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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,521 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2012 Ford Fusion Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 152016


  • 100,260 miles


I was involved in a rear end accident yesterday while coming off the highway offramp. A soda can was under my brake pedal making it impossible to slow down. I rear ended a vehicle stopped at the light, I was going 35 -40 mph. Both vehicles were totalled and I hit my head on the windshield because the air bags never deployed.

- Pocatello, ID, USA

problem #2

Dec 102013

Fusion 4-cyl

  • 24,300 miles
All 4 center caps/hub caps were loose and 2 fell off while I was cleaning the tires. Ford dealership replaced all 4 plastic center caps. Part number 9E5Z 1130A.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 202014


  • 36,002 miles
It all started with slipping and movement in the front left tire. It so happened to be the axle and steering knuckle. As I was doing a tire rotation I noticed that the rear left tire has a wavy inside pattern worn out and the right rear tire is worn out from the inside. From my understanding all the wheels have to be adjusted correctly because if I were to buy a new set of tires they will be worn out the same way I found the original set and all tires should be worn out evenly if there is not a problem with the alignment in all four wheels. I also noticed that the front right tire has huge slits/cuts inside the tire. This is uncommon and abnormal for being a 2012 vehicle and being the original manufacturer tires.

- Selma, CA, USA

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