Recalls


CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - PEDALS AND LINKAGES
02V266000FORD MOTOR COMPANYfrom 05/03/1999 to 09/14/2001V (Vehicle)36961409/13/2002ODIFORD MOTOR COMPANY10/02/200210/04/2002
Defect SummaryCertain passenger vehicles equipped with adjustable padels are being recalled in order to adjust the brake and accelerator pedals to a minimum of 50 mm of lateral separation. simultaneous application of both the brake and accelerator pedals could result in an increase in engine rpm.
Consequence SummaryThis could result in a customer experiencing an unintended vehicle speed increase or a perceived unable to stop condition.
Corrective SummaryOwners will be instructed as to the proper way to set the position of the pedals and to take their vehicles to a dealer to have the spacing between the brake and accelerator pedals measured. if the spacing is found to be less than 50 mm, the dealer will adjust the pedals to increase the distance between them to greater than 50 mm. owner notification began october 28, 2002. owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact ford at 1-866-436-7332.
NotesAlso contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS
9919409/20/19996090082Information for servicing and diagnosing brake vibration, brake inspection, and brake friction material replacement. *tt03/06/2000
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC - ROTOR
781901/01/20007819612210The roter covers have been installed to reduce corrosion while in dealer storage and reduce the potential for brake shudder/vibration concerns. therefore; do not remove rotor cover until just prior to vehicle delivery to the customer.06/07/2000
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - SWITCHES - BRAKE LIGHT
0217609/02/200210008580Lamp-brake-invadvertent disabling of brake shift interlock. *mj08/05/2004
025103/04/2002636069On some vehicles, there may be an inadvertent stop lamp switch activation with the brake pedal not depressed. *tt11/05/2002

Investigations


NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
PE02035FORD MOTOR COMPANY03/15/200210/22/2002BRAKE/ACCEL PEDAL SEPARATION02V266000
 Allege that some pedal clusters may have been produced with the brake pedal substantially closer to the accelerator pedal than specified by ford.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - PEDALS AND LINKAGES
RP03001FORD MOTOR COMPANY10/31/200303/23/2004BRAKE/ACCELERATOR PEDAL APPLICATION
 Ms. rodman reported that after her vehicle was inspected for the recall, her mother experienced a sudden acceleration and crashed the sable into a light pole.previously nhtsa had conducted an investigation for this issue (pe02-035) that resulted in the recall (02v-266) of 369,000 my 2000-2002 taurus and sable vehicles equipped with adjustable brake and accelerator pedals to insure that the separation between the pedals was at least 50mm..a review of odi's database for complaints regarding recall 02v-266 did not identify any recall remedy complaints other than the petitioner's.ms. rodman
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - SWITCHES - BRAKE LIGHT
RQ03008FORD MOTOR COMPANY10/23/200303/05/2004BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH FAILURE04V106000
 Ford conducted a recall in march, 2001 to correct a defect affecting the brake light switch in my 2000 through early-2001 taurus and sable vehicles equipped with power adjustable pedals (recall 01v-078).rq03-008 was opened to investigate complaints concerning the remedy and scope of 01v-078.odi's analysis identified concerns with post-repair failures in recalled vehicles,failures in my 2001-02 vehicles with adjustable pedals that were not included in recall 01v-078, and failures in my 2000 vehicles with fixed pedals.(note: the manufacturer failure data in this resume includes all crashes and injuries, but the complaint information is limited to my 2001-02 vehicles that were not included in the scope of recall 01v-078.)on march 1, 2004, ford notified nhtsa of a safety defect in my 2000 through early-2003 taurus and sable vehicles equipped with adjustable pedals and my 2000 subject vehicles equipped with fixed pedals (recall 04v-106).the notification identified three factors contributing to brake light circuit failures:(1) continuing grease contamination issues that prompted 01v-078; (2) misalignment of the booster rod pin and the brake light switch; and (3) wire assembly fatigue.the first two conditions were limited to vehicles with adjustable pedals and the latter condition affected vehicles with fixed pedals.ford will instruct owners to bring their vehicles to a dealer to have the brake light switch and associated wiring replaced with a re-designed brake light switch and wiring assembly.

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
SERVICE BRAKES
02/16/20131650001
 When driving down street about 25mph, i went to stop a stop sign and the brake pedal went to floor. i checked fluid level and was full. then took to shop where they had no answers for why it happened. since then i drove home and now there's no brakes at all. we checked for broke lines and replaced calibers and still no pedal. i've had brakes bleed too. *tr
02/16/2013165000
 When driving down street about 25mph,i went to stop a stop sign and the brake pedal went to floor.i checked fluid level and was full.then took to shop where they had no answers for why it happened.since then i drove home and now theres no brakes at all.we checked for broke lines and replaced calibers and still no pedal.ive had brakes bleed too.
02/16/2013165000
 When driving down street about 25mph,i went to stop a stop sign and the brake pedal went to floor.i checked fluid level and was full.then took to shop where they had no answers for why it happened.since then i drove home and now theres no brakes at all.we checked for broke lines and replaced calibers and still no pedal.ive had brakes bleed too.
02/16/2013165000
 When driving down street about 25mph,i went to stop a stop sign and the brake pedal went to floor.i checked fluid level and was full.then took to shop where they had no answers for why it happened.since then i drove home and now theres no brakes at all.we checked for broke lines and replaced calibers and still no pedal.ive had brakes bleed too.
10/01/201250000
 The brake lights not actuateand not be able the shift out of park is
10/01/201250000
 The brake lights not actuateand not be able the shift out of park is
10/01/201250000
 The brake lights not actuateand not be able the shift out of park is
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR - CONTROLS
02/17/2000
 Adjustable brake and gas pedal loose, adjustment have almost caused accidents, located to close together, need to be redesign
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR - DISC - CALIPER
08/14/200008/01/2000
 Left front caliper fell off and ford motor was not concerned
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR - DISC - ROTOR
10/19/2003230003
 I work in the county juvenile probation department. we have a fleet of ford taurus vehicles and i have one of my own. the department has 3 and i have one 2000 taurus plus we have several 2002 and 2003 taurus'. we have to replaced the rotors on the front end of two of the office owned cars and my own personal car with less than 30,000 miles. mine was replaced at 20-22,000 miles and it is again vibrating in the steering wheel (37,000 miles) when i stepped on the brakes lightly at a speed of around 50-60 mph. i don't know if this is a problem with all of the 2000 taurus but it seems to be with the ones i have come into contact with. *la
12/16/200239658207/15/2001
 2000 ford taurus (24 valve duratech engine) complaint #1 - warped rotors at 21,757 miles. paid to have machined, not covered under warranty. complaint #2 - excessive fuel odor inside car. bad fuel line gasket $476 to repair. this was an ongoing problem that started with replacement of fuel pump and fuel injectors @ about 22,000 miles (under warranty) but now is being repaired as a bad fuel line gasket (not under warranty) @ 39,000 miles and to the tune of $476 dollars.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
03/29/2012187000
 Tl - the contact owns a 2000 ford taurus. the contact stated that while driving 40 mph downhill with the brake pedal depressed all the way to the floorboard, the vehicle failed to stop. the contact mentioned that in order to stop the vehicle, she had to shift into neutral and drive over the sidewalk, crashing into a sign. a police report was filed and no injuries were reported. the vehicle was not taken to the dealer. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure who filed a report on the contact's behalf. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileage was 187,000. kmj
03/29/2012187000
 Tl - the contact owns a 2000 ford taurus. the contact stated that while driving 40 mph while going down a hill with the brake pedal depressed all the way to the floor, it failed to stop the vehicle. the contact mentioned that in order to stop the vehicle she had to shift to neutral and drove over the sidewalk hitting a signed. a police report was filed and no injuries were reported. the vehicle was not taken to the dealer. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure who file a report and referred her to nhtsa. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileage was 187,000. pm
03/29/2012187000
 Tl - the contact owns a 2000 ford taurus. the contact stated that while driving 40 mph while going down a hill with the brake pedal depressed all the way to the floor, it failed to stop the vehicle. the contact mentioned that in order to stop the vehicle she had to shift to neutral and drove over the sidewalk hitting a signed. a police report was filed and no injuries were reported. the vehicle was not taken to the dealer. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure who file a report and referred her to nhtsa. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileage was 187,000. pm
03/29/2012187000
 Tl - the contact owns a 2000 ford taurus. the contact stated that while driving 40 mph while going down a hill with the brake pedal depressed all the way to the floor, it failed to stop the vehicle. the contact mentioned that in order to stop the vehicle she had to shift to neutral and drove over the sidewalk hitting a signed. a police report was filed and no injuries were reported. the vehicle was not taken to the dealer. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure who file a report and referred her to nhtsa. the vehicle was not repaired. the failure and current mileage was 187,000. pm
06/01/200635000
 Tl-the contact owns a 2000 ford taurus. the contact stated that he applied the brake pedal, while driving approximately 5 mph, and the vehicle began to surge forward. the vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. there was a recall under nhtsa campaign id number: 02v266000 (service brakes, hydraulic:pedals and linkages) that may be related to the failure. the manufacturer was contacted and stated the vin was not included in the recall. the approximate failure mileage was 35,000. sm.
06/01/200635000
 Tl- the contact owns a 2000 ford taurus. while driving approximately 5 mph the contact depressed the brake pedal but stated the vehicle began to accelerate and brake simultaneously on its own. the contact stated the vehicle mainly accelerated. the vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics. the vehicle was not repaired. there was a recall under nhtsa campaign id number: 02v266000 (service brakes, hydraulic:pedals and linkages) that may be related to the failure. the manufacturer was contacted and stated the vin was not included in the recall. the approximate failure mileage was 35,000. ds
06/01/200635000
 Tl- the contact owns a 2000 ford taurus. while driving approximately 5 mph the contact depressed the brake pedal but stated the vehicle began to accelerate and brake simultaneously on its own. the contact stated the vehicle mainly accelerated. the vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics. the vehicle was not repaired. there was a recall under nhtsa campaign id number: 02v266000 (service brakes, hydraulic:pedals and linkages) that may be related to the failure. the manufacturer was contacted and stated the vin was not included in the recall. the approximate failure mileage was 35,000. ds
06/01/200635000
 Tl- the contact owns a 2000 ford taurus. while driving approximately 5 mph the contact depressed the brake pedal but stated the vehicle began to accelerate and brake simultaneously on its own. the contact stated the vehicle mainly accelerated. the vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics. the vehicle was not repaired. there was a recall under nhtsa campaign id number: 02v266000 (service brakes, hydraulic:pedals and linkages) that may be related to the failure. the manufacturer was contacted and stated the vin was not included in the recall. the approximate failure mileage was 35,000. ds
06/01/20021
 Brakes when i purchased car they were good first inspection period champion ford had to change all even master cylinder they have not worked right since you feel as if you cannot stop on time. i complained several times to champion ford i even filed a complaint awhile back with ford motor company about there repairs of any type on my car. i then began to take it to ferraro ford which has now closed up but they were not happy with the brakes either they even contacted ford about what might be done. i just need to know if there was ever a recall or safety concern. *tr
02/17/20091420001
 My mother had a horrifying experience and a accident while driving my 2000 ford taurus. as she was putting car in drive, when leaving restaurant the car suddenly went out of control and sped up on its own and even while she had her foot on the brake all the way to floor car would not stop, the accelerator was stuck and she was terrified as she was heading head on to the restaurants brick building where she ended up crashing into and people inside restaurant said they were hurt as well as my car got badly damaged and the building. my mother and the people inside are lucky to be alive because of this problem with the gas pedal and brakes this could have been a deadly accident. my mother is bruised and still very sore from the accident and the impact was so hard when she crashed into the brick building that both front air bags failed to deploy. please someone needs to look into this because this i understand that this has happen to others who own 2000 ford taurus. i called ford and they said they had a recall on this vehicle in 2002 and the problem was corrected but here it is 2009 and it has happened again so something isn't right with these cars and it shouldn't have to take someone to die before ford realizes that this problem is still happening and they need to do something about this. there are several complaints about this same problem. and if ford said they corrected the problem in 2002 then why is it still happening??????????? please do something before its to late. i was really upset after reading all the complaints about 2000 ford taurus owners who are having the same problem with there car and this was after the 2002 recall when ford claim they fixed it. i wish i knew this before i brought the car or even let my mother drive it because i would never have put her life or others in jeopardy like that. tow truck had to pull my car from building and then it had to be towed away. *tr
11/01/20052
 Consumer right rear coil spring broke cutting into tire. *ts (11/16/05) the brakes were grinding and there was a clunking noise in the rear since the coil springs were replaced. *sc
09/22/200452558207/26/2003
 Consumer drove home in the rain, and sixdays later while attempting to drive back wheels would not turn. he had the vehicle towed to the dealer, and was told that the rear brakes rusted together. consumer had the rear brakes/shoes replaced, and the rotors turned. consumer never heard of rear brakes rusting, and did not think warranty would pay for it. *ak *nm
08/01/2004110/01/2003
 While backing out of a parking space the vehicle brakes failed which resulted in the vehicle hitting a guardrail. since this failure the new master cylinder has failed again. *ak *nm
02/17/2003311/10/2000
 Nar 06/19/2003. *mr the consumer has encountered numerous amount of problems with the vehicle. first the transmission was leaking fluid the brakes failed twice in a year. the vehicle was repaired at dobbs ford two times and both parts were not under warranty and again after being fixed the brakes failed. as a result of the vehicle defect the consumer has lost her car insurance and is unable to purchase anymore because no other company want to risk another accident with the brakes. the consumer believes ford should except responsibility for this car before some is hurt. *cb the consumers nephew was driving the vehicle and crashed into a concrete block and the air bags failed to deploy. *jb
03/13/20041
 While driving 25 mph the consumer attempted to brake but noticed that the vehicle was not stopping. to avoid hitting another car the consumer hit a curb ruining two new tires and wheels. the consumer believes a recall (02v266000) on the nhtsa website is possibly the cause of her brake failure. *ph *nm
06/15/200335000
 Main problem is the transmission....in reverse it starts to buck and grind; motor mount also failed
06/15/200350000
 Everytime i drive the brakes get really hot and they fail and the abs keeps pulsing and then it gets hard to stop
03/14/20045275004/09/2000
 Consumer complained about a brake problem. consumer was parking the vehicle and when the brakes were applied vehicle would not stop. vehicle was towed to the dealer, and consumer was told there was no problem with the brakes. consumer received a second opinion at an independent brake shop, and was told there was no brake problem. *ak when the brakes were applied the pedal went to the floor and the vehicle would not stop. *nm
03/02/20043
 While driving consumer applied brakes and pedal went to the floor. driver was able to maintain control of vehicle. then, drove vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic was not able to resolve the problem. *ak
12/12/2003109/01/2003
 Due to the brakes on a 2000 ford taurus that i just purchased i was the cause of an accident because the brakes wouln't allow me to stop.as an owner i was not instructed to the proper way to set the position of the pedals.ak
10/27/2001450001
 I have had my brakes worked on my 2000 taurus about every 6 months. i have been told by 2 mechanics that the car model is severely under braked. the problem causes the rotors to warp. i have had one accident with the car were i should have been able to stop if the brakes operated properly. *la
06/02/2003202/22/2001
 Since the purchase of the vehicle there was a problem with the brakes. the front brakes locked up, especially in wet weather. the dealer attempted to fix the vehicle twice, and stated there were no other remedies to fix this problem. *ak the brake problem continued. the front brakes locked up in emergency stop situations. the consumer's daughter was in a minor accident due to brake failure. *scc *jb
10/10/200123876206/01/2000
 Tires: reported vibration , shimmy and pulling to the left. took to dealer 6/24/2000 (1829) miles, balanced tires. on 11/14/2000 (9061)miles, 04/23/2001 (12871) balanced tires. finally, 5/25/2001 (14518) replaced two front tires. vibration and shimmy stopped but kept pulling to the left. on 10/10/2001 (23876) miles, charged me for alignment, car stopped pulling. transmission: at approximately 40800 miles car had a noticeable shudder while going in reverse. took to the dealer and was told it was a cracked casing as noted in tsb 15559 nhtsa number (630095) caused by miss manufacture of a part. was informed dealer or ford motor co. would not assist with repair cost to exceed $1495. brakes: reported brake problem on 5/25/2001 and 10/10/2001 when it was server, shaking and control problems when stopping. dealer cut front rotors which was out of spec.- problem is back. fuel: have smelled gas in my car many times. bought to dealers attention and of course could not find anything. car is to have 18 gal. tank but runs out of gas before that. gas gauge reads empty at 12 gal. and was told it was built to be that way. several complaints filed with you also describe my problems. odi numbers 760669, 896396, 897642 and 862471 are some. *ph *nlm **dimsii ivoq entry posted after 12/12/02 cut over to artemis**769760
03/03/200345500104/11/2000
 2000 ford taurus se, abs, traction control, 3.0 24 valve engine. this month we had to replace the rear brakes with only 45,500 miles on the car. the vehicle is kept in house garage. after driving a few days on rain slick roads and after being in the garage overnight the rear brakes had locked shut and would not allow the vehicle to move. it took several times through-out the day of gentle shifting between drive and reverse to ge the rear brakes to unlock and free the car to move. took the car immediately to a nearby goodyear dealer to have the brakes checked. the brakes appeared to have rusted shut. the brake cylinder covers on both rear wheels had burned holes in them from the excessive heat created by driving with rusted brakes. the emergency brake cable was not involved in the problem, and it did not show any evidence of being locked. called the local ford dealer to find out if ford would take care of the problem and was advised that since the 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty had expired ford wasn't interested in reviewing the problem. ford dealer offered to make repairs at my expense and then file a report with ford. i chose to have goodyear fix the brakes, and kept the rusted burned parts for future review if necessary. situation created a potentially dangerous situation whereby the rear brakes could have heated to the point of causing a fire or other serious problems if we had to take the vehicle on a long distance drive. ford and the nhtsa needs to look at this problem as potentially dangerous. *nlm
 While the brakes were applied and rattling sound could be heard in the rear of the vehicle. *nlm
01/17/200332151209/16/2000
 The brake system in our car has not performed properly on wet roads many times. on jan 21st, 2002 and mar 13th, 2002, we asked muzi ford to fix this problem. they could not find the problem. they reported, it is common to confuse abs activation with difficulty stopping. in fact, our car is not equipped with abs. on the morning of jan 17th, 2003, my husband was driving in the slow lane of i-95; the car in front of our car came to a sudden stop. he immediately braked. he was still far away, and the speed was only 45-50 mph, the road was wet and our cars brake system did not work properly and it hit the front car. there are many problems with our car. the emergency brake on/off has been adjusted, the transmission fluid and both front axle seal have leaked twice; steeling fluid has leaked once, the brake light, gas cap assembly and solenoid canister have been replace, and the wiper motor park switch has been recalled. please help us to solve the brake system problem with ford motor company.*jb note: did not count as crash for rq03008 since crash was not due to brake light issue.
1
 When the brake was applied, the vehicle vibrated.*jb
603/27/2000
 Consumer states brake switch is defective the brake lights to stay on after shutting the vehicle off. the brake lights are inoperative when the brake pedal is applied. also with the brake pedal applied it is impossible to move the shifter out of park position due to the malfunction of the brake switch. brake switch, stop lamp and wiring assembly all had to be replaced twice. however, problem still exist. *tt *nlm
12/01/20015000
 Consumer states that when weather is 32 degrees or lower the brakes do not function properly and require excessive effort. the brake pedal will not depress and will stick at top. if vehicle is being driven and brakes are applied, the car will not stop. the dealer has attempted to repair 2 times unsuccessfully. ts
10/02/2002
 While turning a corner with foot on brake, consumer states the vehicle failed to slow down and resulted in a collision. cause is unknown. please provide further information. ph
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - ANTILOCK
05/07/200676469103/03/2003
 Tl*the contact owns a 2000 ford taurus. the vehicle was taken to the mechanic to have an alignment done. mechanic advised that the vehicle had two rear broken springs, struts and strut mounts. the left rear tire was damaged from the broken spring. there had been no failure before the alignment. the current and failure mileage were 76,469. updated 02-01-08 *bf the consumer stated took vehicle to genoa ford for brake repair not an alignment. the consumer further stated the alignment was necessary due to the defect. updated 02/01/08 *tr
10/03/2006875001
 Tl*- the contact stated the 2001 chevrolet silverado 2500 had abs problems. the contact found a recall 05v379000 concerning the service brakes, hydraulic:antilock. while driving at any speed and depressing the brake pedal firmly he felt a rumbling in the brake pedal, and extended stopping distance. he checked the brake fluid and it looked to be okay. the rumbling was also audible, the harder one applied the brakes the louder it became. he stated that there were no indicator lights prior to the failure. the failure mileage was 87,500 and the current mileage was 91,5000.*ak
09/07/20041
 Consumer states that he is having problems with the abs. the consumer stated that when he was traveling at about 35-40 mph and attempting to make a stop, the brakes made a grinding noise, then after he pumped the brakes he heard a noise and the vehicle did not stop. he stated he has taken the vehicle to the midas brakes shop and was told that, the problem lies within his abs. he stated he has only had the vehicle 6 mos and has been having this problem since he obtained the vehicle. *jb
07/27/20041014376
 When applying the brake pedal proceeds to the floor intermittently.*ak
07/29/20046000006/20/2000
 My 2000 ford taurus was expericing a grinding noise upon braking during slow speed stops. had ford dealer check brake componants and they found that the abs sensing rings were cracked. when asked why theses ring were cracked i was told by the service manager at ray price ford in mt pocono pa. that this was do to poor wormanship.
12/21/2003320622
 Dealer replaced brake switch last april. on december 21, 2003 while driving consumer applied the brakes and brakes did not perform properly. took vehicle to the dealer, and they indicated the need to replace once again the brake switch. *ak
06/27/2003300001
 Consumer states brakes failed completely. dealer notified. *ak
07/22/2002
 Brakes will grind when applied most of the time, pedal feels spongy. vehicle has not been examined by dealer.*ak
01/01/2002
 When applying brakes at slow speed there is a grinding sound and the pedal goeds to the floor, resulting in extended stopping distance. dealer has replaced rotors, but could not find a problem. rotor replacement did not remedy the problem.*ak
06/01/200212/01/2099
 The catalytic converter has been repaired twice and is out again. the abs brakes failed almost causing an accident. *ak
06/01/2000105/01/2000
 Abs light on dash was intermittent for months. tone ring finally found loose & cracked, ready to damage abs sensor. *ak
 There is a malfunction within abs system. while applying brakes there is no stopping point, vehicle will continue to skid a couple of feet further.*ak
208/01/2000
 There were two incidents where while driving at low speed (10mph) abs light turned on and engine made very strong noise. after stopping and moving to neutral in order to turn off the engine, the engine made even a louder squeaking noise. after turning off the engine and restarting the car all went back to normal. this happened twice over the last month and concerns me about what would happen if i were driving in on highway at a higher speed. the dealer tried to look at the problem, but did not identify it and does not know the source of the problem.*ak
07/23/2001
 While driving at 15mph in traffic brakes went out and consumer hit another vehicle. contacted dealer, and dealer stated brakes were bad and had to be repaired.*ak
08/24/20012507/01/2001
 When applying brakes at stop the car still rolled foward and when applying brakes there is a sound and brake pedal vibrates. cotacted dealer and they haven't taken problem serious.*ak
08/03/20012
 Took car because brakes were squeaking and vibrating during use, rotors were warped, vehicle was sold like this, also had problems starting vehicle. took into shop for repair, when drove car next day, brakes were worse, when stopping at 35-40 mph brake pedal went to floor and vibrated alot. *ak
08/03/20012
 Took car because brakes were squeaking and vibrating during use, rotors were warped, vehicle was sold like this, also had problems starting vehicle. took into shop for repair, when drove car next day, brakes were worse, when stopping at 35-40 mph brake pedal went to floor and vibrated alot. *ak
01/01/20013005/01/2000
 Usually if car hot inside, abs warning light on dash stays on. brakes seem to work, but abs status light will stay on. if turn off and back on, may turn off.
05/10/20010
 While driving would step on brake peda,l but vehicle will keep going forward. *ak
03/30/2001203/08/2000
 Anti-lock system brake light comes on, and brakes don't operate properly. dealership is aware of problem.*ak vehicle was stuck in park, dealer replaced the brake lamp switch, a few weeks later , the abs light illuminated, vehicle had no brake lights or signal lights, no window power, or radio and cd power, dealer replaced the brake lamp switch again, consumer states 3 days after purchase the alarm switch went off and locked vehicle, ignition switch has been replaced twice. *slc
 Brake pedal was on soft side. would only go 3/4 before brakes catch. vehicle felt as if it was coasting whenever brakes were applied. took to dealer, and a diagnostic test was done. nothing was found.*ak
02/28/2001202/01/2000
 Braking for a stop at bottom of a slope, suddenly accelerated ... stood up on brake pedal in order to stop at all.
01/31/2001105/11/2000
 Vehicle was in an head-on accident at 35 mph none of safety features worked, including air bags/seat belts, and brakes. dealer has been contacted.*ak
01/20/2001
 When applying brakes at 25 mph pedal would go to floor. also, engine would make a loud grinding sound. this problem has occurred once on snowy road, and twice on dry road. vehicle been in dealer shop on several occasions, and unable to correct problem. please feel free to provide any further details on this matter. *ak
05/01/2000
 My father took his taurus to the dealer for brakes. while there they reprogrammed the computer. when they did this they put the wrong code in causing the vehicle not to start. when he called them to find out why they had reprogrammed the computer he was told that there was a risk of fire and explosion. his complaint is 1) if there is such a high risk of fire and explosion with the 2000 taurus why hasn't a recall been issued, and 2) if the risk is low, why are they making this repair without the owners knowledge or conscent. please contact him at the number i have provided as soon as possible to discuss this further. thank you :-) ps i have submitted this complaint on behalf of my father. any info left out he can provide. *ak
 Brakes are acting erractically ,brakes will go to floor, and sometimes harden up. dealer cannot determine cause. please provide further information.*ak
 A noise occurred within rear brakes when brakes were applied, and when the vehcile was in reverse, cause unknown. please give any further details.*ak
09/25/20003
 Since may of 2000 there was a problem with the starter system jamming. consequences of down systems...such as windshield wipers, abs, traction control, turn signals,a/c and blower. one incident led to complete shut down of car...dead would not start. dealer replaced two starters and then one starter switch'. that failed as well and dealer tried to repair on 9/25/2000 and confessed they could not and that they had conferred with ford before last two repairs and they said ford knew of this problem and didn't expect a fix till 4th qtr.. they told me there is no safety issue here and i question that because my car whent into complete shut down of all systems and dealer couldn't even start it.
09/25/20003
 Since may of 2000 there was a problem with the starter system jamming. consequences of down systems...such as windshield wipers, abs, traction control, turn signals,a/c and blower. one incident led to complete shut down of car...dead would not start. dealer replaced two starters and then one starter switch'. that failed as well and dealer tried to repair on 9/25/2000 and confessed they could not and that they had conferred with ford before last two repairs and they said ford knew of this problem and didn't expect a fix till 4th qtr.. they told me there is no safety issue here and i question that because my car whent into complete shut down of all systems and dealer couldn't even start it.
07/27/2000107/01/2000
 I purchased a 2000 model ford taurus lx from marietta ford on 7/10/2000. the vin # is 1fafp5227ya253622. on 7/27 my wife was involved in a collision while driving this vehicle. upon investigation and repair the airbag sensors failed, causing the airbags to not deploy. the traction control system malfunctioned, causing the brakes and wheels to lock and making the vehicle unable to stop to avoid a collision. ford has failed to take responsibility despite repeated attempts to contact them and forwarding them all the appropriate information. in light of the recent spate of defects reported from ford, it appears they now have an additional issue.*ak
09/01/2000102/01/2000
 Consumer was traveling about 25mph on a side street while it was raining at that evening. she was going down a mountain hill and vehicle stalled without prior warning. vehicle started to slide to left into the cross lane. she applied brakes, and there was no response. then, she slammed into a mud enbankment. started vehicle up, and she drove away to the service department. a week before that incident, service department kept vehicle for five days. mechanic gave her serveral pages of investigation of vehicle, and told her that she had to use summer blend gasoline so that her vehicle wouldn't stall. *ak
07/27/2000
 While driving abs braking system malfunctioned, causing wheels to lock up in dry conditions, which had a 36 feet long of skid marks,and resulted in a frontal impact. driver's and passenger's air bags did not deploy, and did not protect the occupants in this crash. please provide further information. *ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - ANTILOCK - ABS WARNING LIGHT
08/03/200446000108/01/2001
 Defective abs speed indicator ring. it is cracked,slides off the axle and contacts the lower control arm causing front end vibration and noise. there are no abs error messages or indicators. my concern is that in a panic stop the this will cause incorrect information to the abs braking system and cause poor braking. ford service says there are no service bulletins & want to charge me $200 to fix what i consider a manufacturing defect.*ak
10/15/200340000306/03/2000
 While driving abs light appeared on the dashbroad intermittently. *ak dealership failed to fix defective brake light switch. the case was reported to the dispute settlement board. *cb
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS
08/03/200446000108/01/2001
 Defective abs speed indicator ring. it is cracked,slides off the axle and contacts the lower control arm causing front end vibration and noise. there are no abs error messages or indicators. my concern is that in a panic stop the this will cause incorrect information to the abs braking system and cause poor braking. ford service says there are no service bulletins & want to charge me $200 to fix what i consider a manufacturing defect.*ak
07/10/2001608/25/2000
 While braking the consumer can hear a buzzing noise from the vehicle and the vehicle experiences extended stopping distance, this problem ocurs intermittently and the consumer feels this is a safety hazard. *ak *nlm
08/01/2002
 Brakes are leaking oil, and will not hold. dealership is aware of problem.*ak
02/09/2002402/12/2000
 Brake pedal keeps going to the floor, when brakes are applied, it appears as if brakes are gone. contacted dealer. this is a common problem.*ak consumer also stated the brakes were squeaking. *jb
08/25/20004
 Consumer states when making a panic stop, the front brakes vibrate 50-60 mph, the vehicle glides when making a stop, this occurs when a consumer hits a bump in the road or applying the brakes on a curve, also when coming to s stop brakes make a grinding noise, the dealer has turned rotors and drums and replaced rear brake shoes, however the problem still remains.*jb
01/14/20022
 While in motion, consumer stepped on brakes and it made a grinding noise and the wheel would shake. consumer had vehicle serviced, both front rotors were machined. the problem still exists along with the brake, when pressed it goes all the way to the floor. *jg
01/14/20022
 While in motion, consumer stepped on brakes and it made a grinding noise and the wheel would shake. consumer had vehicle serviced, both front rotors were machined. the problem still exists along with the brake, when pressed it goes all the way to the floor. *jg
311/14/2000
 Vehicle is equipped with a feature that adjusts brake pedal. when applying brakes, driver can mistakenly press accelerator due to design. *ak each time the vehicle has failed to brake, the motor roars and the car jumps forward. *jg
08/25/20004
 Consumer states when making a panic stop, the front brakes vibrate 50-60 mph, the vehicle glides when making a stop, this occurs when a consumer hits a bump in the road or applying the brakes on a curve, also when coming to s stop brakes make a grinding noise, the dealer has turned rotors and drums and replaced rear brake shoes, however the problem still remains.*jb
07/31/2001108/01/2000
 Consumer was slowing down for a traffic light when vehicle started to accelerate instead of slowing down. consumer shifted into neutral , heard engine rev. shut key off in order to stop vehicle. restarted vehicle, and it ran normal for another mile. consumer will contact dealer to determine cause.*ak consumer has noticed that tauruses with adjustable pedals have a softer brake pedal with more play than other vehicles. *slc
05/17/2000105/01/2000
 Brakes failed. *slc
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC
07/22/2002
 Brakes will grind when applied most of the time, pedal feels spongy. vehicle has not been examined by dealer.*ak
 While driving at highway speed applied brakes and without warning vehicle will vibrate violently. dealer has been notified; however had not remedied the problem.*ak
02/21/20024503/01/2000
 While traveling between 55-60 mph and hitting the brakes, the front end and steering wheel shake very badly. braking is very dangerous. resurfacing discs is not the answer. the rotors must be replaced. ford motor company, not the consumer, should pay for this as this is a vehicle defect. i feel unsafe driving this vehicle at this time.*ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC - CALIPER
05/20/200209/01/2001
 It appears that the original calipers on both rear brakes became frozen. on saturday, 5/18, 2002 i noticed a grinding sound. i took the car to midas on monday 5/20, 2002. all rear brake parts had to be replaced as it was a metal to metal situation. since the car was unsafe to drive, i had the repairs done at midas.*ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC - PADS
02/18/200318629404/24/2000
 Brake rotors have a failure, they continuously warp. dealership has replaced the rotors and pads. but problem still exists. may cause an accident if continues. dealer notified. *ak *cb
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC - ROTOR
11/29/20012
 Failure of air bag deployment in 2001 ford taurus. *mr this was a high speed crash where the consumer could not control the vehicle and impacted a concrete bridge rail. *sc when the consumer first took possession of the vehicle, it had a bad shimmy in the front end when the brakes were applied. the dealer found the rotors were warped, a few days after the rotors were replaced the rear end of the vehicle fish tailed, the dealer then discovered the rear drums were not round and had to be replaced. months later the vehicle fish tailed again and the tires had to be replaced. *jb *sc
03/01/200430000106/20/2000
 My 2000 rord taurus ses has only 33000 miles and has extreme vibrations when the brakes are used when they are hot from a long trip or in commuting traffic. they operate normally when the brakes are cool . i have taken no action to correct this problem to date. howver, i intend to check with the drealer because the vibrations are getting excessive and loss of control is occurring. *ak
01/20/2004600003
 While driving at any speed and when the brakes were depressed vehicle vibrated violently. a goodyear tire dealer examined the vehicle and found that the rotors were warped. this problem occurred three times. *ak
04/04/2004206/03/2000
 Rotors on front wheels are defective; have been replaced one time and am having trouble again; vibrate when brakes are applied. *nm
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 Consumer was having problems with front rotors rusting. delaer was contacted, and stated that they needed to be replaced, and did not explain why this was happening. *ak
02/18/200318629404/24/2000
 Brake rotors have a failure, they continuously warp. dealership has replaced the rotors and pads. but problem still exists. may cause an accident if continues. dealer notified. *ak *cb
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 When the brake pedal is depressed front end shimmies. this is caused by the rotors warping.*ak
10/25/200225000004/29/2000
 Original front brake rotors warped twice causing severe wheel shaking and hard braking. once under warranty rotors were turned by ford then they warped again after warranty was up. rotors were to thin to turn again causing expensive rotor and pad replacement. now less than one year of replacement the rotors are starting to warp again. *nlm
01/01/2002
 When applying brakes at slow speed there is a grinding sound and the pedal goeds to the floor, resulting in extended stopping distance. dealer has replaced rotors, but could not find a problem. rotor replacement did not remedy the problem.*ak
10/17/2001108/01/2000
 This is the thrid and last ford car i well buy, on-less it was made before 1970! while driving, the car pulls to the left and there's a sqeaking sonud coming from the driver's side. the pulling to the left caused the inside of tire's to wear. when applying the brakes the steering wheel and front end vibrated badly. the brake rotors had to be resurfaced no less than three time do to warping. one time, the ball-joint was replaced under warrant, but i was billed for the realignment by fairlane ford in dearborn mi.. it was said that the tire's was at fault. there seems to be a defect in the braking system or bad metal in the rotors. (90% of my driving is open road) there's no good explanation or justification for these repetitve malfunction starting on a vehicle that has less than 11,000 miles.. p.s i had to leave out some of the little things.u. *ak
02/26/2002103/01/2000
 Both rear disc rotors (4 wheel disc brakes) wore out and needed to be replaced at 24000 thousand miles. the repairing dealer found that the cable from the parking brake pedal to rear brakes was to tight causing the parking brakes to be slightly on all the time which caused both the brake pads and rotors to wear prematurely.*ak
10/11/20010
 Brake rotors are warped, and brakes vibrate when stopping.*ak
08/18/2001
 While traveling at 60 mph and hitting the brakes front end shakes very badly. took vehicle to dealer, and resurfaced the rotors. after a couple of days problem reoccurred.*ak
08/03/20012
 Took car because brakes were squeaking and vibrating during use, rotors were warped, vehicle was sold like this, also had problems starting vehicle. took into shop for repair, when drove car next day, brakes were worse, when stopping at 35-40 mph brake pedal went to floor and vibrated alot. *ak
08/03/20012
 Took car because brakes were squeaking and vibrating during use, rotors were warped, vehicle was sold like this, also had problems starting vehicle. took into shop for repair, when drove car next day, brakes were worse, when stopping at 35-40 mph brake pedal went to floor and vibrated alot. *ak
09/19/2000108/01/2000
 Machining rotors did not fix problem. had to replace rotors. my understanding is that the dealer has had identical complaints from other buyers. after replacing the front rotrs twice and replacing the rear brakes due to high spots the problem was finally fixed. nlm
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DRUM
05/10/200467172110/15/2001
 Dt: last week the car was serviced, the tires were rotated and a alignment was performed. may 9 2005, the consumer heard a loud noise in the rear end and he discovered the brakes did not work. when the consumer was on his way to the dealer, the rear brakes froze up. the car could not be driven to dealer, the consumer had to have it towed. the mechanic took the rear tires off and the brake drums just fell apart. *jb
05/20/200209/01/2001
 It appears that the original calipers on both rear brakes became frozen. on saturday, 5/18, 2002 i noticed a grinding sound. i took the car to midas on monday 5/20, 2002. all rear brake parts had to be replaced as it was a metal to metal situation. since the car was unsafe to drive, i had the repairs done at midas.*ak
06/01/2000106/01/2000
 This vehicle has been a nightmare since we bought it from team ford in june. the car has been to the dealer three times for two days per incident and the same problems continue while they gradually discover more problems each time. a car with 5200 miles on it should not need the varied and unique combination of replacements our car has required. the car makes a rotational grinding noise while at freeway speeds, when going over bumps or taking an involved turn the car makes a pop/crack noise from left/front of car. the car has stalled three times during freeway and city driving. the driver's side window creaks and shudders when being put up or down. the car hesitates when started in 80 degree weather and comes close to stalling when initially putting into gear. now and then car makes lunging motion and noise when put in drive or reverse. i could go on and on...i am reporting defects and problems to better business bureau and the nevada attorney general's office. please help!
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
06/02/2008109/30/2000
 2000 ford taurus problems with the rear springs. consumer states that the rear springs and links were replaced. brake line was repaired, and the rack and pinion steering was replaced. *kb ***nar***
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - PEDALS AND LINKAGES
08/09/20041
 While driving consumer would simultaneously depress the brake/accelerator pedals. dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.
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 Consumer received recall notice regarding the stop lamp switch. *ph *jb
04/11/2004180001
 While braking brake pedal stuck. the dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. *ak
2
 Recall was performed on the vehicle for the brake and gas pedal being to close together but problem continued. *ph after having a service recall done no adjustment were made. the same problem occurred again and the dealer suggested that the gas pedal be positioned further forward. and the consumer is unsatisfied that the dealer is trying to make a design problem into a customer service maintenance issue. *cb
06/25/200034000104/27/2000
 I have a 2000 ford taurus with adjustable pedals. the car was serviced per the instructions associated with recall campaign 01v078000. shortly after this repair, the brake switch was contaminated with grease causing the brake lamp switch to be stuck in the closed position disabling the cruise control and causing the stop lamps to stay on. the car was repaired under warranty. a little over one year later, the same problem occurred and was again fixed under the extended warranty. in essence, the problem which was supposed to be addressed in recall campaign 01v078000 apparently was not adequately addressed as the problem as reoccurred not once but twice since the repairs associated with the original recall.*ak
05/30/20031
 Nhtsa#01-v-078-000 vehicle description: passenger vehicles equipped with adjustable pedals. if the grease from the adjustable pedal assembly enters the stop lamp switch, it can contaminate the contacts leading to carbon build up, and potentially, a short circuit.consumer has the same problem. please provide further information. *ak
 The brake lights were on constantly. the consumer felt it had something to do with the brake pedal assembly. *nlm
 The brake lights were on constantly. the consumer felt it had something to do with the brake pedal assembly. *nlm
09/12/200011071308/16/2000
 While in motion consumer tried to stop the vehicle by braking, the engine started to race. the harder consumer pressed the faster the engine raced. a recall notice was sent to consumer. (02v266) also, recall number 01v078 was sent to consumer about a stop lamp switch failure. consumer had a previous encounter with this failure before the recall was sent. *jg *jb *nlm
10/01/2002
 While applying her brakes the vehicle suddenly acellerated and the vehicle ran into a fence. please provide additional information. dealer notified about the problem. ts
09/24/20022
 02 v 266 000/brake & accelerator pedal distance: consumer states that the vehicle was involved in two separate accidents because the brake & accelerator pedal was simutaneously applied, causes the vehicle to accelerate. dealer and the manufacturer has not been notified at this time. feel free to provide any further information. mr
 Brake pedal and accelerator pedal are too close to each other, and there is not enough depth between them, which could cause pedal misapplication when attempting to accelerate or upon braking. consumer has contacted dealer. please provide any further details. *ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - POWER ASSIST
04/05/2001402/01/2000
 Major shortage in brake lights. they work whenever they choose too. this has been reported to dealer several times and they have replaced brake switch several times. it works for about a week then it goes out again. when it is not working i cannot get. *ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - SWITCHES - BRAKE LIGHT
08/04/2003700001
 Poor design on brake light switch on brake pedal. the wires that connect to the brake indicator switch are mounted on the front end of the brake pedal. they are positioned 3-4 inches above foot level, a location where the wires are vulnerable to being sheared off with an errant foot. additionally, the wire coming from the wire loom is too short, leading to strain on the wire. the result is the wire disconnects and you lose the brake lights. in our case, the wire held on only by the insulation and would connect when the brake was lightly applied (allowing you to shift out of park), but would fail when the brake was fully depressed*ak.
06/25/200034000104/27/2000
 I have a 2000 ford taurus with adjustable pedals. the car was serviced per the instructions associated with recall campaign 01v078000. shortly after this repair, the brake switch was contaminated with grease causing the brake lamp switch to be stuck in the closed position disabling the cruise control and causing the stop lamps to stay on. the car was repaired under warranty. a little over one year later, the same problem occurred and was again fixed under the extended warranty. in essence, the problem which was supposed to be addressed in recall campaign 01v078000 apparently was not adequately addressed as the problem as reoccurred not once but twice since the repairs associated with the original recall.*ak
01/01/2002205/01/2000
 Defective part (brake light switch) replaced once undr recall. 2nd replacement brake light switch lasted only about nine months, same as first one, and ford won't pay for replacement, even though 1st defective part was obviously replaced with another defective part. obvious safety issue and replacement parts under recall shouldn't be as bad as they part they replaced.*ak
10/17/2001104/01/2001
 #1 wire to the brake light switch located on the brake predal broke at the wire to switch connector. the wire loom was mounted to0 short and did not allow for brake pedal travel. the initial problem was for intermitten brake lights. the dealer could not find the problem at which time i trouble shooted the problem my self. with no brake lights the transmission will not come out of park and there was no brake lights when stopping causing a potential accident. additional wire was added to the factory wiring at the switch connector to allow for brake pedal travel. this could caues potential wireing problems at a lwter date. all repairs were made by self. i am an ase certified mechanic. *ak
04/12/2001108/01/2000
 Brake switch had a loose wire per gateway lincoln/mercury mechanic and was replaced under warranty. driver could not shift out of park. no brake lights were operational. fortunately this did not occur while driving or vehicle would have been stranded in the road or potential rear end collision from failure of brake lights to illuminate while slowing or stopping.
08/09/2000106/22/2000
 After traveling in vehicle at all time brake light would stay on. dealer was notified to replace brake light switch. *ak
 While trying to depress the brake consumer foot get stuck on brake switch. please provide further information.*ak