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...


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,000 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 #2

Nov 112008


  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. While the contact was drving 30 mph.the vehicle suddenly shut off without warning. While the contact was attempting to pull to the side of the road the driver side seat broke off from the bottom of it's base causing the contact to crash into a nearby wall.the contact was injured during the crash. A police report was filed for the incident. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact had the brakes, struts, ball joints and instrument panel replaced. The failure and current mileages were 68000.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #1

Jun 262004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear ended at a stop light and pushed into the car in front of me. Both front seats, fully reclined, driver seat broke, no airbags at all deployed. Resulted in herniated discs for both driver and front seat (only) passenger.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

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