really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,814 miles

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2010 Lincoln MKZ Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 252016


  • 43,000 miles


The contact owned a 2010 Lincoln Mkz. While pulling off from a stop sign and making a right turn, the vehicle accelerated independently and crashed into a pole. The brake pedal was depressed, but failed to respond. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained an injury to the right hand that needed medical attention. The vehicle was towed to a junkyard. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 43,000.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #6

Jan 282016


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Lincoln Mkz. The contact stated that while driving out of a parking lot, the contact proceeded to make a right turn and the vehicle began to accelerate independently. The brakes where depressed but failed to respond. As a result, the vehicle crashed into a snow bank. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred intermittently. A police report was not filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 127,000. Updated 03/16/16

- Monongah, WV, USA

problem #5

Oct 162013


  • 22,464 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Lincoln Mkz. The contact stated that while reversing, the engine rpms increased excessively as the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. The vehicle crashed into two other vehicles. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic but a diagnostic was not performed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 22,464.

- Huntinington Beach , CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 292013


  • 45,000 miles


I was parked almost perpendicular to the curb (that was the way the parking spots were set.) I put the car into reverse and was about to back out when I saw a car in my rear view. I quickly shifted into drive and put my foot on the brake. The car suddenly accelerated forward about a foot or more before striking a lamp post. There was extensive damage to the right front headlight as well as the bumper, grill and hood. The airbags did not deploy and there was no injury to the other 2-passengers. This was not the first time this phenomenon has happened. The sudden surge has occurred at least twice before. Both times when I was on a hill and put my foot on the brake to keep the car from rolling back.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

May 122012

MKZ 6-cyl Diesel

  • 5,100 miles
Backed crookedly into parking slot in public parking lot. Tried to straighten car in slot by slowly moving forward. Car on its own lurched ahead at high rate of speed; brakes had little effect and I struck a parked car. Somehow shifted into reverse and car on its own gained ferocious speed traveling backwards. This forward, then backward pattern continued on its own while I struggled to control the steering wheel. In reverse, car continued gaining speed beyond my control, wheeling about the parking lot and striking 3 or 4 additional autos. During all this time the car shot mostly backward at increasingly faster speeds in wide arcs, in pinball fashion. Eventually the repeated hammering by my car against other parked vehicles slowed my car enough that I could brake finally, and turned off the engine. Altogether my auto had struck and seriously damaged 6 other vehicles. Accelerator seemed stuck during the event, and brakes had no effect until car's speed was sufficiently slowed--before operating. Damage to my auto, particularly the entire front end--grill and front fenders--was extensive.

- Portage, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 232012

MKZ 6-cyl

  • 58,136 miles
Driving at 35 mph, tried to slow down for a stop light. Car would not slow, brakes were ineffective against the motor that was stuck accelerating. I put car in nuetral ( as car engine raced) and coasted into a business parking lot. I shut off car and restarted. Engine revs were normal. I put car back into drive and drove back to work, the RPM's were surging, but not out of control this time.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 112011


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Lincoln Mkz. While attempting to park at approximately 5 mph, the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The contact applied the brakes but the vehicle did not respond. The vehicle crashed into a brick wall causing damage to the front end of the vehicle. The passenger sustained bruising and the vehicle was towed to a local auto body shop. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 20,000. Updated 10/18/11 updated 3/30/12

- Craig, CO, USA

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