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.

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CarComplaints.com Notes: Most people need a car that shifts gears & coil springs that don't shred tires. The Taurus fails in that respect.

The 2003 Ford Taurus has major issues with the transmission failing. Typically the 2003 Taurus transmission failure costs $2,000 to fix by about 90k-100k miles. Not good.

Adding insult to injury, the 1999-2003 Taurus also 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...

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
15 / 1
Average Mileage:
34,595 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.

2003 Ford Taurus seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #18

Feb 132012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 50 mph, the driver of the vehicle suffered a minor seizure causing her to crash into a telephone pole. The front driver's side air bag did not deploy. The driver sustained two ruptured discs in her back and severe chest pain. The driver sought medical attention after the accident. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The insurance company inspected the vehicle and deemed it as being destroyed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000. Updated 05/21/12 the consumer stated there was no police report. Updated 06/22/12

- Coleman, WI, USA

problem #17

Sep 012010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 81,302 miles
Vehicle was parked at residence. At about 6 am I unlocked the driver's door with my keyfob. I entered into vehicle. Started vehicle, shifted from park to drive. As I moved forward approximately a car length while turning the steering wheel to make right turn out of parking space, the drivers air bag deployed. Vehicle@ repair shop waiting for new parts.

- Garrettsville, OH, USA

problem #16

Sep 292009

Taurus

  • 89,000 miles
Have driven a 2003 Ford Taurus - new never wrecked. Had a car wreck - head on collision and air bag did not deploy. The passenger side did deploy but had no passenger. Car was totaled but kept pictures of this. Never received any recall notice so I don't think that was the problem.

- Moody, AL, USA

problem #15

Mar 042009

Taurus

  • 79,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 2003 Ford Taurus was hit by a 1973 GMC truck on 3.04.09 at about 35 mph. My driver's front side of the vehicle was destroyed with all electrical components impaired. My driver's side airbag did not deploy. However, the Taurus' passenger's side airbag deployed.

- Tualatin, OR, USA

problem #14

Jul 242007

Taurus

  • miles
Head on collision. Belted driver and front seat adult passengers suffered serious and permanent injuries.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #13

May 252007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact was involved in a head-on crash while driving 55 mph. The passenger side air bag deployed, but the driver side air bag did not. The contact sustained minor injuries. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 58,000.

- San Bruno, CA, USA

problem #12

May 252007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was recently involved in a front end collision. I was driving a 2002 Ford Taurus SE. I was driving on the freeway doing about 55 mph. A chain reaction of accidents started and I was unable to stop in time to avoid rear ending the car in front of me. Approximate speed at the time of impact was 50 mph. The entire front driver side of the car was destroyed. The problem is the passenger air bag deployed. There was no one sitting in the passenger seat. The driver side did not deploy. I hit the steering wheel hard. The car has been totaled. The chp office, body shop manager, and the insurance adjuster have all said the air bag should have deployed. I was not seriously injured, I.e. nothing was broken, and therefore didn¿¿T seek any medical attention. Short of bruising, soreness, and a couple of scrapes I was fine. I contact Ford about the issue and they gave me the run around and spouted out a bunch of legal banter. I informed them that I was not interested in seeking litigation, I simply wanted a tech to inform me of why my air bag did not deploy, when it most defiantly should have. They again and again gave me the run around, only giving me the padded answers I am sure their legal department advises them to. Feeling as though I will get nowhere with Ford and not knowing hat the ¿¿next step¿ is, I am contacting your organization. I have pictures of the accident and can give you more information as requested.

- San Bruno, CA, USA

problem #11

Feb 252006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
This is in regards to a 2003 Ford ses Taurus air bags failed to deploy in an accident when the car was in a direct hit in front and totaled with 12,000 of damage including block cracked on engine. VIN # [xxx]. note this car we requested to have replaced under the lemon law and went all the way and couldn't get any help from anyone to get anything done. Please help us in resolve for our needs resolve but not to let another person get hurt and or abused as such. There was injuries in this case and I do have a full sent of photos to fax. Sincerely its time to stop this type of irresponsible actions. Updated 07/16/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Corona , CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 152004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Consumer states: Air bags light kept coming on, and airbags did not work properly, took car to shop 5 times, dealer stated driver's air bag did not work, and passenger's side rear lock and keyless entry did not work.

- Warrensville Heights, OH, USA

problem #9

Dec 032004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,400 miles
The consumer rear ended another vehicle traveling at 35 mph and the air bag did not deploy. Consumer stated the brakes pulsated twice failing to stop the vehicle.

- Benton, MO, USA

problem #8

Sep 112004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My vehicle was involved in a traffic accident..the front of mine rear ended another auto..the force was sufficient to cause the passenger side front airbag to deploy but the drivers bag fail to deploy...is this a normal occurrence where one bag will deploy but not the other..if the driver of my vehicle had not been wearing the seat belt she could have sustained possible serious injuries.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #7

Apr 152004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Ford Taurus has problems with transmission, engine backfiring, hood latch is broken, and seat bracket fell off. The tires were continuously going flat. Six flats occurred while the consumer was on a trip, the transmission was slipping and would jerk in traffic, the engine would back fire intermittently and stalled on one occasion, the seat bracket was replaced by the dealer but failed again (the seat bracket was incorrectly installed from the start), the engine also displayed knocking and had taken about 9 visits before the problem was corrected, it was discovered that a valve was sticking out. The A/C did not cool, the consumer smelled coolant which leaked inside the vehicle. The tires and rims were a problem and the vehicle had been in for repairs about 18 visits/two rear tires remained a problem due to severe inflation problems and the tires would need to be inflated several times daily. The consumer requested another vehicle. The gas mileage was poor. Tire loosing air pressure from the time of purchase. The consumer was involved in an accident on 2-25-06 and the air bags failed to deploy. Updated 03/29/06.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 012003

Taurus

  • miles
Concerns regarding accident involving 2003 Ford Taurus rear-ended by a log truck. The air bag on the driver's side did not deploy, but the passenger air bag deployed.

- Morgantown, WV, USA

problem #5

Sep 242003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
While driving 70 mph vehicle hit a tire in the road, lost control, and hit a guard rail. Upon impact, front air bags did not deploy. The driver and passenger sustained minor injuries and were transported to the emergency room.

- Connersville, IN, USA

problem #4

Aug 012003

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving my car (2003taurus), another car ran a red light.. due to this my car hit his passenger side. My front end was "inside" his car, none of my airbags deployed and neither did the other car. He was also driving a 2003 Taurus.

- Windsor, 00, USA

problem #3

Jun 052003

Taurus

  • miles
Consumer collided with another vehicle head-on while traveling approximately 25mph. Neither the front driver or passenger air bag deployed.

- Wantagh, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 242003

Taurus

  • miles
While traveling about 35mph and proceeding through an intersection another vehicle refused to yield hitting consumer's on the driver's side. The driver side airbag didn't deploy.

- Port Arthur, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 062003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving 50 mph the vehicle was involved in a front end collision. None of the air bags deployed. One occupant in the vehicle was killed and one was injured. This was a rental car....

- Naperville, IL, USA

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