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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
123,463 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 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 101015


  • 0 miles


The car is leaking gas from the gas tank I found other people had the same problem with this car on the internet.

- Wayne, MI, USA

problem #6

Sep 202014


  • 179,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that fuel fumes were present in an around the vehicle. After inspecting the vehicle, the contact noticed that there was a fuel leak. The dealer stated that the fuel tank needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 179,000.

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 012014


  • 178,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that fuel fumes were present in and around the vehicle. The contact noticed a fuel leak underneath the vehicle and that the fuel pump had fractured in half. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the fuel pump, filter, and fuel tank needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 178,000.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 042014


  • 108,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. After the contact filled up the vehicle with fuel, he noticed a strong fuel odor. It was discovered that fuel was leaking from the fuel tank. The fuel tank was rusted and corroded and nearly fractured. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 108,000.

- Webster, MA, USA

problem #3

Feb 072014


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the fuel pump wires had melted. The contact also mentioned that the instrument panel wires were also melted. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Tabernacle, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 062012


  • 144,240 miles
While driving with the cruise control off. Normal acceleration up to highway speeds, upon releasing the gas pedal the throttle stuck open and the car would not decelerate without heavy braking. Pulled off the road and shut off engine. Discovered that the cruise control cable had pushed itself back out of a locking ferrule that is supposed to hold it in place with plastic tabs, and lodged sideways so the throttle was being held open. Put the cable back in place and it appeared to be properly seated but the same thing happened twice more before I could get the vehicle home. The plastic tabs have become brittle and broken and no longer properly hold the cruise control cable ferrule tightly in its socket. I see now from internet research that I could have completely disconnected the cable to completely alleviate the problem. But in the dark & cold and being unfamiliar with the mechanics of this particular vehicle I didn't have that knowledge at the time. Upon a bit of internet research I see this is a fairly common failure mode for this particular part on 2001-2006 Ford Taurus' and other Ford that use a similar mechanical cruise control method. I can't believe that there has not been a recall on this issue... this is a major safety issue and could easily cause a crash and fatalities. It was a pretty unnerving experience and I'm familiar with cars and have been driving over 35 years... I'd hate to have this happen to an inexperienced driver.

- Joliet, IL, USA

problem #1

Sep 062012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
The seal leaks on the fuel tank.

- Roseville , CA, USA

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