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.

CarComplaints.com 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...

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,215 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Ford Taurus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 282007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. While driving 5 mph, the contact heard a loud noise and the vehicle stopped. The road conditions were normal. The vehicle was towed to the repair shop and the mechanic stated that the passenger side front coil spring failed. The coil spring punctured the tire. The current and failure mileages were 60,000. Updated 12/27/07 the dealer stated also repaired the ab sensor assembly. Updated 12/12/07

- Elizabeth , PA, USA

problem #7

Oct 062006

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,771 miles
2002 Ford Taurus. Loss of brakes due to malfunction in ABS system. Removed fuse to the ABS system and the brakes returned. Daughter was on way home from work and went through a red traffic light because there was no brakes at all. Good thing late at night and no one to be hit. Ford continues to say not a recall problem.

- Al;Liance, OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 012002

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The contact stated the brakes have not operated properly since purchase. The vehicle will not slow down when the brake pedal is depressed. She must pump the pedal repeatedly, but this does not always work. The rotors and pads have been replaced by the dealership. The dealership was unable to diagnose the cause of the problem. The vehicle has been to an independent repair shop, and they too were unable to diagnose the cause of the problem. Also, the contact detected fumes coming from the engine. The vehicle was taken to the same repair shop, and they determined the radiator overflow tank had a crack on the bottom. No repairs have been made.

- Newport, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 272004

Taurus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

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

I was driving on a 65 mph highway at posted speed. I exited onto a ramp, and applied the brakes. The pedal went to the floor with no braking. The automobile had only 12,000 miles.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 262004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,950 miles
During wet/dry conditions, brakes are applied and vehicle fails to stop and continues to roll. This condition is intermittent.

- Belleview , FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 112004

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
There was no indication that the brakes stopped working untill driver applied the brakes and the pedal went to the floor.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 282003

Taurus

  • miles
While traveling on the highway and without prior warning brake pedal will go all the way down to the floor.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

problem #1

Sep 142002

Taurus

  • miles
My daughter was pulling into a parking space, she applied the brakes, the car lunged ahead and hit the building. The passenger air bag deployed and not the drivers air bag. She had her seat belt on and hit the steering wheel. I talked to Ford and they siad to go through my insurance company.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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