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:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,305 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 (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #12

Sep 152009

Focus 4-cyl

  • 5,800 miles


When in stop and go traffic, the vehicle lunges whenever you go back and forth from the accelerator to the brake, nearly causing several accidents.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #11

Oct 102012


  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while making a left turn and depressing the accelerator pedal, the pedal abnormally traveled to the floorboard. The engine rpms increased excessively for approximately two seconds before the vehicle responded to acceleration attempts. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who stated that the failure could have been caused by the driver depressing the brake and accelerator pedals simultaneously. The dealer performed a diagnostics test but could not generate a diagnosis nor duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified who stated that a representative would contact him within twenty-four hours. The contact never received a return call. The failure mileage was 19,000.

- Newbury, OH, USA

problem #10

Sep 272012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 34,750 miles
My boyfriend and I bought a 2012 Ford Focus SE hatchback on September first. After driving the car for a couple of days my boyfriend noticed that the transmission was not right but he thought this was happening just because the car was new. Then, when driving to work I noticed that when I stopped on any incline street between taking the foot off the brake and placing it on the accelerator, the car rolled back quite quickly to the point that I almost hit the car behind me. Days later, I started to feel that the steering required both hands at all times. It was constantly wandering and shaky specially during turns. To top it off on September 27th something terrible happened. I was in the drive way, I shifted from reverse to drive and the car took off at a lurch. The car accelerated so rapidly even with my foot on the brake pedal. I lost complete control of the vehicle. The car failed to slow down hitting two cars and tearing down a fence. I could finally stop the car when I quickly shifted to park. I do not understand how Ford sells this car with all these problems risking people's lives. This is a serious issue. How many fatalities are they waiting for" are they going to do something ever about these malfunctions" this is ridiculous if I have known all these issues with this car, I would have never bought it for sure.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 012012


  • 1 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while sitting at a stop sign on a hill, the vehicle began to roll backwards until he engaged the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the transmission control module needed to be reprogrammed. The failure recurred. The transmission control module was reprogrammed by the dealer again. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who stated that they would address the issue at a later date. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 1 and the current mileage was 7,000.

- Germansville, PA, USA

problem #8

Jul 022012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
When accelerating car jumps or hops violently. Engine makes grinding/chattering noise when changing gears. Experience roll back when on a slight incline. Power shift 6 speed is not safe. Have trouble crossing lanes of traffic for the jumping/launch judder problem.

- Lebanon, VA, USA

problem #7

Feb 142012

Focus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,917 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact started the vehicle and the vehicle accelerated rapidly even with the brake pedal engaged. The vehicle failed to slow down and crashed into a cement wall. There were no personal injuries. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. In addition, the manufacturer issued a customer satisfaction program under reference number 123B7 (transmission control module) and after the recall repair was performed, the vehicle rolled away with the gear in park. In order for the vehicle to remain stationary, a block was placed against the two rear tires. Also, a strong antifreeze odor emitted inside of the vehicle and an oil leak was visible on the ground. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 12,917. Updated 08/23/12 updated 09/24/2012

- Portersville, PA, USA

problem #6

May 172012

Focus 4-cyl

  • 7,100 miles


When car started it was at a higher idle then normal, around 1,200 rpms.. upon driving 1 mile at 45 mph I then came to a stop at a light and it would then rev from 700 rpms about to aprox 2,600 rpms and I had the engine malfunction service now light come on.. I only had the car rev when on the brakes.. in park and or neutral it was worse.. I then went to drive on green. The throttle did not respond at all and the car then speed up on its own.. it took about 20 seconds to get to 15 mph and it refused to go past that.. I then took it into the dealership for the 8th time, this time they are looking at it as before they would just reset the computer and send me off.. Ford dealers have not been taking action on this beware if buying a Focus that computer resets will not fix it..

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #5

Mar 142012


  • 315 miles
I bought a 2012 Ford Focus sedan a couple weeks ago the next day I noticed slow jerky shuttering accerleration when at a complete stop then trying to acclerate. I did not think of anything was wrong until I researched it online finding similar complaints this is a problem and now the car is at the dealership and they currently have it. Next there is a grinding noise while driving and turning sounds an example would be metal to metal on the brakes is the sound and last loose mirror when lifting the tab down to look at my daughter in the back seat the whole mirror goes down istead of slightly moving.

- Port Arthur , TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 152012


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. While traveling 22 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle had suddenly began to accelerate on its own. In order to stop the acceleration, the vehicle had to be shut off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the contact was informed that the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 2,000.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jul 072011


  • 10 miles
The contact test drove a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated while the vehicle parallel parked with the active park assist system engaged the vehicle suddenly accelerated in reverse and crashed into a parked vehicle. The contact stated the brake and accelerator pedal were not depressed. The manufacturer filed report case number 0401301881. The failure and current mileage was 10.

- Spring Hill , FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 092011


  • 600 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stated the vehicle would stall without warning. In addition, the contact experienced sudden acceleration. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told there was a problem with the computer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 600.

- Bogota, NJ, USA

problem #1

Apr 202011


  • 5 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Focus. The contact stopped the vehicle when he noticed the accelerator pedal and brake pedal were located very close to each other. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing nor was it repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 5.

- Bath, PA, USA

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