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...


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
73,739 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. change seatbelt.....multiple times (1 reports)
2002 Ford Taurus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 162008

Taurus SES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


I have taken it back several times the first few times it was covered under warranty. But now that warranty is expired I had to pay for it. In addition the passenger seat belt completely stopped working, had to replace the buckle.

- , Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #2

Apr 022009

Taurus SE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,313 miles

air bags flash code 42 still on . not find a solution .

- , Blainville, QUÉBEC, Canada

problem #1

Jul 212006

Taurus SE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,905 miles

The air bag light flashes an error code (42) then stays on.

- , Trenton, ON, Canada

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