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...


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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 steering problems

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 232002


  • miles


The vehicle is a rental from hertz. While making a right turn her index finger got caught inside of the steering wheel. Please provide additional information. Dealer notified

- Campton, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 102002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the left turn signal has to be held while making a left turn. The manufacturer has been notified. The consumer states that she was in the right hand lane, she wanted to get in the left lane at the stop light to make a left turn. The consumer tried to use the left turn signal and it wouldn't stay on. (had to hold it down with my left hand and turn with the right hand. The shop at the dealer checked it out and stated that this was happening because of the air bag and the chip was moved to the right side of the steering wheel. This is a manufacturers defect that needs to be corrected.

- Bloomsburg, PA, USA

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