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: Power steering problems started rearing their ugly head in the 2010 Fusion, so you'd think Ford had plenty of time to make sure those problems didn't creep into the 2012. But here we are.

The Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS) is a mess. It fails at an alarming rate. Don’t believe us? Take a look at NHTSA’s data on the subject.

And much like the power steering, we’re still seeing the same throttle body failures that started in 2010 continue in 2012.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
18 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 1
Average Mileage:
47,054 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.

2012 Ford Fusion steering problems

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2012 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 19 of 24)

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problem #108

Jun 212014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


I was driving down the high way in rush hour traffic as I started to slow down due to traffic all the sudden my power steering went out the warning lights and messages appeared power steering assist fault and service advancetrac messages appeared.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #107

Jun 172014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 33,400 miles
The power steering failed while I was turning in a 270 degree cloverleaf doing about 40 mph. The steering wheel was difficult to turn and I could not maintain the required turn to stay on the cloverleaf. I had to apply the brakes and stopped halfway off the road and on the grass shoulder. The dashboard message read "power steering assist failure". the problem went away after I put the car in reverse and then back in drive.

- Inver Grove Heights, MN, USA

problem #106

Jun 172014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
I was driving down a busy street at 35mph. All of a sudden out of nowhere I lost my power steering and a message came across my dash that said "power steering assist default, service required" I shut my car off and started it back up again. A few days later same thing happened. Dealer told me there was nothin they could do, and to just drive my car until it happens again. It is extremely dangerous.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #105

Apr 012014


  • 93,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the steering default warning light illuminated while starting the vehicle. After the warning light illuminated the steering wheel became hard to turn. The dealer performed a diagnostic which located a failure code within the electronic power assist. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 93,000. The current mileage was 101,000.

- Branford, CT, USA

problem #104

Jun 102014


  • 48,589 miles
We are driving and the light appear (2 lights): 1.- is like is a car 2.- power steering light we arrive at home with the steering wheel hard, the next day took the shop, the expert said all Fusion have this problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #103

May 212014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
For about 3 months kept hearing a knocking noise in the steering column when making turns. Took it to a local Ford company- they checked it out and dx problems that didn't exist and never said anything about the power steering.then 2-3 weeks ago was driving it came to a stop light the "service electric power steering now" came on- 200 more yards the power steering was gone. Had to have it towed- contacted 2 other Ford dealerships and they said there wasn't a recall at this time. Also contacted the main Ford headquarters and reported it. I now have a car I'm making payments on and can't drive!

- Smithville, TN, USA

problem #102

Jun 072014


  • 41,000 miles


Power steering went out; shock at only 41,000 miles. This is my first Ford car I have bought - not happy. Had it tolled to dealership.

- Parsons, KS, USA

problem #101

May 062014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 37,500 miles
While making a turn the power steering suddenly went out. This has happened twice now within the past month. The wheel turned but it was difficult, as if there was no power steering. The power steering light went on. I turned the vehicle off and then restarted it and the steering worked ok again. This could be very dangerous if I was traveling faster.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #100

Jun 272013


  • 36,000 miles
NHTSA #14V286 recalls Ford Explorer for loss of electric power steering assist, but this should include other models. My daughter's 2012 Ford Fusion had the same problem and nearly caused two accidents when she was turning at intersections.

- Bremen, GA, USA

problem #99

Jun 032014


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Fusion. The contact stated while driving the power steering light illuminated and the contact was unable to make a complete turn. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who provided a trouble code of (C200D). The approximate speed at time of failure was 15 mph. The approximate mileage at time of failure was 60,000.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #98

May 242014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 40,192 miles


While driving on the interstate car went into power steering assisted default setting, rendering the power steering to little more than 15% usage while messaging an service advancetrak message. The automobile users guide mentions a 10 second wait in between starts. I performed the troubleshooting activity to no avail. This problem occurred while I was traveling on the interstate highway and could have been a serious incident while traveling the recommended speed limit. I purchased this vehicle used at a local dealership (cape girardeau, Missouri) on 3/18/2014 and have had this issue occur on more than one occasion. My hope is that you folks look at rendering the situation in a timely manner considering the safety of myself and others whom have experienced this issue. I appreciate your help and look forward to continued business with your company, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Carterville, IL, USA

problem #97

May 272014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
While backing out of the garage, the warning chime came on, the warning message about the power assist steering failure came on, and there was no power steering. This has happened more than 5 times previously. It usually happens when backing out of a parking space, but it has happened while at freeway speed once. I took the car to the dealer and they indicated that there were no codes and they could not duplicate the problem. They suggested driving it to the service center the next time the power steering fails. That is not a safe idea!

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #96

May 012014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
After running errands came home and parked car. Restarted car to go somewhere else and power assist fault message appeared and could not turn steering wheel. Turned car off and read manual. Restarted car and continued on my way. 5-19-2014 drove to ball park. Turned on car to leave. Power steering assist fault message. Turned car off and sat there a few minutes, turned it on an continued on my way. Mileage 16, 760. 5-21-2014. Driving to work at approximately 40 miles an hour. Power steering fault and advantrac trac warning came on. (mileage 17,403) barely able to get the car turned into a parking lot. Sat there a while until car started and drove to dealership. They were unable to get the car in that day and made appointment for 5-22-2014. At dealership, I was first told they didn't know anything about this happening to this model car. I researched and found many incidences of this and took the information to the dealership. They replaced rack and pinion. Dealership did not have part in stock and had to keep car overnight. It seems this is a common problem and the dealerships should have these parts in their inventory at all times. Also, the dealerships do not hire enough mechanics to service all the vehicles in a timely manner. I am very disappointed with Ford Motor Co. I purchased this car thinking I was buying a safe car to drive. It is only 2 years old with less than 18,000 miles on it and something as serious as this occurs. I am now wondering what will happen next or even if this will happen again.

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #95

May 272014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
While driving at 45 mph straight on 3 lane paved street I suddenly got a message on my dash saying power steering assist fault. The steering wheel became stiff and very hard to turn. I was safely able to pull off the road. I checked for any possible leaks and found nothing. I turned the car off waited a minute and restarted the car. Upon restarting the power steering appeared to be working again. I took the car to a near by auto repair shop. They looked for any stored codes on the computer and found nothing stored. This is a safety hazard. If this failure would have happened in a turn the vehicle would be difficult to control. Possibly resulting in a collision.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #94

May 162014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The power steering quit without warning, luckily the car was just getting under way. The car had previously indicated a fault with the system (the warning light on the dash would flash for a moment, then go out) the dealer said 'no code had been stored' so they could not diagnose any further. My concerns are 1) the steering could have failed on the highway and caused harm or death 2) with the available technology today, why doesn't the computer 'store a code' so the dealer can diagnose and repair before a deadly incident occurs?

- Toluca, IL, USA

problem #93

May 172014


  • 60,500 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Fusion. While driving at various speeds, the power steering malfunctioned several times. The contact found it difficult to maneuver the steering wheel. During each incident, the low tire pressure sensor illuminated prior to the failure. The contact checked the tire pressure and discovered that it was normal. After restarting the vehicle, the service power steering and advance trac sensors illuminated as the power steering failed again. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 60,500.

- Nazareth, PA, USA

problem #92

May 162014


  • 42,250 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Fusion. While driving 25 mph, the power steering failed as the power steering indicator illuminated. The failure recurred on several occasions. The manufacturer was contacted, but did not provide a remedy. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The failure mileage was 42,250.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #91

May 182014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 63,012 miles
Driving 2012 Ford Fusion, 2.5L., at 50 mph to enter highway, power steering failure, advantrac warning. First occurrence of this. Caused driver to pull over. Stopped and restarted vehicle and problem persisted. Driver returned home without power steering assist. Problem corrected with next vehicle restart 10 minutes later. Updated 11/24/2014

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #90

May 142014


  • 36,000 miles
When stopped at a red light, power steering failed and warning message to service advancetrac. Not the first time, don't remember dates of prior incidents. Turning off ignition and restarting car solved problem (for now).

- Willoughby, OH, USA

problem #89

Oct 152013


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the steering wheel was very hard to turn. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000.

- Florissant, MO, USA

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