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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,495 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.

2010 Ford Fusion steering problems

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2010 Ford Fusion Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 112015


  • 71,084 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. While driving at various speeds, the power steering malfunctioned and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering rack needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure had not recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was approximately 71,084.

- Alloha, OR, USA

problem #2

Jul 142013


  • 84,700 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Fusion. While backing out of a parking space at approximately 4 mph, the steering ability seized without warning. The vehicle came to a complete stop. The dealer stated that the power steering rack was defective and needed to be replaced. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic and had the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 84,700.

- Longview, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 042012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,700 miles
On October 4, 2012, I was driving my 2010 Ford Fusion around 40 M.P.H. on a four lane street when the power steering failed/locked for no reason. The electronic display said "power steering assist fault. Service advancetrac" I drove straight for 5 miles and knew there was a dealer on the left side and managed a wide left turn into the dealership. When I waited for the representative to come to my car, I turned off the engine. I explained what happened and he asked to see the display. I turned the car back on, the display was gone and the power steering was back on. I left the dealer and went on-line and found numerous complaints about the same problem. I also learned that it is useless to take the car to Ford for service because dealers claim that the computer is not showing a diagnostic code and they need to "replicate the problem" (which is highly unlikely that it will happen while at the dealer). I also learned that it has happened to some customers many times and there is no warning or reason why the ps suddenly fails. Further, it appears that dealers have no idea how to correct the problem. It is a safety issue. It is dangerous, especially if it fails when trying to make a turn. I went back to the dealer and was told that they never heard of this issue and it could be anything. I then called corporate headquarters for Ford and filed a complaint. I was told that they would get back to me today, October 5, 2012. I have heard nothing. This needs to be investigated immediately. I cannot afford to buy a new car. I also cannot in good conscience sell my car with this dangerous defect. I feel that Ford is forcing me to drive an unsafe car and I am extremely scared that the ps will go out again in a situation that will cause me to crash or worse. The consumer stated the dealer replaced the steering rack. The consumer stated the power steering has not failed since. However, the vehicle seemed to steer hard and would pull to the left or right when braking. Also, a seal from the transmission was leaking fluid, which needed to be replaced.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

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