Notes: Power steering problems started rearing their ugly head in the 2010 Fusion, so you'd think Ford had plenty of time to make sure those problems didn't creep into the 2012. But here we are.

The Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS) is a mess. It fails at an alarming rate. Don’t believe us? Take a look at NHTSA’s data on the subject.

And much like the power steering, we’re still seeing the same throttle body failures that started in 2010 continue in 2012.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,202 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 Fusion body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2012 Ford Fusion Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 292013


  • 16,903 miles


Left license plate light socket screw would not tighten. When closing the truck, the lamp assembly would hang down a little on left side. I tightened the screw and found it to be stripped. Took vehicle to Ford dealership. Ford replaced the license plate lamp assembly.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 132012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving the contact noticed the passenger side headlight would only illuminate partially. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the headlight was manufactured that way and no adjustment could be performed. Additionally, the contact stated the rear driver side door retained water inside when it rained or snowed. The technician stated there was a clog in the drain which would have to be cleaned. After the drain was cleared the failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the technician stated there was no repair for the failure. The contact was concerned of corrosion. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 1,500. The consumer stated the headlights were not aligned properly as she was unable to see the road at night. The dealer adjusted the headlights several times. Updated evoq 12/19/12

- Baldwin, NY, USA

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