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:
66,631 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.

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #5

Jun 072005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,187 miles


The contact stated while driving the rear driver's side coil spring broke. This failure caused a puncture in the rear tire. There were no prior warnings indicating a problem with the vehicle. The vehicle has been repaired. A local repair shop replaced the rear coil spring. The manufacturer has been contacted. 12/7/2005.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #4

Apr 152005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,335 miles
2002 Ford Taurus. Rear coil springs broke. Had 70000 miles on vehicle. Dealership fixed coil springs. There was some rust near the brake where the coil springs broke. When I got into vehicle the coil spring broke. Vehicle was in driveway when this happened. This is a safety issue and there should be a recall on 2002 Ford Taurus. Updated 12/27/05.

- Exton, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 192005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles
After purchasing a brand new set of tires, I drove off of the parking lot and heard this horrendous noise. I continued driving thinking it would go away but after a block I turned around and went back to the place I bought the tires from. They put it up on the rack and determined the rear coil spring was broke. I drive a 2002 Ford Taurus and heard about the 00 & 01's so I believe the 02 should also be looked into. I had to have 2 rear coils, springs and struts put on. And pay for another tire as well as get another alignment. I wasn't too happy about it. I do not have the old part.

- Hecker, IL, USA

problem #2

Jan 102005


  • 41,000 miles
While driving 40 mph the rear passenger coil spring punctured the tire. The consumer continue to drive. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Swedesboro, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 062005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,100 miles
Broken left side rear suspension spring. Gouged inside sidewall of the rear tire.

- N Stonington, CT, USA

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