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...


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,667 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.

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 102008


  • miles


While I was driving down the road I made a left turn and my car seat tilted far enough where I had to pull over. This was after I had it professonally installed. (related vehicle information: Model year=2002, make=Ford, model=Taurus).

- Wilmerding, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 212006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
: the contact stated the harness buckle that goes over the chest comes unsnapped. This is an eddie bauer child safety seat, model # 22-864-mrc. The manufacturer date is: 7-14-05.

- Sterling, CT, USA

problem #1

Sep 092004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cosco al amega model # 02531 bmg, dom 04/30/2002. While placing the child inside of the car seat consumer noticed that the straps unraveled, and the threads fell apart.

- Sandy, OR, USA

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