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:
52,000 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.

2002 Ford Taurus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 182015


  • miles


The key turns over but the car won't start.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 282011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
I own a 2002 Ford Taurus ses sedan with 100,000 miles. Recently, the brake warning light illuminated, and I brought it into the Ford service department of my local dealership. Apparently what happened was a ABS/traction control sensor (part number 2C219) burned out. According to the dealership and various online postings in blogs and other areas, this is a very common thing that happens on these cars. I think that Ford should take action because they do acknowledge that there is a problem with the design of that module, and their poor design can lead to limited braking capability, the vehicle not performing as it should on slippery surfaces, crashes, injuries, and possibly even death.

- Burlington, VT, USA

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