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NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,896 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 #7

Nov 252012

Sable 6-cyl

  • 170,242 miles


Driving at appox 30 mph car began to accelerate to over 60 mph with brakes being fully applied. Slowed car as much as possible before shifting car into park and car skidding off road to a stop. Brakes were smoking from trying to stop car. Car towed to mechanic. Accident happened on rt 16 East of rt 395 in webster MA at 11:30 am.

- Webster, MA, USA

problem #6

Apr 292011


  • 75,000 miles
Left front spring broke gouging an 8 inch tear in tire side wall causing a blowout and damage to anti-lock brake system. Transmission mount was also damaged. If this had happened at highway speeds, loss of steering control and braking could have caused serious injuries. Ford denies any responsibility. I was told that Ford had admitted frequent spring failure on its 1999 to 2001 Taurus/Sable vehicles and installed guards to protect the tires from blowout. This is second spring failure in 2 years. The first time was the right rear spring broke damaging strut and gouging tire but not causing deflation. Two spring failures on the same vehicle in 2 years indicate that it is not an isolated incident. This is time bomb waiting for someone to get seriously injured.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #5

Feb 032007

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
Every since I got this car the brakes have not stopped like they should. I feel this is a safety issure. Has there been any other complaints like this?

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #4

May 082005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles


I put my foot on the brake, and the car accelerated and I was unable to stop causing an accident. This has also happened on several other occassions causing near miss accidents.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #3

Jan 192004


  • 18,029 miles
While driving brakes proceeded to the floor and the vehicle surged forward. As a result, driver had to put the vehicle into neutral. Dealer stated theat battery voltage was low.

- Bedminster, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 022003

(reported on)


  • 42,000 miles
While driving 60 mph the vehicles brakes were applied and the brake pedal went to the floor. The vehicle skid about one hundred feet before it rear ended another vehicle.

- Kaplan, LA, USA

problem #1

Apr 022003

Sable 6-cyl

  • miles
When the brakes were applied, the pedal traveled to the floor, the dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. When traveling at high speeds the problem would occur. Scc

- Washington, DC, USA

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