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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,225 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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2012 Ford Taurus engine problems

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2012 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 082016

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Ford Taurus. While driving 75 mph with the cruise control activated, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was pulled over, placed in park, and restarted on the initial attempt. The failure recurred after approximately seven miles. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 21,000. On May 16, 2016 after driving a very short distance, the vehicle stalled again without any type of warning. It started immediately after the consumer put the vehicle in park. The consumer had no power brakes or power steering. However, the turn signals and horn worked. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. However, they were unable to find the problem. Updated 06/08/16. Status update 07/06/16. Updated 08/04/16.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #1

Mar 242012


  • 1,450 miles
03/24/2012. 1st failure mileage approx.1,450: Driving on I-95S at approx. 70 mph, raining condition, wipers in use, headlights on. Suddenly the instrument panel lights went dark, wipers stopped in the middle of windshield, engine cut off. Was able to steer car from middle lane to road side and braked. Put car in park, lights still out, engine would not start. In less a minute, on the middle instrument gauge a green lighted message displayed: "power accessories..." for a very short time. Then car restarted. Ford services could not find any problem or error code. 08/04/2012. 2nd failure mileage approx. 5,360: Nice hot day of summer. After stopping at a travel center parking lot, drove about 25 yards in the parking lot at approx. 10 mph, the instrument panel lights went out and the engine cut off. Car would not start in "neutral" but started in "park" position right away. Ford services could not find any problem or error code. In both incidents, the passenger was accessing the "multi-media console" for radio station or gps.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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