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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
19 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 1
Average Mileage:
47,648 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 steering problems

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2012 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 15 of 25)

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problem #202

Oct 132014


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Ford Fusion. While traveling approximately 60 mph, the power steering failed and sensors illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact indicated that the sensors displayed service advanced trac and service power steering now. The contact merged to the side of the road and turned off and restarted the vehicle. Upon restarting the vehicle, the sensors remained illuminated. The contact parked the vehicle due to the safety concern. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Mt. Judea, AR, USA

problem #201

Aug 112014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
The power steering on this vehicle has constantly lost power. This occurs while driving. The only way to fix the issue is to turn of the vehicle and restart the car. This is very dangerous, especially while driving.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #200

Oct 132014


  • 67,000 miles
I was driving at a speed of no more than 40 mph. I was on my way home from picking Y children up from school when the power steering went completely out on my car. There is a warning light on in my vehicle that says service power steering now and service advantrac. This is the first time this happened. I had my two young children with me the time it went out. The steering became extremely hard to control however no accident occurred. The brakes became hard to apply. If I had been going a faster speed when it happened I feel as though a wreck would have occurred. I haven't tried the restart method because of storms. There is less than 70,000 miles on my car and this is messed up. I have read other complaints about this and I think its something Ford should issue a recall for. I have only had this car about 5 months. I should not have to put 1500-2000 dollars into a repair for it. Thanks for investigating this.

- Golden, MS, USA

problem #199

Apr 252014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


I went out to start my car in my driveway and the steering was completely locked up. I had the car towed to my local dealership and was told this had been happening a lot on the 2012 Fusion. The total cost to repair my steering was $1,846. The receipt states the following: "owner reports no power steering and service advance track light on. Towed in. Diagnosed and replaced inoperable epas steering gear. Re-test. Ok." the parts replaced were ae5Z-3504-ce gear asy - steering.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #198

Oct 012013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Bought the car 7/12/2013 about 3 months after purchase. Backing out of driveway on busy street, power steering went out right in the middle of the street, thank god there wasn't a car coming up on me, , could barely turn it to pull to the side, shut it off and on and the power assist was ok.. till about 3 months latter was on the freeway and without warning, boom, , no power steering. Was able to pull off to the side, turned it off, then on then it worked again, , took it to the dealer 4/14/2014 they said it would cost almost $1,800 to fix and its not covered on the warranty, ,, drove off, because im a single dad with 2 daughters, now I cant trust driving that car any more, because I don't know when the steering is going out, , last time it went out and stayed out, , still making payment and haven't driven car in 2 months, , don't know what to do, , don't have the money to fix it, , this car should be recalled for safety reasons, ,, contacted Ford and they said tuff-[xxx],,, information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #197

Oct 102014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 66,234 miles
The car had no power steering upon starting it for an afternoon trip. Worked fine in the morning, no indication of any issues. 2 warning items appeared. "service advancetrac system" "power steering assist fault" driven to the local Ford dealership (spradley barr) today, Monday, October 14th and was called back 4 hours later with a diagnosis. The power steering assist system needed to be replaced to the tune of $2,150. He was going to throw in the alignment for free. This is an ongoing problem. A factory recall needs to be issued. Numerous complaints on this exact topic with the 2010-2012 Ford Fusion can be found online. This car is 6,000 miles outside of powertrain warranty. There is no reason you should have to spend $2,100 on a 2 year old car. It's not getting fixed on my dime and it can sit in the garage not being driven until a better solution is figured out. I have always been able to drive my car 100K miles with regular service being done before any major repairs were necessary.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #196

Oct 022014


  • 50,000 miles


Lost power steering ability when driving to work.

- Oakdale, PA, USA

problem #195

Sep 292014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 64,950 miles
While traveling home on the interstate with my spouse and child, the car warning system suddenly flashed "power steering failure" and "auto traction failure" and I lost power steering in the vehicle. In this frightening moment, the car was difficult to drive as we slowed to a safe speed and returned to our home. On October 1, 2014 my wife attempted to drive the car but was physically unable to back the vehicle out of the drive as the power steering failed. I contacted our dealer and was told that it could be a very expensive part (the rack) costing $1800 as another Fusion was at the dealership at that time with 73,000 miles having that part replace. I was astounded. On October 2nd, I carefully with great difficulty navigated the car to the dealership, here it was determined that the power steering rack would have to be replaced. In conversation with the service manager I was informed that I had done nothing wrong and that there was no preventative maintenance that could have been performed, but that the part simply failed. It is my contention that the part was not made properly and that it is a safety hazard. I have called Ford twice on 10/02 and 10/10 and have received absolutely no help or satisfaction. I have called the Ford dealership and have not received satisfaction to this point. This is a dangerous situation with a defective part that Ford has produced, but is unwilling to replace. I respectfully request that the NHTSA intervene immediately and issue a recall for this dangerous situation before life is lost.

- Lincoln, IL, USA

problem #194

Jun 052013


  • 45,000 miles
Two failures reset by turning car off and on. One, permanent, still not working. Worst failure was the second one while on the freeway.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #193

Aug 102014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 25,187 miles
As I was pulling out of the church parking lot after Sunday services, the power steering suddenly failed and I saw an error message on the dash readout indicating a power steering "fault." I was able to drive the six miles home with extreme difficulty steering the car. After parking the car at home for a few hours, I restarted the car and the power steering then worked ok. I took car next day to Ford dealer who replaced the power steering module under warranty. Power steering has worked ok since then.

- Boiling Springs , PA, USA

problem #192

Aug 012014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


Failure of power steering assist, warning light appeared, restarted car and problem resolved. Reoccurred a couple of days later and will not resolve itself. Ford dealer says it will cost $1800 to fix(steering gear replacement). Car has less than 60000 miles and should be under warranty"?"

- Benton City, WA, USA

problem #191

Nov 052012

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 1,200 miles
I saw on news that you were investigating power steering issues on the Ford Fusion 2012. This is a problem I have been having with my Fusion 2012 almost from the beginning. The vehicle was purchased with less than 10 miles on it and the issue started happening around the second month. I hear a ding and then the power steering goes out, the brakes paddle requires a lot of pressure to engage, and the accelerator paddle is not as responsive. Two error messages appear on the display, "power steering assist fault" and "service advancetrac." I mentioned it to the service department at the Ford dealer and he ask me to take a picture of the messages next time it happens and bring them in. I took pictures and brought them in, I'm then told that I have to bring the vehicle in while the error messages are showing in order for the mechanic to diagnose the problem. This will be almost impossible to do because after a restart the errors go away. I'm glad to see that this issue is finally being investigated.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #190

Oct 062014


  • 44,500 miles
This has happened to my 2012 Ford Fusion twice. I just got my car back from the Ford dealership repair center and a week later the power steering goes out while I am driving. The rod and pinion was replaced the first time my 2012 Ford Fusion was put in the shop. The service power steering light came on, and the advance track light came on both times.

- Grove City, PA, USA

problem #189

Aug 302014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 54,990 miles
2012 Ford Fusion. Consumer writes in regards to power steering failure, with low mileage. The electronic steering gear was replaced

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #188

Oct 072014

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 10,089 miles
When my wife started the car and began to back straight out of the garage she noticed a warning that the power steering had failed and was not working and did find that it was not working. She drove the car back into the garage and parked it. Later, when I started the car the problem had cleared. No fault codes were present in the obd II monitor.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #187

Oct 042014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Ford Fusion 2012 electronic power steering failure at low speed. The power steering of the Fusion just completely failed while bringing the car to a stop. There was no accident or impact. The car could still be steered manually with difficulty in making turns. Took car to the dealer and received an estimate of 1800 to repair a major part (complete electronic power steering assembly) on a 2 year old car that should not fail on it's own. I have reported the issue to Ford customer service and it escalated quickly within the company. I'm currently waiting for a regional manager to get back to me regarding the issue in the next business day. There are no recalls but this issue seems to be well documented on the web as a problem with the Fusion between the years 2010 and 2012. This car is in excellent shape and the dealer indicated that this is just a part failure(?) - a very expensive one that should not be defective after only a couple of years. Failure could have been disastrous at higher speeds, highways or when trying to make a turn.

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #186

Jul 212013


  • 35,786 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the power steering seized while making a left turn and excessive force was required in order to maneuver the vehicle. The problem recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the computer program needed to be reset. The failure recurred and the vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed a service defect on the power steering. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 35,786.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #185

Nov 052013

Fusion 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact mentioned the instrument panel warning lights illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 53,000. Updated 12/18/14 the consumer stated when she pressed the accelerated pedal, the vehicle slightly accelerated, and the vehicle would also jerk forward. At times, the vehicle would cut off while driving. Updated 01/07/15

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #184

Jun 262014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 15,245 miles
While driving the electronic power steering went out making it difficult to steer. A message indicated power steering assist fault. Stopped car and restarted and problem stopped. However it reappeared later on the drive home. I contacted dealer and was immediately scheduled in for warranty repair. The power steering was out even as I dropped it for service. Rack and pinion steering gear assembly was replaced under warranty. Had this not been a warranty repair, the bill would have been nearly $2000. The dealer was very closed lip about the issue and didn't want to go into detail on what/why or how often this happened. It seemed clear to me when I called that they were familiar with the problem. Even now I have no assurances this was replaced with parts of better quality than the original.

- Wooster, OH, USA

problem #183

Oct 042014

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
While driving approximately 30 mph, I heard several beeps and then I lost power steering. The warning message said "power steering assist fault" and then "service advancetrac". I drove the rest of the way to work (approximately a 10 minute drive) without power steering. When I started the car again several hours later, I had power steering again, but drove the car straight to my local Ford dealership. It was determined that there is a faulty sensor causing the power steering issue. This would be covered by the 3 year/36,000 mile warranty, but I was out of warranty by just 5 days. The repair was quoted as $1700. I was given a customer service number to call, and was informed by a representative that there was nothing they could do to help me. I called back to the dealership, and they gave me a new quote of $1500, saying that was the best they could do. With this being a known problem in 2010-2012 Fusion, Ford should issue a recall and assist all their owners! they need to stand behind their work, and correct the issue.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

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