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:
74,092 miles

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Oct 252012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 85,541 miles


Left front spring broke and punctured the tire and a link.

- Midland, MI, USA

problem #28

Feb 052007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 35,546 miles
Backing out of garage heard loud leak of air. Thought flat tire. When about to change tire discovered coil broke and slashed tire. Thank god didn't happen a couple weeks before when son borrowed car and was driving on highway out of state. Of course no recall on these coils so had to pay out of pocket cor 2 new rear coil springs and labor to install. Checked on internet and read hundreds of posts on this problem with the Taurus. Why not a recall on this year??

- Pine City, NY, USA

problem #27

Jan 102011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
On 1/10, I was on my way to drop my kids off at their school when the car began to drive funny.I pulled over right away and saw the front driver's side tire was blown..I proceeded to change the tire to my donut when I say the gash in my tire and I looked at the wheel well and saw the spring was sheered off..henceforth I had to pay to get new struts and a new tire and a new stabilizer for my car..I looked on the web and saw a bunch of people have had the exact same problem with their 2002 Ford Taurus..please help.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #26

May 242010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles


Own a 2002 Ford Taurus. Car parked in parking garage while at work. After work went to car, started it, put into reverse, moved not even three inches, sound like gunshot, front spring blew through front tire on driver side. My son said I had guardian angel...would have been killed if car had actually made it to the road. I have only had car three years. Towed to repair shop, mechanic said looks just like recall situation on 2001 Taurus, same spring incident..mine naturally not covered, but this is wrong. I was not aware of recalls on 2001 vehicles. I have no money, this repair will set me back quite a bit. I am thankful that nobody was hurt by flying parts!

- Columbus Grove, OH, USA

problem #25

May 032010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 109,494 miles
I have a 2002 Ford Taurus station wagon. While pulling out of the driveway there was a loud noise. I immediately pulled back into the driveway to get the vehicle off the street and called a mechanic. Upon removing the left front wheel he discovered that the left front coil spring had snapped and that the jagged edged of the spring had sliced through the tire side wall. The car was towed the mechanics garage where upon further investigation he found that the left front sway bar link and the left front strut assembly were also damaged. The failure has occurred only once - so far. The consequence in this case were not catastrophic - loss of use of the car for 2 days and a $950 dollar repair bill although I hate to think of the consequences had I been driving at highway speed and had this happen. I'm afraid it would have resulted in complete loss of control of the vehicle and a serious crash perhaps with serious or critical injuries or death. My research shows that Ford recalled the 1999-2001 Taurus models in northern states for this same defect and paid to replace both right and left front coil springs modified with a guard to prevent such catastrophic damage should a spring break again. This recall should be extended to include at least the 2002 model year which I'm told uses exactly the same springs as the 199-2001 model Ford Taurus.

- Pleasant Hill, IA, USA

problem #24

Feb 132010


  • 129,150 miles
1. started car, a 2002 Ford Taurus and began to back up and the front left tire blew violently. 2. subsequently found the coil spring had broken and speared front tire. 3. replaced coil springs and front tire at an approximate cost of $500.

- Newburgh, IN, USA

problem #23

Dec 312009


  • 123,000 miles


2002 Ford Taurus - front strut and coil spring failure. On 12/31/09 as I was backing out of driveway the right front coil strut spring snapped and punctured the tire. (tire was 6 mos old with only about 9000 miles of use) I had the vehicle serviced at a local mechanic shop then on the same day and within hours of first event as I was backing up the left spring snapped and punctured the new tire I had just purchased. I had purchased two new tires since I had to change the tires as a pair. I now have had to purchase a third new tire to replace the new one on left side that was punctured in the second incident. The break point of both springs is identical to the point where the spring broke the metal is snapped identically in the exact same spot on each spring and the fracture line at the break point is the exact same on each broken piece. I have saved the pieces of the spring. I find it very suspect that the springs would snap within hours of each other at the exact same spot on each spring. All told the damages incurred will amount to over $600. I am extremely fortunate that this did not occur while driving as just a day prior I had returned home on a 250 mile highway trip.

- Edinboro, PA, USA

problem #22

Dec 262005


  • 49,417 miles
Drove car over 110 mi, parked the car, next morning, noted that tire was flat due to broken coil spring. I live in western New York where roads are treated by salt. I was informed by Ford dealer that these conditions most likely caused front passenger coil spring to break and puncture the front tire sidewall which was not repairable. (police notified due to alternate parking restriction. Vehicle required tow.)

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #21

Oct 022009


  • 92,000 miles
Backing out of parking space and front right coil spring broke and punctured front right tire. Needed to have both front coil springs and front strut assemblies replaced. Also needed new tire, new tire valve stem and wheel weight. Kept old parts and old tire showing puncture.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #20

Apr 232009


  • 94,600 miles
Broken front and rear suspension spring caused tire failure.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #19

Feb 132009


  • 95,000 miles


I own a 2002 Ford Taurus with 95000 miles. I had (fortunately) parked my car for work; on return had a flat tire. On changing it, found the inside of the tire ripped open almost all the way around. When I took it in for a new tire, it was found the front driver spring had broken, and I was told "the Taurus has a problem with this". I had to replace both front springs and struts, get new tires and a wheel alignment to the cost of $1300. Now I'm researching and found the 2002 was not included in the recall for this problem, and the rear springs can break too, usually at much lower mileage. I'm now afraid to drive my car, and am looking for a new one sooner than I had planned. This could have been catastrophic if it had happened on the highway.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #18

Dec 112008


  • 91,000 miles
Driving and smoke began coming out of the driver's front of car. Loud bang. Coil punctured tire. Almost had accident.

- Palmyra, NY, USA

problem #17

Dec 152008


  • 115,000 miles
My fiancee's 2002 Ford Taurus sel front driver side coil spring broke and tore the whole inner sidewall off of the tire. The coil spring broke while the car was sitting in the driveway over night and thankfully my fiancee was just pulling out of the driveway when she noticed the tire halfway off the rim. Had the coil spring broke on the highway she may not be alive today. I spoke to Ford and they were unable to offer us any assistance. The vehicle is only 7 years old and only has 115K miles on it. There is a recall already in effect for 2001 models that have the exact same issue. I have the broken coil spring in my possession if in the case an investigator would like to examine the faulty part.

- Stillwater, MN, USA

problem #16

Sep 232008


  • 94 miles
Front spring broke on my 2002 Ford Taurus. The broken spring slashed my brand new tire. Had to have the vehicle towed to a Ford dealership. Spring damaged struts and also needed to be re-aligned.

- North Lawrence, OH, USA

problem #15

Jun 122008


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. In approximately December of 2007, the contact had to replace the front driver's side tire and spring. On June 12, 2008, he took the vehicle to a repair shop for routine maintenance and was informed that both rear springs failed. The cost for both failures was over $1,000. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the recall did not include the 2002 Ford Taurus. The vehicle was out of warranty and was not taken to a Ford dealer for repair. The dealer would not provide any assistance. The recall number was unknown. The failure mileage was 67,000.

- West Decatur, PA, USA

problem #14

May 092008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 158,000 miles
Normal driving conditions, tires failed to hold air pressure. Both front tires within one month of each other failed. Tires appeared to be dry rotted on corner of side walls. Both tires had same area of dry rot/cracks in tread. Tires had less then 20,000 miles on them and where properly maintained. Dealer replaced tires. Mfg. Tbc, touring TR vanderbilt.

- Dundee, MI, USA

problem #13

Mar 072008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
Wife put the car into reverse in the driveway, front left spring broke, puncturing the front left tire. Thankfully she was not on the road when this happened.

- Woonsocket, RI, USA

problem #12

Dec 272007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,235 miles
I was backing out of my garage when I heard a loud noise, my left front coil spring fractured and put a hole through my tire, also caused damage to the control arm. Needed to replace control arm, coil and tire.

- Milan, NH, USA

problem #11

Dec 042007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
I was backing out of the driveway on 12/4/07 in, Y 2002 Ford Taurus ses when I heard a loud bang under the car. The driver side front tire blew out. When I removed it, I saw that the coil spring had broken and cut into the tire.

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #10

Aug 132007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Driver front shock and strut broke and blew the tire. Luckily I was in driveway just leaving for work had to call tow truck to bring to garage for repair being it was a 2002 vehicle the schroad was suppose to be put on the 2002 vehicle and newer, but this did not have anything on it. So tire blew, but luckily I was not going 60 miles a hour down the hwy. We still have the old parts for proof of damage.

- Wakefield, MI, USA

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