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:
76,000 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.

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 162010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that after purchasing 4 new tires he noticed that while driving the front drivers side became flat. The vehicle was towed to a tire dealer who advised him that the front coil springs had punctured the tire causing the flat. The front drivers side coil spring was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised him that there were no recalls on his vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 76,000. Updated 06/16/11 the consumer stated he was in the garage. When he shifted the vehicle in reverse, the left front tire exploded. The consumer took the vehicle took Goodyear where they infromed him the both coil springs needed to be replaced. Also, the drivers side window would not go up or down and anti-lock brakes were not working. Updated 11/16/11

- Port Wayne, IN, USA

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