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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,442 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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2011 Ford Taurus lights problems

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2011 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #10

May 302016


  • 90,000 miles


While replacing what appeared to be a burned out brake light on the right rear, further inspection revealed the problem was a burned socket and melted plastic bulb base. The bulb was destroyed during attempts to remove it and the plastic base had to be forcibly removed with pliers. It is unknown at this time if a new bulb will even work.

- Pleasant Grove, AL, USA

problem #9

Feb 152016


  • 85,000 miles
Previous recall 14V285000, license plate lighting corrosion. My vehicle had the recall done back in 2013 and this week noticed the license plate lights were not working. When took into dealership they found the wiring harness had corroded and needed to be replaced, again! the concern is the wire harness is still corroding and Ford is not acknowledging a continued issue with the wire harness corrosion.

- Oconto Falls, WI, USA

problem #8

Feb 152016


  • 83,000 miles
The wiring harness for the rear license plate is corroded and needing to be replaced. Dealer states that this VIN is not part of the recall that Ford previously had as it relates to the rear license plate wiring. Was noticed on a regular service call at 83,000 miles that the lights were inoperable. After changing the bulbs and still inoperable took it to Ford dealer to have checked. Dealer stated that if you wiggle the wiring harness it would connect and work but when let go it became inoperable again.

- Oconto Falls, WI, USA

problem #7

Sep 012012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles


My tail lights keep peeling. The chrome around the lights peels. I had replaced 2 years ago under warranty and now they are peeling again. It is a manufacturer issue I think but they need to find a solution as my 3 year old car looks bad with peeling chrome.

- Blue Springs , MO, USA

problem #6

Oct 212013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
We bought the car used August 2013. We took it back for driving lights to be checked. We hadn't driven at night until recently and the bright lights seem like dim lights. The dim lights appear to have a shadow inside or over them. The lights do not show very much of the road ahead. We changed the bulbs thinking they were old and we bought the brightest we could and still no difference. The road appears in shadows and you can't see very far. We will be returning to dealer to see if they can figure out a way to fix this dangerous problem.

- Hazlehurst, GA, USA

problem #5

Sep 082011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Rented a 2011 Ford Taurus in maui; driving back from hana after dark, we couldn't see the right side of the road because of the headlights, which appeared to be severely out of adjustment --- they aimed left. The road is narrow, so we slowed to 25mph, +/-; we hit the end of a broken curb, destroying the right front tire. The rental company is hitting us $800 for a $400 factory mag wheel, plus a new tire. We could have quite easily gone over the edge into the ocean, considering we couldn't see the edge of the road; somebody driving a 2011 Taurus southbound on California highway 1 after dark would be putting their life in jeopardy.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #4

Mar 152011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 0 miles


I bought a new 2011 Ford Taurus in March.the first time I drove it after dark I wondered what was wrong with the headlights. Visibility is very very poor, high beam or low.the lights just don't project down the road. My wife drives it mostly. I hope she doesn't kill herself before I can resolve the issue.

- Ny, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 102011


  • miles
2011 Ford Taurus headlights do not project, have dark spots, can't see properly. Have returned to the dealer several times. They have adjusted and apparently done all they know to do. It is still not correct. It is a very dangerous situation when traveling on interstate late @ night. We have owned and driven many different Ford all our life, specifically a 1994 Taurus and didn't have this problem. It is especially dangerous when there are no other vehicles on the highway. With one of the adjustments there was no vision to the sides of the road. After several adjustments the beams still do not project the proper distance. It seems some kind of shutter is in the way. Love the car and would really like a solution. Hope this can be resolved before someone is seriously injured. Thanks

- Salem, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 202010


  • 20 miles
Headlights do not shine far enough ahead to be able to see anything that's over 200 feet ahead. Only way you can see farther is to use the bright lights all the time. You cant see curves coming up or deer standing in the middle of the road nothing. They just do not shine far enough in front of the car. There is a black line where the lights end like something is blocking the top half of the light. Very dangerous

- Cody, WY, USA

problem #1

Sep 072010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 1,400 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph at night, the headlights on low beam did not provide enough light. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the dealer stated that there was nothing wrong. The failure mileage was approximately 1,400. Updated 02/01/11 updated 02.03.11.

- Egg Habor City, NJ, USA

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