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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,755 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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2016 Chrysler 200 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2016 Chrysler 200 Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 132016


  • miles


I had just finished reversing to adjust my parallel parking in a residential street. I placed the hazard lights on and put the car into "P". after my daughter got in, I took off the hazard lights and place my car on "D". in order for me to change gears I have to press down the brake, and as I let go to start driving I felt my car do a quick two "tugs" as I was going forward and into a drive-way on my left. When I was turning the steering wheel, I felt it start to go stiff to where I had to turn it hard for it to move. The car started to slow down while I pressing the gas, coming to a halt before my front wheels could go on the drive-way. I pressed the brakes but they were hard where I could not press down on them and I let them go. I pressed down on them again hoping they would work, but they were hard. At that point the car sounded like it turned off on me even though the sign on my ignition read "run". I look down and my gear is on "D" but flashing on and off. At this point I am stuck in the middle of a residential street (sideways) because my car would not move. I look at the screen in my dashboard and its flashing something about "shift" and the battery light is on. I was panicking so I did not fully read what it was flashing and fortunately was able to change the gear to "P" even though I could not press down the brakes because they were very stiff. I turned off my car, and restarted it. At that point my car worked like nothing happened. I know my car in a weird way turned itself off because my A/C was not blowing cool air anymore (windshield was starting to fog because of the rain) until I restarted the car. I will say that a few months prior my "parking brake" turned on on its own, and I had mistakenly thought I had done it even though I had not touched it. I was adjusting my car into a parking spot and had just changed from "R" to "D".

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 052016


  • 6,000 miles
My husband was driving in traffic as the foot brake gave out. He had to step as hard as he could with both feet on the brake in order to get it to stop. At the same time the parking brake engaged itself and made driving almost impossible. You couldn't turn it off. After turning off the car, the brakes still won't work, but the park break was back to normal. If you get the car to a halt and put it in park, it keeps on driving, as soon as you dare to slightly let go of the brake. Your only way to stop this car is to engage the park brake and hope that it grabs. Car is at the dealership with no information available, Chrysler is contacted. This is for sure scary, given that my son was in the car as well.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 212016


  • 14,000 miles
Emergency brake has come on twice without me activating it----I slowed down at red light, went to pull out and could not because emergency brake was on.

- North Bend, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 022016


  • 5,600 miles


I just bought this car in March of 2016 and has been in dealership over 9 times already for the alignment, tires already going bald and the transmission. I was driving one day down a street that has a 55mph speed limit and the car just died and lost all power it wouldnt go at all so I had to pull over and restart the vehicle finally it went then ever since then the car shifts very rough and jerks you and the dealerships keep telling me that its the way the car is supposed to drive but I know its not also the service transmission light came but the dealer says that codes were there to show which was odd to me also another issue with this car is sometimes when I put it in drive, reverse etc the electronic ebrake just comes which almost had me hit a few times now I have had this car 3 months now and its in the shop more than I can drive. I would say this car is unsafe and highly advise not to buy

- Hartville, OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 142016


  • 1,100 miles
Purchased the vehicle roughly 30 days ago with only 4 miles on it at time of purchase. At 800 miles I began hearing noises coming from the brakes. After the dealer inspected and serviced the vehicle, they could find no issues or anything wrong with the vehicle. At 1100 miles, the brakes were still making noise and finally out of nowhere while driving the brakes locked up on me nearly resulting in an accident. This occurred afterwards on 2 other occasions, once while driving as and again another time when switching out of reverse. I also noticed at times that the brake pedal had gone nearly to the floor, which was also of concern. The vehicle was immediately dropped off at the dealership and I have now had a rental vehicle for the past couple of days without any response from the dealership whatsoever. I will be filing a claim for lemon law, as I have not even made my first car payment yet. Please ensure our safety by reviewing this issue and recalling any vehicles affected, as this will surely cause accidents if allowed to continue without resolution being provided.

- Mayfield, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 092016


  • 5,000 miles
Takata recall, this new car is a 2016 200S with5000 miles. This car caused a accident on 02/09/16 when the front brakes locked up at 50 miles an hour. Sending the driver into a light pole. When the vehicle hit the pole the air bags did not deploy from the steering. The air bags over all doors did deploy and the air bags on the side of the front seat did deploy but never the steering wheel air bag. The brakes are faulty and have gone all the way to the floor when pressing on the brake. By pumping the brakes the brake would work. When the accident happened the driver pressed the brake to turn a corner but rather than the vehicle slowing down the brakes locked down in front and sent the vehicle across the road into a light pole.

- Bismark, AR, USA

problem #1

Feb 012016


  • 1,588 miles
The brakes on this car while backing up made an awful noise from day 1. I thought at first it was normal. Thought it was just new brakes that had to be broken in. Then I knew something was wrong because when I put it in drive my back brakes were locked and wouldn't release. Looked down to see if I hit the E brake, that was never the case. The brakes in rear have locked up several times and every time it was backing up and putting it in drive. I had a 2015 with the same issues and was replaced by the lemon law with a 2016 and now experiencing the same issues. Dealer opened start case with Chrysler but currently has no fix for these cars. Dealer also stated due to the size of the rotors/breaks causes the squealing/locking noise. This is a major safety issue in case the break decide to lock up or not work, currently waiting for more "repairs".

- La Mesa, CA, USA

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