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 2013 Fusion doesn’t have the same track record of power steering failure as the previous 3 model years. Of course, those owners said their steering failed at 60k–100k miles. So this appears to be a classic "wait and see" scenario.

In the meantime, there’s plenty of interior accessory problems to complain about. By themselves, each is a barely a blip on the radar. But combined, they give you that feeling of what the hell have I gotten myself into?


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,380 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.

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2013 Ford Fusion Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 292016


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the passenger side door unlatched and opened without warning. The contact pulled over to close the door but it failed to latch. In addition, the vehicle began to overheat. The contact used anti-freeze to cool the vehicle down but the failure continued. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Broomall, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 012016

Fusion 4-cyl

  • miles
Letter from senator murphy on behalf of a constituent re purchasing a 2013 used Ford Fusion. After buying it, she read an article online regarding a recall on the coolant bypass valve for 2012 & 2013 Ford Fusion models. Her vehicle was not mentioned.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Jan 072016

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Engine running hot engine reduce power to lower temps. This vehicle is one of the 2013 Ford Fusion 1.6 liter engine. VIN # [xxx] NHTSA recall # 12V551000 Ford recall # 12S41 this VIN # has the eighth letter "R" as a safety recall issued by Ford Motor Company by [xxx] on November 30, 2012. My vehicle was manufactured during this time of the effected vehicles. Ford is denying my claim with this engine they claim my vehicle left the mfg on 12/17/2012. 17 days after the recall was announced. But they cannot produce any documentation that my vehicle was recalled at the mfg prior to shipping to the dealer and this recall fixed. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Albertson, NC, USA

problem #5

Feb 162015


  • miles


Friends and I rented a 2013 Ford Fusion from hertz while on a trip last weekend. The computer display that controls the ac and other functions shut down midway through the trip. The car ran well enough to drive, so we continued driving it for the remainder of the trip. I was seated behind the driver. I noticed a slight headache earlier in the trip after being in the car. After the ac/heat functions shut down, I got a major headache plus nausea. The other back seat passenger also got a headache, thought less severe. Only after I was out of the car and in fresh air did the headache dissipate slowly. I suspect that, without positive air pressure in the car's cabin, that exhaust gases are drawn into the car while it's moving. This same phenomenon occurred to me about 14 years ago. I am concerned that modern cars draw exhaust into the cars--obviously dangerous.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 242014


  • 17,690 miles
First time was yesterday morning. Husband was pulling out of a parking spot and car stalled. He didn't mention it, thinking it was just a fluke. Yesterday evening I went to the store and when pulling out of parking spot car started missing as if it were not getting fuel and then stalled. When I told husband about it, he explained that the same thing happened to him earlier in the day. Very scary feeling. Luckily both times were at slow speeds.

- San Marcos, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 122014


  • 7,272 miles
Vehicle stalled out after taking a turn after a stop sign. Speed was around 10-15mph. Rolled to side of road. Check engine light illuminated. Vehicle struggled to re-start after several attempts. When it did start it would immediately stall after placing the shifter into drive. Had vehicle towed to dealer.

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 222014


  • 7,755 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle decelerated and the temperature warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the temperature gauge was at the maximum high. The contact was not included in recall NHTSA campaign number: 12V551000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 7,755.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 222013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 8,321 miles
I was driving the car and it stopped running. My husband and I were returning from an appointment at the heart doctor and he had to push the car off to the side of the road. It was towed to the dealer where they kept it for two days. Three days after I got it back it did the same thing when I was by myself. Took back to the dealer where they kept it for four days and said it was fixed. I had it back for another two days and it happened again. The dealer has it now and I have no faith that it will be fixed right. This is a very dangerous situation and I do not feel safe at all driving my new car.

- Westland, MI, USA

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