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:
Average Mileage:
73,739 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. change seatbelt.....multiple times (1 reports)
2002 Ford Taurus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 162008

Taurus SES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


I have taken it back several times the first few times it was covered under warranty. But now that warranty is expired I had to pay for it. In addition the passenger seat belt completely stopped working, had to replace the buckle.

- , Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #2

Apr 022009

Taurus SE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,313 miles

air bags flash code 42 still on . not find a solution .

- , Blainville, QUÉBEC, Canada

problem #1

Jul 212006

Taurus SE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,905 miles

The air bag light flashes an error code (42) then stays on.

- , Trenton, ON, Canada

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