep 152016


  • 114,000 miles
Power steering failed. I had to have the unit replaced. Vehicle was driven and parked. It set for about a week before it was driven. The power steering was not working when I drove it the next time.

- Indianola, IA, USA

problem #516

Jul 082016


  • 140,565 miles
Was driving and power steering just quit and it was very scary as I was just turning into a parking lot and it just stopped working all together. Luckily I was able to keep from having a serious accident or kill someone. This is a serious problem and could get people killed and really needs to be fixed and eliminated in all cars. I did see where Ford had a recall on some of the Fusion but not mine because it was manufactured in a different month. Imagine that! had to take it to the Ford dealership and pay nearly $2000 to get it fixed. I am sure glad that it was me driving it when this occurred instead of one of my children that could have been killed or injured.

- Hebron, OH, USA

problem #515

May 232016


  • 34,000 miles
The power steering had a small odd side to side wobble in it that felt similar to an out of balance tire. Then while driving on a city street the power steering quit working while I was driving. The steering became incredibly heavy and difficult to control. The advance track warning flashed on the console. The dealership told me the entire power steering rack had to be replaced. The dealership reset the fault and the power steering returned, but the wobble was worse and the power steering failed again while driving on the highway with no warning. The following model year has the same part and is part of a recall for the described problem.

- Selah, WA, USA

problem #514

Aug 192016


  • 79,815 miles
The power steering failed, fortunately while the vehicle was still in the driveway. The vehicle is used for daily commuting at highway speeds, so it was very lucky that it failed when the potential damage was minimized. I had to replace the steering gear assembly at a cost of $1872.69, invoice enclosed.

- Paoli, PA, USA

problem #513

Sep 292016


  • 70,000 miles
Driving car then lost power steering, able to pull to the side of the road. Power steering assist fault light comes on, also advancetrac service light and ABS light. This was a very dangerous condition. Car has approximately 70K miles. Took car to the mechanic he said it needs a new rack. This is a very expensive repair and really not acceptable in a car this age and condition. My mechanic cannot determine the ABS problem till the rack is replaced. It seems a major design flaw that these components are all controlled electrically. Seems there was a recall on the 2011 and 2012 models. 2010 needs a recall also. This is a very dangerous condition that happens with no warning. About 6 months ago had to have the motor mounts replaced(controlled by hydraulics). Passenger side air bag not functioning, the list goes on. Don't have an invoice yet as car is till in the shop. I will be reaching out to Ford, but I don't expect a resolution.

- Rahway, NJ, USA

problem #512

Oct 032016


  • 100,000 miles
Steering system suddenly failed while driving down the interstate. System flashed a warning and "ding" sound and I lost almost all steering. It took a lot of strength to exit and pull into a parking lot. This could have ended much worse. I turned the car off and back on and I had power steering again. This has happened twice in the last month.

- Braddock, PA, USA

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