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...


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,367 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 252007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,100 miles


On a recent trip to N. Carolina we noticed an odor like something electrical was burning in our 2002 Ford Taurus ses. Shortly after that the A/C blower would only work on the highest speed and we could hear a squeaking noise behind the dashboard. We had the car repaired at a private repair shop in N.C. they had to replace a resistor and the blower motor. On several occasions over the last 3 or 4 years we have found the passenger side floor carpet wet after a rainstorm. We didn't notice this often because the car is garaged most of the time. I am concerned that if the water leak caused the electrical short the first time it will only happen again. I would like to think that Ford Motor Co. Would want to repair the root cause of this failure which is obviously a manufacturing issue. A fire could very well have started in this automobile. Or will Ford wait until someone is hurt?

- Ticonderoga,, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 252006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Heater blower only works intermittently and only on high!

- Kirkville, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 232005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Windshield is always damp on starting. Blower motor ceased working and was repaired for $250. Wondering about the winddshield leaking? and recall as this will probably happen again.

- Toronto, 00, USA

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