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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,469 miles

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2006 Chrysler Sebring electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #53

Apr 232016


  • 103,000 miles


Horn goes off on its own while driving. Same sometimes when it's parked unattended. This recurs once a week or so.

- Bridgewater, CT, USA

problem #52

Oct 252015


  • 105,000 miles
I am joining the many other owners who's horns go off, with out warning car off or car on. At the same time the horn now seems to have stopped working entirely leaving me no way to warn other drivers that do not see me. I can confirm the costive a repair is on the $1100 range and my local Chrysler reports they do this repair 4 times per week, nationwide. This repair is out of my budget and I think Chrysler needs to recall and repair these vehicles. The horn has gone off in stationary, motion, on a city street and highway and turning. Even with the engine shut off in the wee hours of the morning. Below you ask when did this happen? at least 20 times. The horn switch indeed includes the air bags. No way to test them but I fear they are not working as this switch is bad. I hope I don't find out the hard way.

- Selah, WA, USA

problem #51

Oct 202015


  • 63,000 miles
About 4:30 pm (rush hour) on 20 October 2015 I was driving South on I-95 South of Washington DC when the horn sounded continuously and unexpectedly, surprising me and drivers near me. I was going straight at about 60 mph. It stopped after I firmly depressed the horn pad twice. After I arrived at home the horn sounded again for about 1 minute. The car was parked with the wheel slightly to the left. I disconnected the horn and began researching on line. It didn't take long to find that this has been a common problem with Chrysler sebrings for quite a few years:

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #50

Nov 192014


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Sebring sedan. While driving 11 mph, the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Savanna, GA, USA

problem #49

Apr 092014


  • 96,000 miles
Horn goes off by itself, even sitting in the driveway turned off.

- Dupont, PA, USA

problem #48

Oct 012014


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Sebring. After being parked for a long period of time, the ignition was turned to the on position but the vehicle failed to start. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #47

Dec 222014


  • 75,632 miles


Car pulled out in front and hit the horn, which did not work, and now comes on only intermittently, or even on its own. This seems to be a common problem with the Sebrings and from blogs seems to be due to a faulty switch inside the airbag cover on the steering wheel. This is a terrible safety hazard and should have been recalled.

- Montclair, NJ, USA

problem #46

Dec 042014


  • miles
With soooo many complaints about the horn issue located in the same spot as the airbag no one has put the pieces together about hows this may be caused by the airbag issue. The horn only has major issues when the humidity is high. This is the same reason the airbags are having issues and deploying with shrapnel. Can someone fight for the consumer here there is over 70 complaints about the horn which the component is shared with the airbag. This is occurring during high humidity maybe as a warning something is wrong with the component harnessing the horn and airbag"???" or the airbag pressure is triggering the horn before the pressure builds to deploy for no reason other than humid weather.

- Fond Du Lac , WI, USA

problem #45

Oct 272014


  • miles
My horn sounds continuously in the middle of the night with no cause or prompting, causing unnecessary angst for me and discomfort for my neighbors.

- Florissant , MO, USA

problem #44

Nov 112013

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
In the beginning, the horn would sound randomly while the car was parked and unoccupied. It would continue to sound until we adjusted the steering wheel or pushed on the horn. However, now the horn sounds randomly while driving. It doesn't stop until I am able to pull over and remove the fuse. This creates an unsafe situation with other drivers. The dealership said that it was some sort of electrical failure in the horn and airbag within the steering wheel. We replaced the fuse that controls this mechanism, but it didn't work. The horn and airbag are an integral piece, so in order to replace the horn, we have to replace the airbag. This would cost more than $800. Our easiest solution was to remove the fuse that controls the horn/ airbag. This means that I'm driving it without an airbag or horn. This is extremely unsafe for other motorists and myself. I contacted Chrysler. They stated that there was nothing they could do, because the horn does not fall under any of the warranties and there has not been a recall for this part. There are hundreds of complaints online regarding the airbag and horn! it is very unsafe and common, therefore it should be investigated for a recall. I noticed that on the NHTSA site, people are categorizing this problem as "steering, " "electrical, " or "airbag, " because there is no category for "horn." I hope that this is not keeping the NHTSA from recognizing how many people are effected. Please investigate it.

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #43

Jun 042014

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


There is a defective part in the steering wheel that costs around $1000 dollars to fix. The horn will go off with any warning. There are currently 49 complaints on the car complaints website for the sebring model. the honking caused the person to swerve in front of me thinking that there was an emergency and almost caused a crash.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #42

Mar 272014

Sebring 4-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
I was driving at minimum speed to turn right and then I lost control of my steering wheel almost hit some cars and a pole but the sidewalk stopped the car from going anywhere I looked up online because I saw a recall that was related to my situation called dealership they said there was no recall for my car. Car is drivable like if nothing ever happened but I don't feel safe driving it.

- Elgin , TX, USA

problem #41

Jan 062014

Sebring 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Back in January, my horn in my 2006 sebring started blowing between 9 & 11 pm for some unknown reason. It lasted for about 40 seconds. I did think much of it at the time, but it started happening nightly. Practically every night the horns will blow for about 40 to 60 seconds. It seems to happen whenever there is a temperature drop outside. But now it will going off sometimes when I start the car and sometime while I am driving down the road. I have to hit the horn to stop it while driving to get it to stop. Other drivers and pedestrians seem to panic when it goes off because it is scares the hell of you when it goes off and there doesn't seem to be any danger in the area. My neighbors are getting a little annoyed with horn going off at night. It even when off at work while parked in the parking lot during the day. Chrysler needs to address this issue, because from what I have researched on this matter shows that this is a common problem with many sebring owners. Many of them do not even know that they can report this and most likely are footing the $1000 price tag for the defect.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #40

Mar 182014


  • 122,044 miles
Just purchased the car a year ago. Horn did not work since the purchase date. Finally decided to see if I could fix the problem. When trying to repair it, discovered fuse was removed because horn blows continuously.

- Massillon, OH, USA

problem #39

Mar 212011

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
In March or so of 2011, while driving, all of a sudden my horn just goes off for no reason whatsover and would not stop. I took it to a local mechanic and was informed that its a factory problem with the clockspring. This part however is attached to the air bag assembly & to replace it, the entire air bag assembly must be also replaced which is over $600 just for the part & another $1000 for labor. My only option was to completely disconnect the air bag assembly as its the only way to stop the horn. So now I have to drive the car without the air bag system. This is a direct safety defect!! I spoke with a Chrysler rep & they informed me that they had never heard of this problem with that years model, even though there are sooo many complaints online all over the usa about it... how can this not be a safety recall"?" I will never buy another Chrysler!!

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #38

Feb 282014


  • 98,185 miles
Horn started blowing on its own. Finally shut off after 4 minutes. Horn went off 5 times on March 14, 2014. Horn will turn on whether car is on or not.

- Colubus, OH, USA

problem #37

Mar 072014


  • 102,000 miles
I was just going down the road and the horn starting going off all by itself. Finally took out the fuse and went and bought a new fuse. That did not fix the problem. It went off when hitting unlock button on remote. Then took it to my mechanic and he said that the horn pad assembly which was a dealer only part had to be replaced. So right now I have just left the fuse out, because it is an expensive fix.this is a defect in the part and Chrysler should fix this issue. They say it will cost $1,000 for parts and labor. This is not the fault of what I did it is the fault of what they manufactured.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #36

Mar 052014

Sebring 4-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
1st time jut got out of driveway in a.M. and car horn went off and stayed on through most of street and then turned corner and went off again for several seconds as I approached 1st stoplight. 2nd time as I very briefly beeped horn at friend twice, near my local donuts place & mcd's, but it continued ! I was too embarrassed to stop. 3rd time no one around it parked in driveway when I was shoveling snow. Next & worst time as I was pulling in to stop at plaza and it continued as I shut off car and even restarted it and locked door & unlocked it by key and nothing! went inside car and pressed coast button and finally it stopped. Cops in car, were nearby when I came out later, said nothing, assumed it went off again with no one around ! 3 other times supposedly no one else around in driveway sometime within my earlier descriptions. Recall this thing!

- Parma , OH, USA

problem #35

Feb 072014


  • 100,000 miles
Driving down the road when my horn suddenly started going off. Did not turn off until I beat on the steering wheel. Continues to do this every day now, scaring drivers around me and there is nothing I can do about it.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #34

Feb 012014


  • 107,000 miles
I have a 2006 Chrysler Sebring sedan. Over the past week the horn malfunctions where it will blare for 30-40 seconds while it is parked and untouched. This also happened while driving and I had to punch the steering wheel a couple times for it to stop. I had to pull out the fuse today. Why Chrysler doesn't recall this is beyond me. It is dangerous and can cause an accident.

- Winston Salem , NC, USA

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