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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,317 miles

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1998 Chrysler Sebring seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #18

Aug 282005

Sebring 6-cyl

  • miles

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

Was in an accident and the front air bag did not activate. The horn did not work. If the horn worked I could have stopped vehicle from hitting me.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #17

May 312005

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
The owner was involved in a crash on May 31, 2005. Suffered brain damage, facial bruising and clotting. Also suffered rib problems on the left side. Owner's airbags did not deploy at the time of the accident. Owner was the in the drivers seat. The airbag on the passenger side did not deploy either. There were no lights on the dashboard saying that there were any problems with the airbags. The point of impact was the driver's side. The biggest damage was on the front quarter panel, grill, hood, and the driver's side door. The driver was the only one that suffered injuries. The car was totaled. The owner has not been in contact with the dealer or the manufacturer. Owner was traveling at 65 mph when this happened.

- Fredericktown, MO, USA

problem #16

Mar 182005

Sebring 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
This complaint relates to a 1998 Chrysler seibring convertible. The vehicle has two horns. During warranty, one horn failed and the manufacturer replaced it. The dealer said they fail "a lot". after warranty the other horn failed. I paid to replace it. The dealer indicated they failed frequently. At 9X, xxx miles the fuse in the horn/power outlet blew. Dealer diagnosed it as a failure of the horn circuit in the steering column requiring replacement of the air-bag assembly -- cost with installation in excess of $800. Vehicle has been without horn awaiting parts for more than a week. The horn is a critical piece of safety equipment and must be simple and cheap to repair when broken. By linking the horn circuit through the airbag, Chrysler has made it neither cheap nor easy. Many people will have to operate their vehicle without a horn since they won't have the $800+ to make what should be a few dollar repair. Shame on Chrysler for making the horn circuit this way. Shame on you for tolerating horn failures that cost $800 to repair during the prime and useful life of the vehicle.

- Hudson, OH, USA

problem #15

May 142003

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,400 miles

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

I was involved in a car accident May 16th at 2:00 a.M. at the corner of page and bennington in creve coeur, mo. The entire front of the car is smashed in, yet the airbags did not go off, which, from what I have read at www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/chrysler_airbag.htm that this is a common occurrence in Chrysler vehicles. I suffered a concussion, though the doctor feared it was much worse, ordering up cat scans to make sure that there was no further bleeding in my brain. I furthermore, have, now, a stiff neck, which fails in comparison to other problems that people have had, due to the fact that the airbag did not release as is, from what I have been told, required if the impact is straight-on front side over 5 mph. Now, that may be simply speculation on my end, yet, I know right now that I have permanent brain damage due to a faulty airbag.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #14

Feb 092003

Sebring 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,300 miles
The vehicle was involved in a collision, and the airbags failed to deploy. The vehicle hydroplaned, also turned in a 360 degree angle, and bounced off of the concrete median. Scc

- Lumberton, TX, USA

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problem #13

May 082002

Sebring

  • miles
Airbags didnot deploy at collision with concrete wall at appox 55mph. Driver lost contro;L on wet pavement and hit wall with left side of front end then rest of front end, then spun around 180 degrees and hit the rear left trunk and back end of car. Insurance company totaled the car due to extensive body and frame damage.

- Oak Forest, IL, USA

problem #12

Oct 061999

Sebring

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer was involved in serious crash, hit another vehicle with front end. At 45 mph impact, dual airbags did not deploy, causing neck injuries.

- Seneca, SC, USA

problem #11

Mar 232001

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision at 35mph. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy, resulting in minor injury. Dealer and manufacture have been notified.

- Plainfield, NJ, USA

problem #10

Oct 252000

Sebring

  • miles
While traveling at 50 or 55 rear ended a car. Had slammed on brakes, brake pedal went to the floor, and vehicle did not stop. Upon impact, airbags didnot deploy.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #9

Oct 052000

Sebring

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling at 35-40 mph and as a result of an frontal accident air bags did not deploy. Seat belt did not hold during the accident.

- New Iberia, LA, USA

problem #8

Jun 062000

Sebring

  • miles

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

Vehicle accelerated suddenly and unexpectedly, resulting in a collision. Also, upon impact, airbags did not deploy. Manufacturer has been notified.

- Middlenton, WI, USA

problem #7

Nov 031999

Sebring

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling at 35 mph consumer was involved in a head-on collision. Upon impact, neither driver's side nor passenger side air bag deployed.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #6

Nov 021999

Sebring

  • miles
Person pulled out in front of me, I T-boned the other car at approximately 35 - 40 miles per hour. Airbags did no deploy, entire bumper was split in half on my vehicle. Fire department had to remove me from veh. Door on drivers side jammed. Severe front in damage to my car. Fireman asked why my airbags did not deploy, said as I believe they should of.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #5

Feb 022000

(reported on)

Sebring

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling at 45mph and trying to avoid an object in the raod consumer ran off the raod into a tree at 45mph front collision, and the air bags did not deploy. Dealer has been contacted.

- Campbellsville, KY, USA

problem #4

Feb 022000

(reported on)

Sebring

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling at 45mph and trying to avoid an object in the raod consumer ran off the raod into a tree at 45mph front collision, and the air bags did not deploy. Dealer has been contacted.

- Campbellsville, KY, USA

problem #3

May 171999

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
Consumer was making a turn, driving at approx 5- 10 mph when consumer hit another vehicle. Upon impact, dual airbags did not deploy. All damage was done from engine to transmission, to the front of vehicle, and the vehicle considered a total loss.

- Holland, PA, USA

problem #2

May 171999

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
Consumer was making a turn, driving at approx 5- 10 mph when consumer hit another vehicle. Upon impact, dual airbags did not deploy. All damage was done from engine to transmission, to the front of vehicle, and the vehicle considered a total loss.

- Holland, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 301998

(reported on)

Sebring

  • miles
The airbag did not deploy after hitting a utility pole head-on at approximately 40 to 45 mph.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

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