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:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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

problem #2

Dec 062004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer's vehicle was sitting at intersection and it was involved in a rear end collision, causing consumer's vehicle to hit the vehicle in front. Upon impact, driver's side air bag did not deploy, but passenger's side air bag did deploy. Driver sustained head trauma and refused to go to the hospital. Consumer will go to the hospital the next day. Vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection.

- Dimondale, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 222001

Taurus 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Was traveling approximately 45mph when another vehicle came out and caused a T-bone collision. Passenger's side air bag didn't deploy. Passenger was injured with six broken ribs/an injured hand, and was having trouble breathing. The passenger had seat belt restraints on. No contact has been made to the manufacturer.

- Zellwood, FL, USA

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