ANNOUNCEMENT: The Car Book 2018 is now online!

Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,608 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 Focus miscellaneous problems

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2012 Ford Focus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 11)

problem #216

Oct 292018


  • miles


The gear gets stuck in reverse and I can't put the car in park. Even though the gear reads park it will still be in a different gear.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #215

Nov 072018


  • 89,995 miles
I was driving home and the door unlatched on it's own and became cracked open in the middle of rush hour. I had to stop and hurry up and get out to open and close the door again. My daughter was sitting in her car seat on that side. Please fix this problem. This problem happened to me about 2 times yesterday.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #214

Oct 122018


  • 93,700 miles
Open hood warning light comes on, at random times, while being driven. The hood is closed securely. Alarm system goes off, several times at night while the vehicle is parked and engine is off. Low battery warning light comes on when the car engine is on. Battery has been checked, is good!

- Heflin, AL, USA

problem #213

Oct 152018


  • 45 miles


I almost got into a car accident due to the deafening noises coming out from the speakers while I was driving. It sounded like firecracker going off next to my ears. I was startled and trying to get off the freeway to fix the problem. Due to the distraction from the noises, neither did I flick the turning signal nor did I hear the honking from the vehicles behind me. Dealer unable to fix the problem, and asking for $783 to replace the radio. There are lot similar complaints like this, they need to make a recall on all digital signal processor module.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #212

Sep 172018


  • 93,000 miles
The horn quit working at 90xxx miles. I checked the relay, and the relay was not the issue. I luckily purchased an extended warranty that paid for the horn. But I think there should be a recalled issued about this because a lot of people with the same make and model are having this issues, from what I have found online.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #211

Sep 042018


  • 109,000 miles
When placing pressure on the brakes to slow down or stop you hear/feel a crunching sound. It never did that before now it does it every time you use the brakes. I have taken it to 3 different garages to be checked and got back that my brakes was fine. One garage said it could be the ABS system making the noise. No power to climb a hill or if you get up the hill the engine/motor does not shift like it suppose to. This all took place in August of 2018.

- Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #210

Aug 092018


  • 99,000 miles


The trunk lid opens randomly. It opens whenever the car is started or turned off(while the keys are taken out), when shifting between gears, and when the car is first set into motion. It has not opened while driving at full speed but worried that it could happen.

- Jasper, GA, USA

problem #209

Aug 282018


  • 120,000 miles
Engine temperature sensor malfunctions and says engine is overheating when it is in fact not as well as when it is.

- Grafton, IL, USA

problem #208

Mar 052016


  • miles
Im having problems with my transmission I have been having problems with it since 2016 there was a recall on it I took it back a control module was put on it, than I took it back the end 2017 a clutch was suppose to have been put in it. Now its 2018 and its back acting up again.

- Thorton, IL, USA

problem #207

Aug 192018


  • 35,090 miles
The transmission malfunction sevice now warning came on. Car shudders and lurchs when on incline, slowing at intersection, difficulty maintaining 60 mph on expressway. Clutch had been recalled and replaced several times: The first at 3,543 miles. The vehicle had shuddered, lurched forward I off/on for four years when stopping, slowing down and at highway speeds.

- Fairlawn, OH, USA

problem #206

Jul 162018


  • 120,000 miles


The horn stopped working, with no apparent cause, in all capacities. I first noticed the problem when attempting to use the remote locking feature on the key. Later, while at a stop sign in city traffic, trying to signal to another driver they were making a dangerous traffic violation, I discovered the horn itself, and not the key interface, was to blame.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #205

Jul 202018


  • 70,000 miles
About 2 months ago, while driving, my radio made a very loud pop similar to a gunshot noise, then stopped playing music and would not turn back on until I turned the car off and back on. This would happen periodically. In about the past 2 weeks it has happened more and more often, and now the radio will not turn on at all. The noise coming from the speaker has gotten much worse. It now crackles, booms, makes high pitched noises, some of which are extremely loud. These noises now happen all the time- when the car is on and in drive (any speed), stopped, in park, and even happen when it is completely off, no key in the ignition at all. Being someone who scares easily, there is no doubt in my mind that if it happened at the right moment, these loud noises would cause me to crash. There is no recall and I cannot find any information where Ford even acknowledges the problem, even though a quick search on google shows that this is clearly a problem happening with many focuses and similar models. I have video recordings but unfortunately cannot figure out a format that will work to upload them here, I would be happy to send them another way if who ever receives this complaint would like.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #204

Jun 102018


  • 0 miles
The car door on the driver's side will not close.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #203

Apr 162018


  • 97,600 miles
The car has a bad stutter from complete stops, or even when slowing down it stutters and shakes. Even at low speeds the RPM staggers from 200 to 800 just sitting still. When IżM in traffic going under 40mph the RPM staggers between 1-2000 RPM it's just unsafe and worrisome and needs to be fixed by Ford! Iżve ready serval different blogs with various customers having the same issue! it would be sad for someone to lose their life behind this problem because Ford wonżT address and handle the issue

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #202

Jul 042018


  • 222,200 miles
The driver side door latch will not keep the door closed. I was driving down the road and the door flew open on a backroad. I had to bungee my doors shut just to make it home. This is a huge safety hazard and I am worried that this will happen with my children in the car next time.

- Danville, KY, USA

problem #201

Jun 122018


  • 103,000 miles
Door latch on driver side passenger door stopped securing the door - would not keep door from opening - would not keep door in closed position. Vehicle was stationary. A tie-down strap is keeping door from swinging open.

- Van Alstyne, TX, USA

problem #200

Mar 052018


  • miles
"takata recall" while driving my car going to work suddenly the passenger side door opens so I tie it with rope and bring it to mechanic after work and they found the door latch is not working, after 2 months same thing happen on the driver side door while driving going to grocery the door opens and it wont lock anymore so both my doors are tied with rope while driving.thank you

- Tamuning, GU, USA

problem #199

May 292018


  • 57,000 miles
My car has been going backward when in drive and then just wonżT go. Today it totally stopped moving while driving on the highway. Thank god I was close to home and was able to pull over on the side of the highway. Walked to the garage down around the bend and they pushed it off the highway and into their yard. Before totally stopping the car would buck forward while driving then slow down and speed up on its own. Now wonżT start or run. Possibly the transmission or gear stick

- Mohawk, NY, USA

problem #198

May 252018


  • 85,000 miles
Driver side door would not latch shut. There is a recall on this vehicle since September 2016, which I have not been contacted about. How does it take 2 years to get in contact with a person who bought a Ford from the dealership?

- West Bountiful, UT, USA

problem #197

Apr 012018


  • 90,000 miles
It started as the radio being on and a loud cracklings sound would occur then the radio would stop and never turn back on. Now the radio is always on and still the sound occurs more frequently and sounds like gunshots going off. It's been so loud it has scared me to the point where Iżve lost some control of the wheel. Also the 911 assist canżT be used when the radio isnżT working. The vehicle can be sitting in my driveway of on the road.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

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