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...


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,215 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

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #13

Jul 022013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the brake warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the brake fluid reservoir and brake fluid needed to be replaced. The service was performed. However, the remedy failed to repair the failure. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer twice and the technician replaced the GEM module and circuit board. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 113,000 and the current mileage was 114,000. Updated 12/3/13

- Princeton Junction, NJ, USA

problem #12

Apr 142005


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the front rotors were wearing prematurely and were replaced ten times. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and the mechanic advised that the weight of the vehicle was causing the rotors to wear prematurely. The failure mileage was 120,000. Updated 05/24/12

- Smithsburg, MD, USA

problem #11

Nov 112009


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that three days after the vehicle was purchased it was inspected and the inspector stated that the rear suspension and the brakes were defective. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic to have the brakes as well as the tires replaced. The contact stated that the dealer sold her an unsafe vehicle that could have caused a crash to occur. While driving 25 mph down a hill, the contact stated that the brakes began to malfunction. The vehicle would not stop and continued driving through an intersection. The contact crashed the vehicle into a wall causing injuries to her knee and neck. The contact was taken to a hospital and was treated for her injuries. The contact was unable to walk due to the crash. The contact stated the dealer sold her a vehicle that had faulty brakes. The failure mileage was 63,000. The VIN was not available.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #10

May 282009


  • miles


Problems with noise front passenger side shuddering sound while driving comes and goes. Problem with car running rough engine power decreased, seam like fuel is poor, some malfunction causing problems in traffic. This malfunction always happens on start up and during regular operating during driving. We have to keep letting off the gas and giving gas to try make it run right a hope to have a smooth ride. The popping noise from the front end always happen daily during driving with normal speeds. The front rotors has been changed three times since I owned this vehicle, continuing to have problem with the front end. Brake pads always have been changed during these problems.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #9

Dec 202009


  • 105,000 miles
In the summer of 2009 my 2002 Ford Taurus was taken to the shop for brake issues. While there, the car's back springs were found to be broken. To repair this problem new parts were required and subsequently bought and replaced in my car. Recently, in the past month my car started to have problems with the suspension again. When I took it in to the shop they told me that the front springs were broken. Again new parts were required to fix it.

- Grand Rpaids, MI, USA

problem #8

Apr 252008


  • 125,000 miles
When brakes are applied the front end and steering wheel shake. Replaced rotors and brake pads and front end alignment. One month later front end and steering wheel shake when brakes are applied. Replaced parts again, at least 7 times in the past year and a half.

- Acushnet, MA, USA

problem #7

May 012009


  • 67,000 miles


I own a 2002 Ford Taurus and when I took the car in for brake service my mechanic discovered that 3 of 4 coil springs were broken. The left rear spring spun and cut a gouge in a tire with less than 100 miles on it. There is no recall on this item so for replacement of the springs I was socked with a $400 bill. I researched the problem and discovered this has been a problem with these springs for several years. See below associated press tue, Oct. 04, 2005 Washington - the government is investigating whether the rear coil spring can fracture and punch a hole in the rear tires of some models of the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable, federal auto safety officials said Tuesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it opened a preliminary investigation into the 2000-2001 models of the Taurus and Sable sedans after receiving 131 complaints about broken coil springs. The inquiry involves about 467,000 vehicles. The Taurus was among the best-selling passenger cars in the United States during the two model years. Most of the complaints came from northern states where vehicles are often subject to salt corrosion during the winter. About half of the owners who filed complaints said there were punctures in the rear tires because of the broken coil springs. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 052007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Ford Taurus with left coil spring broke. A recall was issued but not on the year the consumer owned.** the ball joints were replaced because they were loose and worn. The wheel cylinders were replaced due to them leaking.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 022004


  • miles
While driving 60 mph driver applied the brakes and vehicle skidded uncontrollably. This caused the vehicle to flip over and hit a concrete barrier. Both air bags did not deploy. Vehicle was totaled.

- Pangburn, AR, USA

problem #4

Jul 302002


  • 7,800 miles
When the brakes were applied, there was a burning smell.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #3

Feb 142003


  • miles


The vehicle experienced brake failure, which caused an accident, and the air bags failed to deploy.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 152002


  • miles
Consumer states' that the brake pedal and gas pedal are too close. Vehicle is equipped with the automatic pedal adjuster. Consumer states his foot became stuck under brake pedal resulting in consumer not able to brake. This resulted in a rearend collision.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 312002


  • miles
When applying the brakes consumer simultaneous applied the accelerator pedal. Dealer has been notified.

- Mattew, SC, USA

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