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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,500 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 windows / windshield problems

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2012 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 082016

Focus 4-cyl

  • 14,000 miles


The car rolls forward/backward when in park. The car shudders and shakes when you take off or when you slow down and the accelerate. I have had the clutch worked, replaced and had the replacement's software updated. It behaves like it did when it needed to be replaced the first time. I was told this was normal and I was told to drive the car like I stole it when taking off and accelerating. I speak the truth when I tell you that....exact it like I stole it. I have modified my driving habits but it has not helped and I feel those habits are dangerous. The passenger side window has in intermittent problem where it will not roll up when rolled down. The door latch may take up to six months to be fixed due to lack of parts and the clutch still stutters and shudders around corners and slow speed take offs. Updated 12/29/16.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #2

May 052015

Focus 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
While the vehicle was parked, the rear window shattered with a small explosive sound. The car had been parked for 20 minutes. After unloading, my husband pressed the lock button on his key and seconds latter the window shattered. This included all the edge pieces around the window. There was no evidence that anything was thrown at the window and no chips in the window before this happened. There was heavy rain and we had been running the rear window defogger on the way home.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 092013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 32,500 miles
The rear window shattered while the vehicle was parked. I believe it was from the cold weather after using the rear defrost.

- Louisville, CO, USA

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