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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,000 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2012 Ford Fusion Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 242014


  • 81,000 miles


I purchased my 2012 Ford Fusion about 4 months ago from a family member who had no problems with the car since owning it new. Since that time I have had an alert come on when I am driving that reads "power steering failure" and the steering wheel becomes really hard to turn. It has happened to me twice and my wife once. When I stop the car and turn the ignition switch off and then start the car back up the system is reset and the warning is not displayed any longer and the power steering works once again. This is very dangerous as my wife had a very hard time turning the wheel to get the car off the interstate when it happened to her. I took the car into my regular mechanic who could not diagnose the problem (he drove it around a long time) and he recommended that I take it in to the Ford dealer. The Ford dealer told me that it was a problem with the rack and pinion and that it would cost $1700 to get it replaced. I refused the repair because I read on this board that this has been a problem with the 2012 Fusion and that others that have taken their car in to get this problem fixed, paid the money for the repair, but still had the same alert come on after the "repair." It sounds like an electrical problem to me that is reset when the car is turned back on. I expect there to be a recall on this problem as this could be very dangerous. My car only has 81,000 miles on it.

- Jefferson, GA, USA

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