really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,300 miles

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problem #9

Jul 032010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
Air bags on 2004 Ford Taurus did not depoly on frontal impact at appox. 45mph.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #8

Sep 152010


  • 116,000 miles
Stopped for vehicle a that was turning - vehicle C came from behind and plowed my 2004 Ford Taurus SE into the vehicle a. vehicle C was a large F250 truck traveling on main highway. My Ford Taurus was impacted from rear and front impact. The car was a total loss in the accident. Sept, 2010. The rear frame surrounding the trunk was bent. The front drivers side was damaged heavily. The air bags in the vehicle did not deploy from front and rear impact. A vehicle that we purchased for this specific safety feature and paid extra for failed!

- Brooklyn, MI, USA

problem #7

Apr 062006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
On April 6th my daughter had an accident in her 2004 Ford Taurus. She ran off the road and hit 6 concrete block pillars and wooden fence. She hit these primarily with the front bumper of her vehicle yet the air bags did not deploy. Should it??

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #6

Dec 252005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
: while driving the contact's husband encountered an area of black ice. The vehicle spun around, hitting a telephone pole, and then crashing into an embankment. Upon impact, none of the air bags deployed. The front of the vehicle was damaged. Although the contact's husband was wearing a seat belt his head went completely through the windshield. He sustained face and head injuries. A police report was taken at the scene. The insurance company evaluated the vehicle and it was deemed a total loss.

- Woodbury, PA, USA

problem #5

May 142005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,500 miles
Rear ended a vehichle, showed airbag deployment, steering wheel opend up but bag did not deploy or inflate, charge but did not deploy

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 292005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Contact states: Apparent failure of air bags to deploy. Consumer's wife and son rear ended another vehicle. Upon impact, both front air bags disengaged but did not deploy. They charged but did not actually come out.

- Clinton, UT, USA

problem #3

Jan 172005


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Collision on 01/17/05 I was a passenger, my husband driving. Our 2004 Ford Taurus was in collision with a horse, the horse came through windshield on passenger side. In all probability totaled my car. Pending insurance adjuster decision. The airbag did not release. I was injured. The airbags did not release. We have been told the bumper had to be hit to make it go off. From the top of bumper all the way to middle of roof caved and shattered. If the airbag was not suppose to release, I feel that the general public is not aware of this misrepresentation. I think consumers should be made aware of something that is just an additional fixture they paid for, not a safety feature.

- Morristown, TN, USA

problem #2

Dec 172004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,200 miles
While making a left turn consumer's vehicle was struck in the front by a vehicle traveling at 55 mph. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Vehicle was totaled. Consumer sustained injuries.

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 142004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light illuminated intermittently. As a result, air bags were inoperative and wouldn't deploy when needed, per dealership.

- Richmond, KY, USA