Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Chrysler has taken the boring small car frame of the Neon, grafted a 1930s-era roadster body on top and named it the PT Cruiser. While the new look may appeal to some, the vehicle has unfortunately also inherited many of the same problems as the Neon.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,899 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 172008

PT Cruiser

  • 107,000 miles


Drivers side - side airbag failed to deploy on crash to drivers side of 2001 PT CRUISER. PT CRUISER T-boned over car speed approximately 45 mph.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 102005

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,394 miles
The consumer owns 2001 PT CRUISER. The consumer's vehicle was involved in a collision. It was impacted on the center of the driver's side and was broad sided. Upon impact, none of the frontal/side air bags deployed. Spoke to the manufacturer, and they were not be interested. The dealership has not been contacted. There were no serious injuries, but there were cuts and bruises. A police report was not available. Pictures were available, but no insurance report. The car was totaled.

- Middleboro, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 102003

PT Cruiser

  • miles
While driving vehicle went off the road, hit a ditch, and rolled over. Front and side air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained brain damage/a broken clavicle, and fractured back. Could not be driven.

- Richland Center, WI, USA

problem #3

Oct 162002

PT Cruiser

  • miles


While driving approximately 45mph, vehicle was hit on the driver's side causing consumer's vehicle to flip over. Consumer's driver side air bag did not deploy. The other vehicle was travelling approximately 20mph at time of collision.

- Grosse Point Park, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 172002

PT Cruiser

  • miles
While turning into parking lot vehicle hit curb and T driver's side/passenger's side airbags deployed. Consumer suffered second degree burns on hands and arms.

- E. Bangeor, PA, USA

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problem #1

Feb 152002

PT Cruiser

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a side impact collision. Vehicle was T boned on right side. Upon impact, right side air bags did not deploy, cause unknown. Driver and passenger were injured.

- Port Charlette, FL, USA

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