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:
74,092 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Nov 012007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles


2002 Ford Taurus with broken rear coil springs and other problems. Consumer states the coils springs broke, tires are wobbling, and the belt tensioner lost power steering.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #8

Mar 312007


  • 61,435 miles
My wife started to back out of the driveway in the 2002 Ford Taurus and heard a bang followed by hissing. She saw the flat tire and called her brother to come help since I was out of town, and after he jacked the car up they saw the spring had broken and punctured the driver's side front tire. The spring was sticking far enough out that we could not put a new tire on, so we put the doughnut spare tire on and called a tow truck. The car was towed to a Ford dealer, where they replaced the two front springs, two front stabilizer links, and a new tire. Total cost was $843.83.

- Uniontown, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 032007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles
Events leading up to the failure was a approximately 100 mile round trip on the interstate traveling 65 mph, the evening prior to the incident. The failure consisted of the driver's side coil spring breaking and severly damaging the front diver's side tire and sway bar. The incident occurred while the vehicle was parked in a parking lot and not being driven. The make and model of the car was a 2002 Ford Taurus SE. The dealership had to replace both front coil springs, replace the driver side sway bar, replace the tire, and realign the suspension.

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #6

Feb 202007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,554 miles


I backed out of a parking space and heard a grinding sound. I checked the front end but could not see any problems. I drove forward approximately 10 feet and heard a bang as the right front passenger side tire blew out. When I changed the tire I found the right front coil spring impaled in the tire's sidewall. The spring broke and the sharp end rotated into the tire. Fifteen minutes earlier, I had been driving at 70 mph on I-80 before exiting at mishawaka. I had the car towed to a local garage, and the spring/strut assembly was vreplaced. The tow truck driver commented he had seen approximately 20 of these incidents over the past 12 months.

- Mattawan, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 242005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Front end has had vibration since I bought the car. Have had Continental original tires replaced under warranty 3 times because dealership said vibration was due to tire failure "excessive runout". vibration is returning again.

- Cave Creek, AZ, USA

problem #4

Sep 082004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
Front driver's side coil spring sheared off onto the tire, causing the tire to go flat. Consumer pulled over, and had vehicle towed to dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that the coil spring and tire needed to be replaced.

- Imlay City, MI, USA

problem #3

Oct 112003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


Vehicle tires showing signs of dry rot. The vehicle experienced a flat tire. Roadside assistance found a crack in the tire tread. The consumer was told that all the tires had signs of dry rot and a technician stated that the entire tire had cracks around it. Ford showed no sign of concern.

- Bristol, RI, USA

problem #2

Oct 152003

(reported on)


  • 4,600 miles
Vehicle tire equipment has several blisters. The left front tire had 11 blisters. The consumer had taken the vehicle to an authorized dealer in which they informed him that the tires had been driven with low pressure.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Aug 282003


  • miles
I bought what I thought were 4 brand new Goodyear aquatred tires from graham tire here in grand island, Nebraska... I got 3 tires dot...serial number....mkx83mhr2901 and 1 tire dot...serial number....mkx83mhr2402 the 2402 tire runs hot, and in my opinion is unsafe. I see the dot...mkx code is for re tire kershaw, South Carolina...and its listed under re-treads. Was I sold four re-tread four new tires? if so I have been cheated. Please reply...thank you.

- Grand Island, NE, USA

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