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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,710 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 Sebring seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #13

Feb 102011

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


2001 Chrysler sebring lxi no horn, no cruise control, and air bag deactivated (light on) all three of these issues are due to a defective clock spring part# 4649092ac by Chrysler Corp. They had this same issue with their late 90's to early 2000 mini van's. this is a real threat to public safety, and there need to be action taken; do to the fact there are thousands of these clock springs (4649092ac) on the road. Do to the cost of this repair (check alldata auto repair guide), a lot of people will opt out of doing this repair.

- Colton, Ca., CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 212009


  • 62,299 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring. While at a stop light, the passenger side air bag suddenly exploded and shattered part of the windshield. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the entire air bag needed to be replaced. There were no injuries. The current and failure mileages were 62,299. Updated 08/28/09. Updated 08/31/09.

- Alliance, OH, USA

problem #11

May 142007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,195 miles
Heard something rip or break inside steering wheel when pulling out of a parking space, followed by the air bag light turning on. No problems with steering, but fear a costly repair for the air bag and or clock spring mechanism. Had to replace hub bearings 3 times.

- Ramsey, NJ, USA

problem #10

Apr 022007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • miles


The airbags in 2001 Chrysler sebring did not deploy in a front impact crash* the consumer submitted a claim to the manufacturer, however it was denied. The manufacturers claimed, the impact didn't significantly involve the frame and it did not create the longitudinal (front to back) necessary to deploy the air bags. The conclusion was supported by the readings from the onboard computer that disclosed no codes-indicating that the airbag system was fully operational at the time of the accident.

- Park City, KS, USA

problem #9

Dec 292006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2001 Chrysler Sebring convertible. While driving at 30 mph the contact's vehicle crashed into the passenge's R door of a 2001 Dodge Ram. The air bags did not deploy during the crash. The manufacturer stated that the crash did not create the longitudinal back to front deceleration necessary to deploy air bag. The onboard computer report stated that the air bags were operational. The crash destroyed the vehicle. The current mileage was 85000. Updated 04/12/07.

- Park City, KS, USA

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problem #8

Feb 082006

Sebring 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
My wife was in a frontal crash with enough impact to nearly push the engine into the passenger compartment. The car was totaled by the insurance company. The air bags never deployed. I believe this was defective equipment or design. I do have digital pictures that show the extent of damage.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #7

Sep 052004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Driver was involved in a frontal collision. Upon impact both frontal air bags failed to deploy. Driver sustained minor injuries. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 092003

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,740 miles
Airbag/clockspring failure. Was in front end crash at 25-30mph and airbags did not go off. This was on 06-26-04 got the car fix at earnhardt auto body a five star dealer. On 10-09-04 the airbag light came on. So I took it back they said they would call my insurance to see if they would cover the work. They would if it was from the crash. The computer showed no error code so I had to pay. Body shop said they can't fix I would have to take to service.but the tech at body said it was a bad clockspring. So on 10-11-04 I took to service and they told me they would have to do a diagnostic which I had just paid for at there body shop. I told them this but this did'nt matter.but I need my car getting to work. So I let them keep it for a diagnostic. A few hours later they called and said it was a bad clockspring and it would cost about $481. Because my warranty was up in time not miles. Was up by abot a month and week or two. I ask them if this was a safety concern and they no. Call for more info on this story.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #5

Oct 112003

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
While driving approximately 30 mph brake pedal fell apart, causing vehicle to hit a temporary concrete wall in a construction zone. Upon impact, front air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained minor injuries to the head and arms. The rubber grip on the brakes popped off when brakes were applied. Consumer noted the air bags were a design flaw since they didn't deploy even though there are two sensors. Vehicle has been repaired. (father on behalf on son).

- Brecksville, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 122003

(reported on)

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Consumer's vehicle was involved in a front end collision while driving at 20 mph and the front air bags did not deploy. There was no indication or warning that there was a problem with the air bags before the collision.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 022002


  • miles


Consumer states that while driving at 30 mph the consumer hit a pot hole in the road and with out any warning the two front air bags deployed, the passenger side air bag went throught the windshield glass.

- Middle Village, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 032002


  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision oat 40 mph and neither air bag deployed. Dealer and manufacturer were not notified at this time. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Dec 112001


  • miles
Driver's airbag did not deploy in front end collision.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

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