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:
92,496 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 suspension problems

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 162014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the front driver side leaf spring became fractured. The front driver side tire blew and no warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was towed. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnose that the front left spring needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 91,000. Updated 8/27/14

- Moon Township, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 172007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,991 miles
The passenger side front spring on my Ford Taurus snapped in half shoving the remaining spring into my tire. The car was sitting in the garage when it happened.

- Rochester, NY, USA

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