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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,231 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.

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1996 Ford Taurus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1996 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #13

Mar 032011

Taurus

  • 150,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1996 Ford Taurus. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph when the vehicle was involved in a crash. During the crash all of the air bags deployed but during deployment, the passenger side air bag detached from the dashboard. A police report was filed but no injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed to a parking lot where the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 150,000.

- Niceville, FL, USA

problem #12

Nov 172006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
1996 Ford Taurus sitting in the church parking lot and the air bags deployed. No one was in the car except our small dog. Considerable damage to the car including broken windshield. Ford Motor Company tells me that they have no liability.

- Lynch Station, VA, USA

problem #11

Sep 122005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
Airbag warning light came on for 2 days. Went out before scheduled service at dealer. No diagnostic code was returned. Dealer advised to return car immediately if light went on again. Approximately a week later light went on again, car was returned to dealer with light on and an "unknown code" was returned by diagnostic unit. Approx 3 weeks later, without warning, passenger side front airbag deployed spontaneously. Car filled with powder making visibility impossible, and the force of the airbag deployment shattered and pushed out the passenger side of the windshield, scattering shards of glass all over the front seat.

- Berwyn, PA, USA

problem #10

Feb 012003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

50 mph crash hit a mailbox and two six inch locust trees. Airbags did not deploy. Both of the sensors were pushed into the radiator

- Clarksville, OH, USA

problem #9

Oct 032001

(reported on)

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A noise sounds like a large humming sound, that gets louder when the vehicle is at certain high speeds, could be the air bag installation appears to be defective or put in wrong.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #8

Aug 142000

Taurus

  • miles
Vehicle hit in left front by 40 ton dump truck; passenger side airbag deployed; driver side airbag did not deploy.

- Somerville, NJ, USA

problem #7

Oct 011999

Taurus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Air bag sensor light kept blinking on/off intermittently;. dealer notified, and was unable to correct the problem. Seeking help from NHTSA in this matter. Please feel free to provide any further details.

- Washington, IL, USA

problem #6

Jan 191999

Taurus

  • miles
Airbag light comes on, indicating a problem with airbag system. Problem is reoccurring after getting the problem fixed previously.

- Langeloth, PA, USA

problem #5

Feb 231999

Taurus

  • miles
Vehicle involved in a crash at 50 mph with 2 vehicles. First vehicle hit in rear almost head on with major damage to driver's side front/middle, proceeded to hit second vehicle in same place. Neither air bag deployed on either impact. My vehicle came to a complete hault after hitting second vehicle.

- Raymond, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 201998

Taurus

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
False deployment of air bag caused temporary loss of control, damage to windshield scattering glass through out vehicle and consumers.

- El Sobrant, CA, USA

problem #3

May 081997

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Unspecified: Air bag warning indicator keeps flashing trouble code.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Feb 031997

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver had crashed into the rear end of another car and air-bags did not come out.

- Imperial Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 091996

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
The air bag "readiness light" flashed for approximately two minutes and stays on until the engine is turned off. Four repair attempts have been made.

- Albuquerqu, NM, USA

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