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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,204 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 Owner Comments

problem #13

Jan 082005

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

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

While driving the vehicle at 65, mph, the consumer was coming to an exit, and began to slow down. Then. It accelerated, and the consumer could not stop the vehicle with the brakes. The vehicle is now parked.

- Katy, TX, 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

Aug 012002

(reported on)

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car takes off in reverse & drive as soon as brake released without using gas pedal

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #10

Sep 072001

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,647 miles

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

The vehicle is equipped with adjustable pedals. The pedals are so close together that when the consumer applied the brakes, the engine would surge as if it wanted to continue in drive and not stop. The last incident the vehicle surged to the point consumer could not stop the vehicle. Vehicle was stopped by a fence.

- Georgetown, OH, USA

problem #9

Jun 152002

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying brakes, consumer's foot hit accelerater pedal and vehicle took off over a curve. Consumer feels pedals are too close together.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #8

Apr 232002

Taurus

  • miles
Engine races to 3500-4500 RPM with foot off of accelerator and usually while on brake, hot or cold, in or out of gear, while driving, stopped, or parked. Has nothing to do with pedal spacing, has occurred often enough to verify that foot was either completely off accelerator or completely on brakes. Occurs randomly and without warning, usually around 40 mph in city style driving. Has been serviced three (3) times, has not been duplicated by Ford service techs, nor has the problem been resolved. Happens both with the speed control cable attached or detached from the throttle body. Pedal is not jamming on floor mat or any other footwell obstructions. Has occurred while stopped at a stoplight, required extreme braking effort to keep vehicle stationary, resolved when accelerator depressed on green light. Has also occurred driving into neighborhood, rode brakes until I got to my driveway where heavy braking was applied and car put in park and ignition quickly turned off. During drive thru neighborhood while engine racing was occuring, numerous attempts were made to resolve problem by putting vehicle in nuetral, but had no effect. Vehicle was reentered after sitting in driveway for approx 30-60 minutes. Brake pedal depressed, ignition turned on, foot remained on brake to put vehicle in reverse, immediatley upon putting vehicle in reverse throttle raced and threw vehicle 1.5-2 car lengths backwards before contorl was resumed by firmly applying brakes. During this incident, foot was never removed from brake pedal. Car quickly shut off, and scenario was repeated by father, car brought under control agian, and problem resolved by applying accelarator while in neutral. Other incidents have occured while removing foot from accelarator and coasting. Obviously it is not always safe to resolve problem by accelerating, and is an incredibly dangerous problem.

- Sumter, SC, USA

problem #7

Aug 292001

Taurus

  • miles

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

Gas and brake pedal sit too close together and close to the same height, when Ford was contacted, they didn't want to inspect.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #6

May 282002

Taurus

  • miles
Ford's problems with sudden unintended acceleration and stuck throttles is well known and documented. Ford should recall and fix these vehicles immediately!!!

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #5

May 222002

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
Brake pedal and accelerator pedal are too close to each other. I was coming to a stop and had my work boots on, put my foot on I guess both the brake and accelerator, causing me to bump the car in front of me. No injuries, but neverless a jolt.

- Oak Lawn, IL, USA

problem #4

May 122002

Taurus

  • miles
When trying to apply brakes vehicle started to surge forward because the gas pedal and the accelerater pedal are too close together. Contacted dealer.

- Fox Point, WI, USA

problem #3

Mar 072002

Taurus

  • miles

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

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

Apr 232001

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Due to the brake pedal and gas pedal being so close together, while parking vehicle, consumer hit gas pedal, causing vehicle to accelerate at about 25mph, hitting into a pole and a parked vehicle. Dealer notified.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 132001

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
PE 02 035:brake/accelerator pedal separation: When applying brake, driver's foot mistakenly pressed accelerator pedal, causing vehicle to rearend another vehicle. Dealer and manufacturer were notified. Consumer feels that the problem is the distance of travel between the brake and accelerator pedals being too close.

- Bessemer, AL, USA

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