Print this page 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:
25,045 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 #5

Dec 082016

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles


2012 Ford Focus. Consumer writes in regards to transmission slippage, sunroof leakage and requests a repurchase. The manufacturer advised due to the age and mileage of the vehicle they would not be able to review the vehicle for repurchase or replacement.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 112015

Focus 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Sunroof exploded while driving. I took car to Ford and the service manager said he seen it happen before but I was told it was not covered under warranty. I saw a few complaints in google blogs. I will contact a lawyer.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

May 262014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 5,820 miles
Water pouring in from sunroof my son said it happens every time it rains.

- Claremont, NH, USA

problem #2

Aug 152013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 33,079 miles
It was 5:00 a.M I was driving to work on I215 freeway. There was no road construction, no other vehicles around me and I heard and felt what I thought was a gunshot, however, it wasn't. the 2012 sunroof exploded up. Thank goodness there wasn't any other traffic! I continued driving to work and as soon as the sun came up I took pictures and immediately call the rental company. They told me they had never heard of this before and to bring it back. When I took it back later in the afternoon, they supposedly called the manufacturer and I was told I would be responsible. It obviously was a defect of the 2012 Ford Focus and I am not going to pay. Today I received an invoice from them. I am contacting a lawyer as well as a local news reporter.

- Midvale, UT, USA

problem #1

Jan 242013

Focus 4-cyl

  • 15,325 miles
I was driving and heard many strange noises coming from the roof of the car. When I slid open the sunroof hatch I saw the sky through a hole in the sunroof and shattered glass. When I arrived to my destination I inspected the hole from the outside and noticed that the sunroof glass broke in an upward manner. (if it had been hit with a rock or something I assume it would have broken downwards & would have found the object) it looked as if the glass exploded. The remaining glass still in the sunroof is bubbled and barely staying in tact. I commute to work via public transportation and the sunroof had not been used in months.

- Lisle, IL, USA

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