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: The 2011 Fusion builds off the 2010's reputation. That's not a good thing.

The first thing that jumps out is the ridiculous amount of power steering complaints. It grinds, it squeals, and it eventually just fails.

And if losing power steering isn’t enough for you, how about a sudden loss of engine power? That combination is enough to achieve clunker status.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 1
Average Mileage:
65,218 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.

2011 Ford Fusion steering problems

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2011 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 19 of 28)

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problem #197

Sep 042014


  • 79,600 miles


While traveling on a highway at approximately 65 mph, my power steering went out, and a power steering fault message came on. I had a real hard time getting over to the emergency lane as the steering wheel was almost impossible to turn. This caused me to almost get hit by incoming traffic while attempting to change lanes or even keep the vehicle straight, had this happen while making a turn and accident would have ensued for sure. Once I made it to the emergency lane, I turned the car off and back on and the problem went away. As I look on the web this is a very common problem with Ford Fusion, why isn't there a recall?

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #196

Aug 132014


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated while driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel seized as the power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician diagnosed that the power steering box needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Lewiston, ME, USA

problem #195

Aug 212014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 97,295 miles
I was on the interstate driving my 2011 Ford Fusion AWD 3.0L at 75 mph when suddenly I lost power steering. A warning icon appeared on my dash in addition to a message reading: "service advanced trac & service power steering. I had this occur three times previously at low speeds in parking lots, but never at such high speeds. I safely exited the interstate, came to stop, turned my engine off, and restarted my car. The warning message disappeared and I regained power steering. I then went back onto the interstate up to 65 mph when the issue happened again. I was able to carefully drive home the rest of the way without power steering which took a significant amount of effort to turn the steering wheel. I took the car it into the dealer the next day. They diagnosed it as an "internal motor fault in steering rack". they had to replace the steering rack and gear assembly and do a wheel realignment. Total cost of repair was $1700. I was fortunate to not be involved in an accident when suddenly losing power steering on the expressway. Ford needs to further investigate this and repair it across all vehicles affected before someone gets seriously injured.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #194

Aug 312014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 31,000 miles


My wife was driving are 2011 Ford Fusion the other day on her way back from a trip. Note we just purchased this car 35 days ago roughly. The Fusion had 30, xxx miles on it when purchased and the time of the incident when the power steering failed was 31, xxx miles we had not put more then 1000 miles on this car since we bought it. The wife was driving through a construction zone on her way home. She was a little more then a 100 miles away from are home. She was on the interstate when she suddenly realized the power steering light came on saying it needed to be serviced. She was driving in single lane of traffic in a 65 mph zone because of the construction. Luckily the power steering held up long enough for her to get off at the nearest exit of the instate before it failed complete in the parking lot of a gas station. Things like this are no joke and I can not believe Ford isn't doing anything about this. I'm thankful my wife was not hurt or anyone else like on coming traffic or a construction worker. But I'm very very anger and hope Ford wakes up and recalls this steering issue before its to late for some unlucky person!! this should not be happening on any car let alone close to brand new cars with less then 100K on them. I have owned and drove many Ford vehicles in my life but I don't know if I will ever buy another Ford car because of this clear safety issue. My wife is fairly strong and she could barely move the car steering wheel after it lost power to the wheel and I even moved the car so it could be towed and I struggled to turn the wheel I could not imagine if the power steering went out and I was not ready I would probably lose control if I was on the interstate or in close traffic let alone trying to make a hard turn in a corner. I hope ever one the best of luck with this as I know I'm not alone and please fill out the report to get this recalled. Thanks!!

- Box Elder, SD, USA

problem #193

Aug 272014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 75,250 miles
I was driving down the road to get to work and a icon popped up on my dash in addition to a couple messages appearing where my odometer reading typically is. The messages read : "service advanced trac & service powersteering." There seemed to be no difference in the control and handling of my car until I went to parallel park (my steering felt stiff) so I continued onto my appointment. After returning to my car and turning it back on the icon was back and the messages returned with the addition of say "now" after the initial messages. My driving experience however was difficult. My power steering was not working and I had to exert a significant amount of effort to turn the steering wheel. It also felt as if my turning radius was much wider to turn corners. My dealership checked my car and gave me an estimate just under $2000 to repair the issue including the initial diagnosis of the issue. The report indicated that the "module on the steering rack" was at fault, but to repair that would require the replacement of the whole steering rack.

- Twin Falls, ID, USA

problem #192

Aug 282014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
I was driving to work on interstate-87 North in New York with normal driving conditions when, all of a sudden, the power steering light on my 2011 Ford Fusion came on the dash informing me of a power steering failure. At the time, I was driving in the left hand lane of the three-lane highway and was had to navigate my way across two lanes of busy highway traffic to pull onto the shoulder. With my hazard lights on, I had to fight the stiff steering wheel to get to the shoulder. I put my car in park, turned the car off, and turned the car back on. The issue went away and I drove the rest of the way to work. I have owned this car for almost 2 years and had not had an incident until July 2014. Two times prior to this steering failure, the electronic power steering failed in my driveway as I shifted the car into reverse to pull out of the driveway. This trip could have easily turned into a serious accident for myself and those driving around me.

- Waldwick, NJ, USA

problem #191

Jul 242014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 35,856 miles


I was taking off from my parents front yard when I received a message stating advanctrac power steering failure the first time. I then was on the road driving around 50 mph when I received the same message on August 10 2014 then again it occurred while driving 5 mph in a parking lot and turning I received the same message again advanctrac power steering failure in reading online I am not the only person to encounter this problem and I feel this is a manufacturer issue as its not only me. Please advise thank you!

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #190

Aug 272014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 90,121 miles
Upon traveling at slow speed steering completely failed--no power assist. Could not turn--very dangerous almost had near collision. Shut down car and waited 10 minutes. Started up and ran ok. If this was at highway speed I could have been killed.

- Alton, NH, USA

problem #189

Jul 012014


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving at no particular speed, the vehicle lost power steering and the power steering light illuminated. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that a new power steering rack was needed to repair the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Walhalla , SC, USA

problem #188

Aug 242014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
While driving the vehicle at 25 mph I lost the power steering. I was able to safely pull the vehicle into a parking lot and place the auto in park. I turned the car off and back on and receive a service message to have the advance trac system and the power steering system serviced soon. I allowed the car to sit for a few minutes, turned the car off and on again and this time the warning messages changed to have the advance trac system serviced and the power steering system serviced now. I was unable to drive the auto. I called a tow and the car is now sitting at Firestone auto repair. I'm on the phone with Ford now. They have a recall for this issue but only for 2011's manufactured at the Kansas City plant. My car was manufactured at the hermosillo plant in Mexico. I'm on hold now with Ford customer service waiting to discuss this to see if they are willing to broaden the recall to cover the Mexico plant. I drive on interstates in Chicago every day. If this happens during a daily rush hour commute I will be in serious trouble. The Firestone auto repair doesn't really know how to approach this issue. I have read that it may have something to do with the road angular sensor or the voltage on the battery. Supposedly the dealer that I purchased this auto from (milady Nissan in crystal lakek) gave me a new battery. I have had the car for 5 months.

- Crystal Lake, IL, USA

problem #187

Jul 232014


  • 63,145 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Ford Fusion. The contact stated while driving 5 mph, a traction control, service power steering message illuminated on the control panel. Seconds later, the power steering stopped working. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the power steering rack had an internal failure and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 63,145.

- Sparta, MI, USA

problem #186

Aug 212014


  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Fusion. While driving 45 mph, the power steering warning indicator illuminated and the power steering failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 94,000.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #185

Aug 182014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The vehicles power steering completely turns off and will not turn on until it is brought to a Ford dealership and they clear the code. The problem seems to be very consistent with Ford Fusion models and I cannot understand why there is not a recall on this as the repair will be coming out of my pocket.

- Muskegon, MI, USA

problem #184

Aug 182014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
While driving car, steering locked and power steering assist fault message appeared on dashboard.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #183

Aug 162014


  • 78,341 miles
Driving to work 25 mph and suddenly my power steering went out, then the traction control system(tsc) lights went on.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #182

Aug 012013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 65,500 miles
After having my car for 3 months or so I had the first incident with the power steering failing on my car while driving with a warning message that stated "power steering assist fault, service advancetrac" I was able to pull over turn the vehicle off and back on and the problem would be corrected, the last event with.with this same problem did not clear the message, I have read a number of blogs with peep owning Ford Fusion to.know this is not an isolated issue and yet Ford Motor Company still has yet to take corrective action against this problem and at around $1900 for repair costs of this issue that is unacceptable.

- Girard, PA, USA

problem #181

Oct 162013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
Driving on a surface street at approx 10-15 mph and the power steering goes out. "power steering assist fault" message on dash board. Pulled car over to side and shut off engine. Restarted and issue went away. This happened 5-6 times in the following 9 months. Then on Aug 6 (warranty expired), power steering would not work and message would not go away, even after restart. Took it to the dealer and was charged $1827.88 to fix. (part installed - ae5Z 3504 ce: Gear assy - steering).

- Taylorsville, KY, USA

problem #180

Aug 102013


  • 40,000 miles
After several intermittent losses of power steering when driving the car the past year the power steering gear assembly failed on 8/12/14. Cost to repair: $1987.73. It's a dangerous situation when you lose power steering while driving-especially for women or elderly people. I can't let my wife drive my car anymore in good conscience.

- Midlothian, IL, USA

problem #179

Aug 152014


  • 50,000 miles
Steering locked up due to a faulty steering assist and a traction issue. Luckily my kids were no hurt. The car is new so we shouldn't be having these problems.

- Grenada, MS, USA

problem #178

Aug 102014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
I lost power steering while making a turn onto a street. The first occurrence happened about July 12 making a turn onto a busy intersection. It took me by surprise and grabbed onto the wheel so hard to gain control wheel my elbow still is sore. Pulled over, turned off the car. Started the vehicle and power steering was back. Took the vehicle to a service repair shop to run a diagnostics and they couldn't find anything wrong. Then again on August 10, happened twice. Same situation, making a turn, lost power steering. I was able to pull into a driveway. Turned off the car, restarted, and made it home. Took it to the repair shop and informed me it is the rack and pinion that needed to be for $1150 (part only) labor of course was extra. I was so upset, I did call Ford and reported the incident. I tried to make an appointment at a Ford dealer, told wait would be 2 weeks or more. After some on line research, discovered this problem is occurring, not only in the Fusion, but other Ford products like the escape. I can't believe there isn't a recall! the loss of power steering creates a dangerous situation. It is intermittent and happens unexpectedly. The wheel tightens and it takes a lot of power to turn the wheel to get to a safe spot.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

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