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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
101,300 miles
Total Complaints:
86 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (40 reports)
  2. completely replace power steering (20 reports)
  3. replace steering gear (10 reports)
  4. replace steering gear ($1,625.53) (7 reports)
  5. replace steering rack (5 reports)
  6. replace steering column (2 reports)
2010 Ford Fusion steering problems

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2010 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #86

Dec 112018

Fusion SEL 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles


The past week I have been hearing grinding noises from the steering column. Now it is hard to steer at times, comes and goes. I have car parked as of now until I bring it in to my guy on Monday. Too worried about driving it til I know what is wrong.

- Jackie K., Elk River, MN, US

problem #85

Dec 232018

Fusion ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,900 miles

Started with a message about power steering maintenance and Advance trac. Then the same day my power steering went out. Took to shop and they reset the codes and charged me $234.00. Power steering worked for about 2 weeks. Then parked the car and when I turned the car on the same messages and no more power steering.

I can not keep paying to get the codes reset. Reading these complaints not sure that will keep on working. Also see where there is a recall for 2011 and up but not for my 2010. I will not pay thousands to fix a problem that they know is their problem.

I have been on a waiting list for over a year on the passenger air bag recall. If does not get resolved, I will not buy another Ford vehicle. We currently own 3 Fords in our family.

- Irma M., Wichita, US

problem #84

Jan 052019

Fusion SE V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

This power steering assist failure is very dangerous. I can't believe the NTSB did not include 2010 Fusion in the recall. Fortunately mine failed when I was in the driveway or I would have had an accident. As it is, I am not happy about the $2,000 repair bill. The steering should not fail at 86,000 miles.

- Laura N., Muskego, WI, US

problem #83

Dec 142018

Fusion SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 142,000 miles


After 3 years of a power steering assist fail and service advance trac warning message as well as a few trips to the Ford dealer over those 3 years, the car held the code long enough for Ford to read it. The diagnosis is 4 bad control arms which caused the power steering rack to fail. The cost to repair is $2875.00 which I can't afford. So now I have a useless heap of junk that can't be fixed or sold. Why wasn't the 2010 fFusion included in the recall when the 2011-2012 years were?

- Ellen S., Hamersville, OH, US

problem #82

Nov 062018

Fusion 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

My Steering Assist had a fault just after I bought it. The book said to turn the engine off and restart after a minute and that worked the 1st time. Now however, I have no power steering, and the car is dangerous to drive. My rant is that the 2011 was recalled and not the 2010, even though this is a significant FAULT! Now, even though I am broke, I will have to borrow almost $2k to fix this. It is so wrong!

- criss63, Moab, US

problem #81

Nov 022018

Fusion LX 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,689 miles

Power steering went out. Almost hit a car head-on in a curve. Real scary stuff.

- Phillip K., phil campbell , AL, US

problem #80

Jun 132018

Fusion SEL 2.5L 4v

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,427 miles


Ford knows my 2010 Fusion SEL is among hundreds of thousands of pre-2011 models that have this potentially deadly electronic power steering defect. How Ford was able to limit this type of recall to model years 2011 and newer is a mystery. My wife and I hope NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or other powers that be are able to force Ford to finally acknowledge and recall earlier models that also have defective EPAS systems. In the meantime, we refuse to pay the Ford dealer $2,586 for the replacement EPAS. While we wait, we will no longer drive this car.

- Dean H., Lake Forest, US

problem #79

Aug 202018

Fusion SE 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

I was parking my car. When I was backing in to park, the steering wheel would not turn. It was stuck. I looked at the dash and it said (power steering assault failed) I did not know what to do. I turned it off and came into my office. I Googled what power steering assault is.. It has to do with the power steering failing.

I called Ford and asked if there was a recall on power steering they said no. I told them what happened and they said I need to get checked if I could not move the wheel. They said they would charge me to evaluate it. I went back to my car to check the power steering fluid to make sure it was full. I then turned car on and I could move the steering wheel.. Thank god I was not driving it when it loss power. I did drive the car to the dealer. I asked them if this was common and they said no. I told them I have a 1999 Honda and nothing like this has happen, we change oil and tires.

I then asked about my air bags that was defective and I had called in June to see if they where giving rental cars due to the cars where unsafe. The person on the phone said no. I told him my uncle worked for Salinas Ford and they where giving there customers rental cars til parts where fixed. Then she said, oh, we can give you a rental car for that. So she requested that for me.

The next day they called and advise me they tested the car and the power steering was failing and I would have to pay $2300.00 to fix it. I have no way to pay this as I am still paying on the car. I cannot believe with all the reports and them knowing it is failing and is not common that they are not trying to fix the problem and just leaving the customer to pay to fix something that is defective.

I am really truly disappointed in Ford, I never liked them, then I took a chance and my car is falling a part, its only 9 years old. I guess foreign cars are made better.

- Nicol J., Paso Robles, CA, US

problem #78

Apr 242018

Fusion SEL 4 Cly

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,602 miles

Power steering assist stopped working made for hard steering with message on dash saying Steering Assist Fault. I was able to get steering to work by turning vehicle off and restarting. Ford dealer diagnosed as steering rack failure. Cost of repair will be 1650.00 to 1700.00. I have no choice but to have it repaired and hope that the 2010 Fusions are included in the recall.

- Ron Z., Soquel, CA, US

problem #77

Jul 122018

Fusion ES 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

I have been having issue with the power steering system , i check power steering pump, nothing wrong with it, check the power steering fluid and its at max level, but while driving I get the power steering system faulty and vehicle completely locks making it difficult to maneuver, I almost got into an accident.

I live in Chicago and the first time this happen was during winter so I thought it was that the fluid was frozen since it continue to work properly after the car warm up. but this time happen in the middle of summer while I was turning left at intersection almost causing me to have an accident. I'm glad i didn't have my kids with me.

So at this point I left my vehicle at my garage until I'm able to schedule an service appointment at the dealer. So let see how much this is going to cost me.

- Luis N., Chicago, IL, US

problem #76

Apr 062018

Fusion SEL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


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Have called several Ford Dealerships. One is all booked until next week, one told me they have airbag to fix the other recalls on it, another said it would be $150 to diagnose and another service manager in another dealership told me he would charge me $98. I didn't know I had to still try and bargain around when dealing with this and two recalls already accepted. smh

- Erika S., Houston, US

problem #75

Nov 082017

Fusion S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,877 miles

It's really dangerous when you're driving down the interstate and without warning the power steering locks up and there is nothing that you can do about it except spend thousands of dollars that could be used on something much better than a problem that shouldn't have happened without warning especially.

- Ricky R., Clarksville, TX, US

problem #74

Apr 222018

Fusion SE 2.5L I4

  • Manual transmission
  • 154,940 miles

Pretty dangerous considering this is a known problem and steering could seize. If power steering fails, one should still be able to drive (granted w/more effort) but still drive safely. Right now I have my car parked as I do not wish to take a chance of it seizing and getting into an accident.

- tapjp, Jersey City, US

problem #73

Apr 042018

Fusion LS 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,800 miles

Had my car with mechanic to diagnose battery failures ( 3 brand new batteries being replaced in 3 months). Had the alternator replaced two weeks ago. The battery loses charge if the car is not run for day. The mechanic came back and said that I had no power steering any more. Will report back after the job is complete. Not sure how this happened. There has been no issue with steering so far. I have 107,780 miles so far.

- Tabassum H., Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #72

Feb 082018

Fusion se 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,752 miles

2011-2012 Fusions, recalled for this, but NOT 2010 which is the exact same car! $1800.00 to replace steering column. No power steering reminds me of driving a 1950's Ford truck with "Arm Strong" power steering.

- Mark T., Troutdale, US

problem #71

Jan 022018

Fusion LX 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

was running pretty fast going around a curve power steering just went out, hit 2 more cars.

- dirt-cheappt, Sylacauga, US

problem #70

Dec 152016

Fusion V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

The vehicle was functioning properly and with no advance warning, the console displayed an error message saying service power steering and almost immediately received a service power steering now and I was then unable to turn my vehicle. Although, 2011 and 2012 models have been recalled for this same reason, the dealer charged me the full price of the repair.

- Gale W., Kansas city, Kansas, United States

problem #69

Oct 122017

Fusion SEL 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

Sounds like a very common problem with this year. Love the car, but will not be buying a Ford again. I guess when it comes to style vs. reliability, the working man must choose reliable. Too bad Ford has not learned from the ETB warranty claims and extended it to this item. There is no good reason such an expensive part should fail so early for so many people. It ruins Ford's rep.

- Andrew L., Gahanna, US

problem #68

Jul 312017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,625 miles


- Juli S., Salem, US

problem #67

Jul 192017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

I just spent over $1000 to replace battery, alternator, and throttle, with less than $40,000 miles on the car. Now, I am getting a message when I start my car, "power steering fault". Must I continue to keep putting more money in a car with $40,000 miles on it? What ever happened to being able to keep a car for 10 years or at least 100,000 miles on it before having to worry about repairs.

- georgina, Henderson, US

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