Notes: You should probably steer clear of the 2012 Focus. Otherwise, you might not be able to steer at all.

The 2012 is the first Focus to offer Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS). It's also the first year with massive power steering failure. These things are not mutually exclusive.

And while you wait for your steering to disappear, you'll be greeted with a transmission that shudders, vibrates or won't shift at all.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,328 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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2012 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 012016


  • miles


2012 Ford Focus. Consumer writes in regards to recall notice 16V-643 and rear seats moved forward when the brakes were applied.

- Falls Of Rough, KY, USA

problem #5

Sep 082016


  • 86,000 miles
As I was going around a corner to enter the freeway something broke in the seat back and there isn't much support any longer.

- Kinzers, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 202014


  • 33,000 miles
Why isn't there a manual release on a power seat" the driver's seat in my 2012 Focus sel continually blew fuse after fuse. There is a safety problem when the power seat blows a fuse causing the driver's seat to automatically move forward to the most forward position putting the driver on top of the steering wheel. If the air bag had been inflated I would have been killed. Why aren't the manufacturers required to have a manual release on a power seat"

- Allen Park, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 302012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 21,960 miles


Repair drivers side seat will not adjust forward or backwards. Replaced track assembly. For abnormal access to track air duct came loose and locked up and broke track assembly. Second issue started at lower mileage but continued driving and got worse and at 35500 miles took Focus to dealership with transmission shuttering jerking and making noises. They reprogrammed the computer. Before reprogramming I was getting 34.2 miles to the gallon afterwards getting worse noises jerks and mileage down to 28.6. told me then at the time of reprogramming that they would order the clutch to be replaced but it would take two months to get the parts and it was ok to drive till then. I drive 64 minimum highway miles every work week. Seriously concerned about safety and being stranded on the side of the interstate, my wife drives this car. This was December 2013, reprogramming.

- Mccalla, AL, USA

problem #2

Aug 102013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The vehicle was parked with the engine off. A fire spontaneously began in the engine compartment. The vehicle was in service for 14 months, bought new and under a maintenance contract. No previous issues.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

May 012012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 5 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated that when laying on the driver's seat head rest, it would fall in between the seat and the head rest hole. The contact stated that the head rest was designed that it could not go all the way down and connect with the top of the seat. The failure mileage was 5 and the current mileage was 513.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

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