Ford coil spring problems

A number of Ford cars have had their coil springs fracture. The end of the spring would then pierce the tire resulting in a blowout. See the post at the Ford Taurus club below
http://www.tauruscarclub.com/forum/index.php?showtopic 531
Has anyone experieced a similar problem or heard about it?
Ed
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Replaced both rear springs on my '99 Escort recently (60K) to the tune of almost $300...bottom loop was broken on both of them (and they were both slowly shifting out of the bottom retainer on the strut assembly)
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Click on link below for pictures of the coil springs- http://www.geocities.com/coilspring2000

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