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...


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,677 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

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

May 222005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


Three rear seat belts did not retract. This happened in the last 3 weeks. Taken vehicle to dealer to have this problem fixed, cost of this repair will be close to $500. Spoke to manufacturer, and they said no recall, they cou;dn't help.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #2

Apr 102004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,030 miles
Consumer experienced ongoing problems with both the front and rear seat belts not retracting from the retractors. Vehicle has been in and out of the dealer shop on several occasions. Driver's seat belt retractor has been replaced 2 times, and the passenger's seat belt retractor has been replaced once, but problems recurred. Also, on another issue consumer stated that vehicle was back to the dealer three times on a manufacturer's recall 04V106000 concerning brake light switch. Consumer stated that vehicle was still experiencing some problem with the stop lights not operating when braking. The consumer stated that the problem was never fixed. The back seat belts had the same problems as the front.

- Southgate, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 122004

Taurus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer noticed that the rear passenger side seat belt did not retract properly. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the seat belt unit needed to be replaced, and replaced it three times. However, the problem recurred.

- Southmayd, TX, USA

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