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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2006 is the worst year for PT Cruiser engine complaints. Having an engine light on is annoying, but it's the complaints about the engine shutting-off while driving that really have us concerned.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,270 miles

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Oct 242015

PT Cruiser

  • 134,300 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Husband was getting off of an exit and hit a piece of equipment and the airbags did not come out front end of car was damaged including radiator hood fender transmission bumper skirting

- Dry Branch, WV, USA

problem #25

Nov 242015

PT Cruiser

  • 132,000 miles
In November of 2015 I was involved in a car accident in which I hit a deer doing roughly 75 miles per hour head on and the airbag did not deploy!

- Drummond, MT, USA

problem #24

Mar 272015

PT Cruiser

  • 45,872 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the front passenger side air bag deployed inadvertently. The contact lost visibility and pulled over. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 45,872.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #23

Feb 132015

PT Cruiser

  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler pt cruise. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, another vehicle pulled in front of the vehicle. As a result, the contact crashed into the vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained leg, chest, back and head injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- West Memphis, AR, USA

problem #22

Oct 232014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • miles
Air bag light continuously stays on.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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problem #21

Apr 062014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 80,063 miles
Pt was heading South on beech St in manchester nh. When a Dodge Caravan went thought a stop side. Hit the driver side front fender and push the pt about 5 feet West. So the pt was now looking at coner of procest and beech St.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #20

Aug 212013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Air bag light stays on won't go off driver side.

- Manchester, ME, USA

problem #19

Aug 212013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 69,164 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer stated that the clock spring was defective and needed to be replaced. The contact did not have the clock spring replaced. The failure mileage was 69,164. Updated 07/16/14

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #18

Jul 062012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 72,500 miles
The air bag alarm start sounding all the time (each +/- 5 to 10 seconds). In the dashboard screen appears the symbol/ logo telling me that is the air bag alarm.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #17

Apr 082013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 28,755 miles
We were rear ended while on vacation. The car was drivable and it was put in the shop for repairs. The other person was at fault. When we got the car back we noticed that the airbag light would stay on for a minute or two and then go off. This continues to happen. The car repair shop checked seat belts and such. The air bags did not deploy as this was a rear end collision. I feel like this is a safety hazard. The repair shop has had to repair work that was not done right. Could they have messed up the codes as the temp does not work right." Were the airbags damaged " the estimated speed he hit us was 35mph. We both got cervical sprain and mine is worse.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #16

Mar 072013

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 30,609 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while traveling at unknown speeds, a vehicle jumped out in front of them and caused the contact to crash into the front end of another vehicle. The contact also stated that the air bags did not deploy upon impact. The contact received a concussion and a compression of the disk in his lower back. The contact stated that the manufacturer told them they were not hit hard enough for the air bags to deploy. The failure mileage and current mileage was 30,609.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #15

Feb 182013

PT Cruiser

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while driving 15-20 mph, he crashed into the rear of a vehicle that had abruptly stopped. The contact was secured in his seat belt however, the air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained injuries to the chest and back. The contact did not call the manufacturer to report the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Cushing, OK, USA

problem #14

Jan 132013

PT Cruiser

  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds during inclement weather, the vehicle hydroplaned, veered into a ditch, then crashed into a wall. Upon impact, the air bags did not deploy. The contact received injuries to his neck, back and rear end muscles. The police were contacted and a report was filed. The vehicle was later towed pending an investigation. The manufacturer was also contacted pending an investigation. The failure and current mileages were unavailable.

- Parrish, AL, USA

problem #13

Sep 102012

PT Cruiser

  • 53,000 miles
Driver suffered a diabetic hypoglycemic incident and ran off the road and collided with a guard rail. The accident was a frontal impact that resulted in significant damage to the front bumper, fenders, engine compartment, suspension, and frame. The accident damaged approximately 40' of guard rail, including the end section. During the accident, the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle has a history of intermittent air bag warning light activation, and has undergone replacement of several key components of the control system (I.e. SRS module, clockspring in steering column, and wiring harness under front passenger seat). The vehicle speed at the time of the accident is unknown, but estimated at less than 40mph. Weather was clear, sunny. Traffic was none to light conditions. Road conditions were excellent. Driver suffered minor whiplash neck injury and was treated/released for the hospital emergency department. Should the air bags have deployed in this type of accident" did the prior issues and repairs of the air bag control system have any effect on the air bags not deploying? did the vehicle frontal crush zone and the impact attenuation of the guard rail system affect the deceleration of the vehicle to the point where the air bags did not need to deploy" internet research of the air bag warning light issue (unconfirmed blog-type entries) indicates that other vehicles of this make, model and year (including 1 - 2 prior model years) have been involved in front end collisions where the air bags did not deploy.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #12

Jul 082011

PT Cruiser

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated while driving 45 mph the driver crashed into the rear-end of another vehicle. The driver suffered injuries to the shoulder, wrist, ribs, left knee, shoulder and neck. The contact and driver were not taken to the hospital. During the crash the air bags did not deploy. The contact stated the air bag should have deployed while driving at a high speed. The diagnostic test did not determine if the vehicle was destroyed or not. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Lakeside, CA, USA

problem #11

Aug 152010

PT Cruiser

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag warning light remained illuminated. In addition, the vehicle would exhibit a warning chime when the light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact had the air bag module replaced however, the vehicle continued to exhibit the same failure. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileage was 83,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #10

Sep 012009

PT Cruiser

  • 43,000 miles
Horn failure, airbag light on all of the time dealer says there is no recall on this car.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #9

Oct 152009

PT Cruiser

  • 21,000 miles
Daughter was stopped in traffic waiting for traffic light to change. Box truck behind her did not stop and rear ended the PT CRUISER, pushing it into the back of a dump truck in front of her. Airbags did not deploy. If airbags did deploy she may not have suffered whiplash injury.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #8

May 122008

PT Cruiser

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the passenger side air bag indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. In addition, the clockspring was bent and needed to be replaced. Approximately four months later, she began to hear a knocking noise coming from the passenger side of the vehicle during cold starts. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and they stated that the lower support, radiator, and transmission were damaged due to some sort of crash. The current and failure mileages were 28,000.

- Lahaina, HI, USA

problem #7

Aug 082008

PT Cruiser

  • 34,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. When the contact removed the center control, he noticed that the air bag module was inserted backwards. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the air bag module was labeled incorrectly, but was inserted properly in the vehicle. The manufacturer refused to acknowledge that there may be a potential defective. They also refused to write a certified letter stating that the air bag system would function properly in the event of a crash. As of August 13, 2008, the dealer has possession of the vehicle. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 34,500.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

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