Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Most people need a car where the coil springs don't puncture or shred tires while driving. The Taurus fails in that respect.

The 1999-2003 Ford Taurus has a huge problem with coil springs breaking, which can puncture or even shred tires while driving.

The US government spent THREE YEARS (2008-2011) investigating the 2002-2003 Taurus coil springs. Although Taurus/Sable from earlier years were recalled, ultimately the NHTSA did not force a recall. They determined that because there had been no deaths & very few bad crashes & injuries, the broken coil springs defect was no big deal & not a safety defect. Tell that to all the owners who had close calls...


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
47,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. installing disc brakes on all four wheels (1 reports)
2002 Ford Taurus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

May 152004

(reported on)

Taurus SE

  • 47,000 miles


Well while driving at high speeds and braking frequently brakes heat up developing the unpleasant burning smell, even applying full pressure on the brakes will not stop the car as when they are cool. Also i am a cop in Puerto Rico and i have a partner that totalled one of the same cars on a high speed pursuit because of the same problem.

- , Yabucoa, PR, Puerto Rico

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