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:
23 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
17 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,403 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Feb 142002


  • miles


While driving between 30 and 35 mph consumer's vehicle crashed into another vehicle, but air bags did not deploy. Dealer and manufacturer were contacted.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 302001


  • miles
Consumer was traveling about 65mph on the highway and another vehicle merged into his lane. Both vehicles collided, and consumer's vehicle was forced into guardrail. Upon impact, dual airbags didn't deploy.

- Mcguire Afb, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 212001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Budget rental, victorsville, ca. Consumer rearended another vehicle at 35 mph and driver's airbag did not deploy. Consumer hit his head on steering wheel, and suffered whiplash, also sustained injuries to the sternum and face.

- Hesperia, CA, USA

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