Notes: For the third year in a row, the 3rd generation Focus is experiencing massive transmission problems.

Most notably owners keep complaining about how there's bad hesitation and jerking when starting from a stop. This isn't the result of an old, worn out part. In fact, the average mileage it's reported to us is just over 15k miles.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,393 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.

2014 Ford Focus seat belts / air bags problems

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2014 Ford Focus Owner Comments

problem #17

Dec 022014


  • miles


My transmission will slip out of gears lose power while accelerating and stops completely when that happens dealership replaces tcm twice and clutch once but the jerking gears slipping out and sudden loss of power has never been resolved also my A/C lines have had holes rubbed into them from serpentine belt another problem is electrical the sync and radio stopped working at 30000 miles was fixed under warrenty and stopped working again at 70000 miles told not under warrenty any more it is very dangerous because out of nowhere the speakers will crack at full volume startling driver. Another problem at 40000 miles a car pulles into my path causing me to slam into the side of there car at 45 mph with no time to stop my airbags did not deploy causing me to smash face of windshield and seat belt was fastened told dealership about this they said the car has a smart airbag that calculates the rate of deceleration of when to deploy airbags not sure how 45 mph to 0mph is not enough deceleration.

- Lower Burrell, PA, USA

problem #16

Dec 012016

Focus 4-cyl

  • miles
2014 Ford Focus. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle involved in a four vehicle collision, airbags did not deploy.

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #15

Nov 112016


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 12 mph, the contact paying attention to 3 pedestrians, a mother and 2 young children, when a vehicle came out of nowhere causing her to crash into the side of the vehicle. The steering wheel airbag failed to deploy but the knee bolster airbag did deploy and the seatbelt tensioner activated. The contact sustained bruises to the right breast caused by the pressure of the seat belt that retracted during the crash. The contact required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a gate collision center. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 13,000.

- Waunakee, WI, USA

problem #14

Sep 242016


  • 14,925 miles


Going less than 10 mph the car was making a wide turn on my street in front of my house when Focus accelerated and went through a wire fence, taking down a metal stake, over limestone boulders before hitting a tree, stumps, and bushes on my property. Air bags did not employ. Windshield totally shattered with holes from tree branches. Body of car severely damaged if not totaled. Insurance adjuster will determine on Wednesday 9/28/2016

- Dripping Springs, TX, USA

problem #13

Jan 012016


  • miles
Focus 2014 been in the dealer ship in fairfax..ted's for over a month now.I called 4 times and no one answers my calls or return them...I don't need the car any more since I had to buy another one..I shakes when ever you it starts moving very violently and constantly stall for no reason it's not going anywhere and have some sounds that the whole engine is about to break...the seat belt don't work all the time or the air bags offen start beeping on the dash's been a really ruff ride for a car that has less then 30000 limes on's been a real problem and headache since I got it...returned it to check few time but nothing...can they pay for my car value"?? or my laon?"

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #12

Mar 072016


  • 24,000 miles
My vehicle was purchased new and currently has 29,000 miles on it. The air bag housing was loosed and has play on it, when reported to a Ford dealer in merced ca, I was told their was nothing wrong. The other issue is the transmission, it slips. I recently recieved notices in the mail from 3rd party lawyers stating that it is a common problem with the Focus, and "shuttering" may also appear. The lower arm, rotor housing was recently replaced because of the bearings failing due to "freezing up." Ford representatives are down playing the shuttering and saying it is due to a program issue, and "when" it occurs, to bring it in.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #11

Aug 282015


  • 22,000 miles


August 28, 2015. While heading westbound on a traveled highway; a vehicle pulled out in front of the westbound car and caused an accident wherein, the airbags did not deploy or the seatbelts did not lock. Vehicle was doing about 45 mph when accident occurred.

- Willard, OH, USA

problem #10

Sep 252015


  • 10,000 miles
The issue I'm having trouble with is my air bag in the drive side seat, they replaced it two months ago and now the problem is again showing up. If there are any buyers of the 2014 Ford Focus and you are having the same problem please notify the NHTSA of the issue so they can use the information to identify a serious problem with the safety system.

- Freeport, TX, USA

problem #9

Jun 262015


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled, jumped a curb, and crashed into a sign. The air bags did not deploy and the safety belt failed to latch without warning. The vehicle had to be towed to a body shop. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V005000 (electrical system). The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but it was not diagnosed due to not being authorized by the legal department to remedy the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact sustained two black eyes and currently has an umbilical hernia. The contact did not require medical attention. A police report was filed. The approximate failure mileage was 17,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #8

May 012015

Focus 4-cyl

  • 9,400 miles
While I was stopped in traffic my 2014 Ford Focus was struck from behind with enough force to curl the trunk up to behind the back seat, exposing the spare tire located under the trunk. The impact drove my car into the car ahead of me. Through all of this not a single air bag in the car deployed.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #7

Nov 252014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while traveling 30 mph, the driver side air bag deployed and caused the contact to crash into the side of a bridge. The contact mentioned that it felt as if the brakes failed as well. The contact sustained minor injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was deemed destroyed. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #6

Jan 302015

Focus 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
I was traveling at approx 42 mph when another vehicle failed to yield and turned left into my lane. The front of my vehicle struck the passenger side of other vehicle. My vehicle continued on an struck curb, coming to rest on sidewalk. My vehicle was a total loss. No airbags deployed in my vehicle during accident.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 142015

Focus 4-cyl

  • 5,500 miles
I backed out of a parking spot. When I put the car in drive, the car accelerated with out me pushing the gas pedal, I attempted to stop by applying the brake and struck another car. The brakes could not stop my car.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Dec 062014


  • 51 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 10 mph, a flat bed truck crashed into the rear of the contact's vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. As a result, the contact stated there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The contact discovered that the front bumper detached from the vehicle. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 51.

- Southold, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 312014


  • 4,000 miles
On 7/31/14, my Ford Focus hatchback accelerated while parking and crashed into a high chain-link fence. Significant front end damage to the vehicle was repaired. The airbags never deployed when I hit the fence and small tree and I was lucky that no one was near the car when it malfunctioned.subsequently, the car has been parked! I have tried to communicate with Ford Motor Co. By fax, letter and phone over the last 2 months.the dealership wants nothing to do with this car. We are reluctant to sell and want this car off the market. We have no voice. I continue to read all complaints on your site. When are you going to do anything about it! I can't put my grandkids in this car and I don't want anyone's child in this car.please call me. We need to get this car off the market before someone is injured or worse!

- Plainville, CT, USA

problem #2

Aug 152014

Focus 4-cyl

  • 5,800 miles
Young lady turned left in front of me and I had no time to stop-head-on collision. Steering wheel air bag did not deploy. Knee air bag did deploy.

- Sparta, WI, USA

problem #1

Feb 232014


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Focus. While driving 30 mph, the contact drove onto black ice and the vehicle spun out of control. The vehicle flipped and crashed into a ditch. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified. The contact sustained unknown injuries. The failure mileage was 2,000. Updated 08/14/14

- Fairmount, MD, USA

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