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:
63,000 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 steering problems

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 172007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles


I had a left front coil spring to break on my 2002 Ford Taurus while I was backing out of my driveway and sliced the tire all the way around. If this would have happened on the highway there could have been a serious collision, the struts were also bad witch could have caused this to happen. I still have the old parts. I replace the defective parts myself with parts that I got from advanced auto parts. The car only had approximately 63,000 miles on it. It happened sometime in Feb of 2007 and also the power steering hose blew of sometime shortly after we bought the car while my wife was driving, luckily it happened in a parking lot instead of the highway. We bought the car sometime around September 2006.

- Valley Head, WV, USA

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