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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,940 miles

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2012 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 13)

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problem #228

Aug 162016


  • 81,000 miles


Door fails to latch and opens while in motion.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #227

Aug 272016


  • 89,000 miles
While I was backing out of my parking space my passenger door had swung open

- Saugus, CA, USA

problem #226

Jun 282016


  • 87,000 miles
Driver side door swung open amidst driving down a residential street

- Saugus, CA, USA

problem #225

Mar 242016


  • 65,000 miles


Since March of 2016 I've had to deal with door latch issues. My driver side door failed to stay shut. Luckily it was just sitting in my driveway and quit working overnight. The second occurrence was my rear drive side door flew open when I turned on a city street. Lastly, the rear passenger door swung open while drive down another city street road. Ford refuses to fix unless I pay close to $700 per door out of pocket.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #224

Aug 292016


  • 105,000 miles
Aug 2015 - drivers door flung open while making a turn...unable to close door and had to tie shut to get car to dealer, car had 88K miles. Dealer determined latch was defective and replaced it under extended warranty - customer pay deductible. Repaired at jordan Ford in san antonio tx, Aug 2015, work order #90121 29 Aug 2016, same car, front passenger door flung open during slow speed left turn, luckily no passenger in car, car had 105K miles. Door would not shut and was tied shut and taken to dealer who stated latch was broken and had to be replaced $780 cost as car was outside 100K mileage on extended warranty. Same dealer used for repairs, work order number unavailable as car is still being repaired.

- Schertz, TX, USA

problem #223

Aug 102016


  • 64,000 miles
Door latch...specifically drivers side rear door.....failed to latch and still will not latch. Came out from my work location and opened door, placed lunch box in back seat, shut door(I thought), got in and started car and warning system advised rear door not shut. Got out and tried to shut door but would not latch any more. Had to tie door with string to keep it from flying open going down the road.

- Portland, TN, USA

problem #222

Aug 262016


  • 31,000 miles


I was driving through an intersection making a left tun when all of a sudden my drivers side passenger door flew open. My dog was in his crate in the back seat and almost flew out. I pulled over and could not get the door to latch. I've had to tie it down because I can not afford $600 to pay to get this fixed. Please Ford recall this model so I don't have to drive around in this dangerous vehicle.

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #221

Jan 012016


  • miles
I have a 2012 Ford Focus SE hatchback. With faulty door latches. Two (driver's side door, and drivers side rear door) have been replaced. Ford has issued a recall for this specific problem, including many 2012 Focus models, however, my 2012 Focus was not included in this recall. The dealership has not been very helpful.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #220

Aug 282016


  • 68,200 miles
While driving on I-75 from atlanta to tampa my driver side door just flew open while I was doing about 70mph. Thankfully nobody was next to me at the time and I had twine in my car to tie the door shut.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #219

Aug 282016


  • 30,300 miles
The door latch on the front driver's side door is broken and will not allow the door to close. I cannot lock the car door or shut it. When I attempt to close the door it "pops" back open. The incident occurred while the vehicle was in motion on a city street while turning. I was driving and the door suddenly opened by itself when making a turn, due to the broken latch.

- Doral, FL, USA

problem #218

Aug 272016


  • 58,000 miles


Car door randomly stopped latching. Second time this has happened, once in motion and once not in motion. Terrifying and frustrating experience. One repair has been done so far, costing 450 dollars. Huge safety hazzard, especially due to the randomness of it.

- Ogden, UT, USA

problem #217

Aug 222016


  • 49,000 miles
Takata recall the door latch on the driver side unexpectedly stop latching shut. Was parking the car in a parking lot and went to close the door and it would not lock or close. The door does not close and when attempting to close the door it bounces back and does not latch shut. Had hold the door shut in order to drive home. Researched Ford for recalls and found that the 2012 Ford fiesta and the 2012 Ford Fusion were recalled with the same problem.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #216

Jul 012016


  • 73,500 miles
The driver door latch fails to catch when closing the door, even when attempting to lock the door. As a result, the door does not secure and swings open while driving, particularly when turning to the right, and does not lock to secure interior and contents. The failure was first discovered while driving. As we turned right at an intersection, after having come to a complete stop, the driver's door flew open, almost striking a car driving in the opposite direct on the street we turned onto, narrowly avoiding an accident.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #215

Aug 152016


  • 56,000 miles
I am an owner of a 2012 Ford Focus. The driver door latch suddenly gave out and will not securely shut. The door will close, but will flap open. This is extremely dangerous and expensive fix. You can see how this is frustrating when the latch gave out on its own. Thankfully, not while I was driving. Please keep investigating this issue for it should be an issued recall. This is a must to keep all Focus owners safe and secure while driving. Thanks.

- Calimesa, CA, USA

problem #214

Aug 212016


  • 62,000 miles
As I was driving my 2012 Ford Focus the door all of sudden the driver rear side door opened. I pulled over and tried to shut the door but it just bounced back open. This is a big safety hazard and I'm not quite sure why I should to pay for the repair as this vehicle is not that old for this to be happening and I've also heard a lot of complaints from other consumers having the same issue. Good thing no one was in the back of the vehicle when this occurred or the results would have been devastating. I'm hoping there will be a recall for the door latch soon.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #213

Aug 242016


  • miles
On two separate occasions the door latches (rear passenger and rear driver side) on the vehicle became stuck open/locked. One occurrence resulted in the passenger rear door fully opening while making a right turn the other incident (8/24/2016) involved not being able to close the rear driver side door, latch was stuck in the lock position and would not allow for full closure.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #212

Aug 252016


  • 36,000 miles
Door latch on both front and rear doors fails to operate. Doors cannot close.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #211

Aug 032016


  • 104,000 miles
When I went out one day to leave work the back driver side passenger door latch no longer worked after I opened the car. I can't drive the car at all without the door flying open. I tried to secure it but the weight of the door breaks all strings/ropes. I resorted to a bungee cord. When I take turns the door still opens but closes shut. I have a baby that sits in the back seat so I was scared and took it into the dealership. They are telling me since its not an active recall yet that they will only repair it for a discounted rate of $350 but the part is on back order. I told them this was unacceptable as I have a baby in the backseat and it's a huge safety issue. Interesting enough, at first when the rep. Thought it was covered under a warranty, he told me he could not release my vehicle to me because it was a safety hazard. Now that they might not pay for it, it's ok to be released. Very disappointed in Ford. I am still waiting to hear back if they will pay for it but again, the part isn't in yet either. I am also not able to secure my car anymore because with one door always open the doors will lock but the alarm doesn't work.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #210

Aug 232016


  • 69,400 miles
My door latch stopped working on my front driver's side door, seemingly out of nowhere. I noticed the issue when I had parked at work and the door was not staying shut after locking it.

- The Colony, TX, USA

problem #209

Jul 152016


  • miles
My drivers side latch failed on me one day, while I was driving and an alarm went off saying the door was open. I made a right hand turn, when my door began to swing open. Luckily, I was at a complete stop before turning. My car had about 70,000 miles on it, when the incident ocurred. I took it to a mechanic and they said the latch rod was broken and had to be replaced. They told me to go to Ford and see if there was a recall on it. Went to the Ford dealership and they said there wasn't a safety issue recall and it would cost $500 to repair it. I don't understand how that's not a safety issue, when now I have to tie a bungee cord to keep it somewhat closed.

- Lindale, TX, USA

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