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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,503 miles

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2002 Chrysler Sebring seat belts / air bags problems

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2002 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Jun 302014


  • 121,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Sebring sedan. While driving at 30 mph, the driver side air bag warning light illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 121,000.

- Marble Falls, TX, USA

problem #22

Mar 092015


  • 51,000 miles
My air bag light has come on and has been on for over 3 months. I saw today on wink news that 2002 Chrysler were being recalled due to air bags. I looked up my vehicle by VIN number and it says 0 recalls. Could you please let me know if auto is safe to drive.

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #21

Jul 072013


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owned a 2002 Chrysler Sebring. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle was involved in a crash. The air bag on the driver side exploded. The vehicle was destroyed and towed away. The driver had metal fragments in the arm as a result of the explosion. Both the driver and passenger received medical attention. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

- Murrells Inlet, SC, USA

problem #20

Feb 102015

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 118,204 miles


The airbag light has come on and off for the last couple of month. I took it to the dealership and also did some research online regarding the light only to find that this is a more than common, irreparable issue. On 2/10/2015, while driving- specifically coming to a stop, I saw a swirl of what appeared to be smoke, coming out around the steering column. A woman, with only my son in the car, I was fearful, pulled the car to the side and had it towed. I have since been advised that what I saw was not smoke, rather, powder from the airbag which is apparently leaking. That has not been repaired. I resumed driving and after about a day and a half, the air bag light is back on.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #19

Jul 082013

Sebring 6-cyl

  • miles
Air bag light just stays on!

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

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problem #18

Jun 152012

Sebring 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
The horn doesn't work, check engine light always on, airbags light on clock spring needs to be replace, and it seems that a lot of people are having the same problem... my car wont be able to pass the emission test... ac compressor doesn't work.

- Norwalk , CT, USA

problem #17

Apr 212011

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 107,392 miles


My clock spring failed rendering my horn, air bag, and cruise control inoperable. This seems to be a common problem with chyrsler products.

- Rural Ridge, PA, USA

problem #16

Jul 152008


  • 20,000 miles
Air bag light on 2002 Chrysler sebring gtc convertible mysteriously goes on & off. This seems to be a stock trouble for this particular auto as seen on the internet.

- Little Silver, NJ, USA

problem #15

Jul 152009


  • 122,000 miles
Air bag light is on, stays on, and the alarm for it intermittently sounds.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #14

Feb 122009


  • 60,000 miles
The airbag light in my 2002 Chrysler sebring lxi convertible comes on constantly. It comes on and off as it pleases. I am worried this is a safety issue. The Chrysler dealership "fixed" it but a few months (after warranty was expired) it was back on. This has been an ongoing issue for about a year.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #13

Jan 142009


  • 41,000 miles


Airbag clockspring failed under normal driving conditions. Car has 41,000 miles.

- Dowell, IL, USA

problem #12

Apr 252008


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chrysler Sebring convertible. While the contact's daughter was driving 30 mph, the brake pedal extended to the floor when it was depressed. His daughter crashed into another vehicle and the front air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The insurance company stated that the vehicle was destroyed and would not investigate why the air bags did not deploy. The contact's daughter received injuries to her face and neck. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Randolph, NJ, USA

problem #11

Feb 252007

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,500 miles
Heard cracking noises from steering column. Air bag indicator light came on; horn does not work; cruise control does not work. Note: Dealer aware of problem. "air bag clock spring" failure. Part is currently on national backorder from Chrysler, according to dealer service mgr. As a result, vehicle does not have a functioning air bag SRS, horn, or cruise control. Basically, this one part failure has rendered the vehicle unsafe and illegal to operate while I await a manufacturer's back ordered part.

- Purcellville, VA, USA

problem #10

Aug 012006


  • miles
Airbag light comes on intermittently at various times, with no obvious triggers. Sometimes it's on for days or weeks, other times it comes on and goes off every few seconds, other times it stays off for months. Totally bizarre. I'm sick of it, but I can't trade it in with the light constantly doing stupid stuff like that. This has been happening since I bought the car in 2003. It's a 2002 Sebring convertible. This has happened at least 400 times.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #9

Oct 102005


  • 24,762 miles
Consumer 2002 Sebring air bag light illuminated and seat belts were inoperable. ***** the driver's side seat belt retractor was defective.

- Urbana, IL, USA

problem #8

Dec 192005

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
"air bag" light began illuminating intermittently when car was approximately 9 months old. Could not duplicate for repair. Problem continues intermittently and brought in to a Chrysler dealer about November of 2004 and resulted in replacement of "seat belt tensioner". problem continued intermittently after about 3 months. Brought into a Chrysler dealer for service a third time in December of 2005. Dealer wants $500+ for replacement of "seat belt tensioner" again and a clock spring (?) in the steering column.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 192003

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I leased the 2002 sebring convertable lxi on Sept 9, 2002 since then I have been having on going problems with the air bag light since June 2003 to this date May 2005. Still having the problem. They have replaced the seat belt tensioner 3 times N the driver side and 2 on the passenger side, along with the seat belt buckle, set belt extracter. The dealership keeps replacing these parts but every other month it seems that the air bag like is still coming on. Amongst other issues I am having with this vehicle such as the steering pulling left to right or when I excel {4 times this has happened} the steering spins 3-4 times completely around I have been complaining about this since June 2003. The transmission is bucking, slipping, and/or sticking into gear, I have been complaning about this issue to the dealership since February 2004. To this day May 15, 2005 all the above complaints are still an issue.

- Westwood, NJ, USA

problem #6

Dec 172004


  • miles
Airbag light staying on, and clicking noise in steering wheel when turning. Took to dealership where we purchased vehicle. They replaced a clock spring.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #5

Nov 102004

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,050 miles
Airbag/clock spring broke while making a right hand turn into a parking space. This failure made the airbag light come on and the steering to make a clicking sound while turning. I contacted the selling dealership and was advised to bring the car in as soon as I could. The airbag could deploy on it's own or may not deploy in case of a collision. I took the car to the dealership for repairs. I found technical service bulletin #0801001 and #1900702 pertaining to this problem and notified the dealership. The dealership repaired the car which I purchased new less than 2 years ago, but is out of warranty because of mileage. I was charged for the repairs. I think a safety issue, such as this, which is known about, should be covered under policy by the manufacturer.

- Thaxton, VA, USA

problem #4

Apr 162004

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,765 miles
While driving air bag warning light illuminated and stayed on the remainder of the time while vehicle was being operated. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. A rattling noise could be heard in the dash area. The consumer found a nut and notified the dealer. The dealer informed the consumer that the nut did not belong in the dash and they insulated the dash so no more noise could be heard. The consumer feels the nut came from something in the dash. The seat belt pre-tensioner was replaced three times. The transmission fluid began to leak. The dealer determined that the cooler line clamps became loose and caused the transmission fluid to leak.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

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