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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,085 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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2012 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #7

Jan 042013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 6,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while attempting a left turn at a traffic stop, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 6,000 and the current mileage was 8,300.

- Oldbridge, NJ, USA

problem #6

Feb 152013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 30,800 miles
Pulled up to a stop light that was red. While idling waiting for green light, engine stalled. Placed car in park, restarted engine, and automobile drove as normal.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 032013


  • 1,400 miles
Driving along at around 40 miles per hour, then notice the loss of power, a bright yellow light appeared on the dash - stop safely hazard warning (rtt) - which according to the owners handbook indicates hybrid component fault/failure that will cause the vehicle to shutdown (which it had already down, I had a hard time turning the steering wheel). Failed to re-start the first time or enter into a limited operating mode, seems like ray skillman Ford, greenwood, Indiana could not find any problems. This $31,000 vehicle has only 1,400 miles on the clock and per standard operating procedure denies any problems with the vehicle.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #4

Nov 022012


  • 3,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled with the illumination of the service warning light. The contact shifted into neutral and coasted to the shoulder. The vehicle was restarted and functioned properly. The vehicle was later taken to the dealer for inspection where they advised that they could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and attempted to assist the dealer in diagnosing the failure but to no avail. The failure mileage was 3,000.

- Reseda, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 062012


  • 40,440 miles
We were driving on the highway at approximately 40mph when the car lost power and began to shake. We were fortunate to be able to pull off on the shoulder out of traffic and turn off the motor. After waiting approximately 15 minutes, we were able to restart the car and drive safely to a reliable automotive shop we have used for over 20 years. Finally after a week of testing, they were able to replicate the problem we had experienced.they replaced the alternator, at our considerable expense, and we brought the car home more than a week later. We drove the car without incident until Tuesday, october16th when the same problem happened again. This time at about 30mph. Again, after waiting 10-15 minutes, the car started again and was driven safely to the automotive repair shop where it remains 5days later. This is a great inconvenience since we live in an area where a car is a necessity but it is also a serious safety hazard since this problem could easily happen when accelerating into traffic or on a busy multilane, high speed highway. From reading this site, we have become aware that there are many complaints of this nature for this make and model year and we question why there has been no recall or, at very least, a consumer alert.

- Kingsville, MD, USA

problem #2

Oct 122011

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 250 miles
Since Sept. 1, 2011 when I took ownership of the car I have had the following happen about once a month. The last time was on July 26, 2012 at 3171 miles. When coming to a stop for a light or slowing traffic and applying the brakes the engine starts to race and the car feels like it wants to surge forward. With continued pressure on the brakes, after a few seconds the engine racing and surging stops and the car stops. I think it may be a problem with a computer. Updated IVOQ 09/26/12

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 042012

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 42,600 miles
While driving the wrench light came on and lost power. I couldn't accelerate and pulled over. I almost got rear-ended. The car started shaking. I started the car back up and the wrench light came off. Drove again and the same problem happened within a mile.

- Fremont, NE, USA

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