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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
0 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.

2002 Mercury Sable brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 172007

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Car not handling properly. Brakes squealing. Very poor gas mileage. Car riding lower in back. Sounded/felt like I was riding on a flat, tire pressure was down, but not badly (3 lbs). Took to mechanic for tuneup. Advised rear tire bad with flat spots. Purchased tires to be installed. When mechanic pulled tire/wheel to install, noticed rear spring was broken. Pulled tire/wheel from other side. It too, was broken. One break was new, the other older as ends were rusted over. There are rub marks and wear on the rubber covering over both springs as well as the coating coming off. I have the broken springs and have taken photos that show brakes and discoloration. Two (2) new tires, two (2) rear springs and alignment cost $614.68. I frequently have my grandchildren with me. Either one or both of them could have been severely injured has the pieces come through the seats.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #4

Jul 052005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Mercury Sable, 2002, total brake failure while driving at about 55 mph on freeway 101, I-5 I-10 interchange in heavy morning traffic in los angeles, around 10: O'clock. No collision. Required about two miles to come to a stop. Chp report: Ncic # 9590. VIN: 1mefm55S2G626338.

- Acton, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 252005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving a tractor trailer jumped in front of consumer's vehicle. Driver applied the brakes and the pedal went to the floor. Driver lost control of the vehicle and slid underneath tractor trailer. The driver's side airbag did not deploy, but the passenger's side air bag did deploy. Driver sustained head injuries and died thirty minutes later.

- Broxton, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 252004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving consumer applied the brakes to avoid another vehicle and it crashed into the other vehicle on the passenger's side. No injuries reported. Vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection, but mechanic could not duplicate the problem. On 11-01-04 the problem recurred. The

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 182002

(reported on)


  • miles
While traveling 5 mph and attempting avoid a crash consumer depressed brake pedal with force to floorboard resulting in accelerator pedal being depressed at the same time. This caused a crash.

- Waterford, CT, USA

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