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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,448 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.

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2001 Ford Taurus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #14

Dec 212000

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 25 mph, the brake pedal was engaged and the vehicle continued to accelerate. The contact turned the ignition switch into the off position which caused the vehicle to slow down. The vehicle resumed and operated normally. The failure occurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for the recall related to the failure which was associated with the NHTSA campaign id number 02V266000 (service brakes, hydraulic: Pedals and linkages). The consequence of the recall defect was an unintended acceleration. The technician inspected the vehicle and stated the vehicle did not require repair under the recall. The failure persisted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 20. Updated 07/21/11 the consumer stated he crashed into a parked vehicle. Updated 12/05/11

- Mound Bayou, MS, USA

problem #13

Nov 062004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,248 miles
Engine accelerated when applying brakes at a parking lot.

- North Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #12

Nov 072003

(reported on)

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The brake pedal and the gas pedal are too close, and gas pedal is 1/2 inch lower. When stepping on the brake pedal consumer can hit the gas pedal at the same time. Dealer states there can be no modifications because of design specifications.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #11

Jul 242003

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer stated while traveling at at normal speeds tried "to avoid hitting a deer, consumer slammed foot on brake pedal, foot got stuck between the gas pedal and brake pedal, lost control and hit a mail box. Vehicle was air borne, landing in a neighbor's yard. None of the vehicles air bags deployed.

- Racine, OH, USA

problem #10

Apr 162003

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
The vehicles brake pedal disengage from the master cylinders push rod. The dealer was contacted and repaired the vehicle. The dealer did not volunteer information of other models that has factory recalls for the retainer clip. Refer to recall# 02V266000 scc

- Old Saybrook, CT, USA

problem #9

Dec 062002

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
Consumer stated had problems with brake pedal. Also stated that the brake pedal is 2" higher that the gas pedal. Dealer was contaced and stated that there was a recall but they said that there was no problem with it. The brake pedal and the accelerator pedal is too close together which caused the consumer's foot to hit both and cause an accident.

- Bergenfield, NJ, USA

problem #8

Dec 022002

Taurus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The brake and speed pedal are two and half inches apart. Causing the consumer to apply both at the same time. Please fill in additional information.

- Bridge Forth, CT, USA

problem #7

Oct 012002

Taurus

  • miles
While traveling at about 3 mph, consumer states' pressed brake pedal and vehicle took off through the parking lot, hitting a couple of cars before consumer could safely locate brake pedal and stop. Consumer states there is a recall for the distance between the brake and accelerater pedal. 02 V 266 000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 092002

(reported on)

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
NHTSA recall campaign 02V266000 brake pedal; this vehicle is outside the remedy scope and the vehicle is having the same problem that the recall exhibits.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #5

Oct 022002

Taurus

  • miles
Consumer states that the brake pedal is to close to the accelerator pedal that when trying to apply the brakes the consumer has stepped on the accelerator pedal also. Contacted dealer.

- Annadale, VA, USA

problem #4

Jul 262002

(reported on)

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle is subject to high rpms with mileage reaching up to 35 mph. Brakes are worn due to constant application of pedal for control.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #3

Mar 072002

Taurus

  • miles
Was put into an emergency stop situation, when I applied brakes my brake pedal bent in half causing my foot to come off and land on the gas pedal. I slamed into the car in front of me because of this defect, had the brakes not failed I could of came to a stop with causing an accident. Ford was contacted and refused to acknowledge incident and my insurance company is currently in litagation with Ford over the incident.

- Stow, OH, USA

problem #2

Oct 052001

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE 02 035: Brake/accelerator pedal separation: Pedal adjustable, while applying brakes to slow down from 70 mph accelerator pedal was applied at the same time and almost caused a vehicle crash. Dealer was notified on two occasions. Consumer believes that the brake and gas pedal are too close together.

- Saint Charles, MO, USA

problem #1

Apr 232002

(reported on)

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and upon using brake and accelerator pedals, consumer's foot gets stuck. However, there is an open investigation regarding the pedal separation. Consumer adds that her husband has a size 14 foot which gets caught frequently in between the pedals.

- San Clemente, CA, USA

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