really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,200 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Ford Taurus wheels / hubs problems

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2001 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

May 022014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 78,300 miles


As I was traveling the rear spring snapped and started to gouge into the tire and cut the tire on the top corner sidewall where the steel belts are now showing also heated up so fast that I was not able to take off the lug nuts of the tire to see what was wrong. This is a common problem according to multiple Ford dealership service advisors and it could be fatal if the tire explodes. Ford claims there is not enough complaints to order a recall for a potential fatal flaw in the car.

- East Norwich, NY, USA

problem #3

Jul 192012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 148,500 miles
Rim (wheel) ripped apart with the lug nuts and center of rim still attached to car / rotor: My son was traveling at approx. 70 mph on the highway when the front right passenger wheel started to shake. Before he could step on the brake the tire and most of the rim was detached from the car causing excessive damage to the front end. From the center lane, the car went skidding out of control to the side of the highway barely missing a large pole and eventually coming to a stop. The mechanic on the scene had never seen anything like this in his long career of mechanics. He told my son that he was very lucky he was on even pavement because the car could have easily flipped causing major injury and probably death. Hood or driver side door won't open. Brakes are not functional. Frame, rotor and lower suspension are damaged. It is presumed that the cost to repair will be more than the car is worth (total loss). I found that another incident just like this was reported to NHTSA on July 27, 2001, VIN-[xxx], so this isn't just a one time occurrence. I felt compelled to report this because I feel that many more are at risk and that this has happened to others who didn't know to report it. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #2

May 222004


  • 30,000 miles
While vehicle was parked/started up rear passenger side wheel intermittently locked up. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Englewood, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 122003

(reported on)

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
Problem with engine failure. The consumer's service dealer had been unable to determine the cause of the engine failure. There was a noise coming from the driver's side wheel (front wheel was chopped), and the vehicle stalled. Various componets were replaced, however the vehicle continued to stall.

- Blandford, MA, USA

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