Notes: Ford significantly updated the Fusion for the 2010 model year. We wish they hadn't

Throttle body issues have led to a ton of reports about a sudden deceleration and loss of power while driving. Ford issued a “customer satisfaction program” in March 2014 that, unsurprisingly, has left very few customers satisfied.

2010 is also the year we started seeing complaints about the power steering failing. Throttle and steering failure? Yeah, that’s why this is a clunker.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,250 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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2010 Ford Fusion Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 152010

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 10,000 miles


The area of the heater / dashboard makes a gurgle or sloshing noise at startup and upon acceleration. There is clearly air in the heating/cooling system that could be damaging internal parts. Ford does not currently have a repair for this issue.

- Rootstown, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 262010


  • 8,500 miles
We have a 2010 Ford Fusion S. we bought it in may and it have a starting up problem. When you try to start it (after holding the key in the on position for like 3 it should be), it doesn't start and then after letting the key "go", the car keeps trying to start himself up. This makes a weird noise offcourse....and then you have to quickly turn down the key to the off position for it to stop trying. This morning was the fifth time already this happened. The last time I had to try 3 times before finally getting the car to start up. This car will be going to the service/repair dep. Soon at the dealer. I can't believe these problems occurs already, and the car is only 5 months old !

- Aruba, 00, USA

problem #1

Sep 012010


  • 15,250 miles
2010 Ford Fusion sel 4 cyl at. Vehicle "downshifts" unexpectedly while driving highway speeds.

- Bowie, MD, USA

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