Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Whenever a new product is introduced, there's bound to be some problems. And man oh man, does the 2006 Commander have some problems.

It's the plight of the 1st-generation adopter: you get the newest and shiniest in exchange for a handful of issues that get ironed out in future versions. But what happens when that handful of issues becomes a bucketload? The 2006 Commander has quality control issues like the door handles breaking off and the sunroof leaking. But what's truly worrisome is the electrical problems like the vehicle shutting down unexpectedly, gauges going crazy or the cruise control having a mind of its own.

Bottom line: if you want a Jeep Commander, you're better off looking at a later model year.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,174 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.

2006 Jeep Commander seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Jun 072013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 113,000 miles


The passenger seat belt does not latch. You have to hold down the red press button to latch. Once latched the seat belt alarm continues to chime like is does not recognize the seat belt is latched. It's annoying but at the same time concerned if the seat belt is working properly. After researching on line there are several complaints and this should be consider a recall.

- Coppell, TX, USA

problem #16

Jun 182013

Commander 8-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
I was 270 miles away from home when the passenger side seatbelt would not lock. I brought it into the local Jeep dealership to inquire if there was some easy fix or if they had a part on hand. They informed me that they could in fact have the part the following day. I had to return to work the next day so that was not going to be an option. The part I was told would be a little over $300 for parts and labor. After some research I discovered that this seems to be a problem with my year of vehicle. My passenger had to ride the way home in the back seat. Not exactly ideal. Considering the fact that the seatbelt is quite possibly the most effective safety device of any vehicle I can not imagine Jeep not putting out a recall for the safety of its consumers. I understand the concept of warranty on a vehicles engine, but a seatbelt is not something I would think needs replacement. Not everyone has money to pay for this fix, nor should they be asked to pay for this serious defect that could be the difference between life and death. I love my vehicle I just expect more concern from the company that made it.

- Bottineau, ND, USA

problem #15

Jul 012012


  • 74,000 miles
Second roll seatbelt plastic red casing around the release button broke first on passenger side replaced that one then on drivers side this caused seatbelts to unbuckle easily with a slight tug of belt very dangerous with small children.

- Sheldon, IL, USA

problem #14

Jun 122012


  • 75,000 miles


The 2nd row seat belts are unable to latch properly. Now 4 seat belts in Jeep do not latch properly. This is a major safety hazard and should have a recall. All auto companies should back their product and repair seat belts. Not to mention several of the interior door handles have busted out.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #13

Sep 062012


  • 75,000 miles
The driver side seat belt buckle stopped functioning properly over a couple of weeks. It was hard to engage the belt then it stopped recognizing the belt was buckled and the warning continually came on. Passenger side is now doing same. I had driver's buckle replaced at a whopping cost of approx. $400.

- Houston, TX, USA

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problem #12

Apr 022013


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the driver's side seat belt failed to properly secure the contact. The vehicle was not taken the dealer nor was the manufacturer notified. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000. The VIN was not available. Mah

- Greenville, MS, USA

problem #11

Jul 022012

Commander 8-cyl

  • 38,000 miles


My Jeep Commander driver and passenger seat belts do not lock into place correctly. To get them to lock you have to press and hold in the red release button, then to unlock the seat belt you have to press the red release button. Now as of November 22, 2012 the passenger seat belt is hard to lock into place even when pushing the button.the alarm goes off as if it is not engaged and the light on the dash lights up and chimes continuously. I called Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 on November 26, 2012 and was told that there are no recalls. I was told I would have to take it in and pay for a diagnostic and then call back and maybe something can be done. She gave me a reference number, but said that she is still closing the case. When this happened I looked online and found many complaints for the exact same issue. This is a serious safety hazard and should be handled properly by Chrysler since it is a defect. I hardly even drive this car and have had older cars which I drove more often that never had any issues. With this same vehicle I had to deal with the stall issues for several months before it was fixed. Every time I took it to the dealership I was told that they would have to have it happen while they have it to diagnose it. I have had a Wrangler in the past too that had problems.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #10

Apr 082012

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that while driving in inclement weather at approximately 35-45 mph, an elk crashed into the front end of the vehicle. The driver and passenger side air bags both failed to deploy. The passenger seated in the front seat sustained injuries to the back and head. The contact sustained injuries to the neck and back. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that the elk did not impact the vehicle in the area of the air bag sensors therefore, the air bags did not deploy. The contact stated that the air bag was defective and that the air bag warning light was illuminated prior to the crashed. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was filed of the incident.. the vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileage was 114,000. Updated 12/12/12 updated 12/21/2012

- Tulare , CA, USA

problem #9

Feb 012012

Commander 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Jeep Commander driver and passenger seat belts do not lock into place correctly. To get them to lock you have to press and hold in the red button, then to unlock the seat belt you also have to press the red button. Now in addition, the passenger seat belt when locked into place - the alarm goes off as if the seat belt is not engaged and the dash light also is lit up. Sometimes with multiple lock/unlock attempts the alarm may go off. Often it chimes relentlessly even when seat belt is engaged. Chrysler customer care will not fully replace the defective seat belts even though it is a safety hazard.

- Odessa, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 162007

Commander 6-cyl

  • miles
I had a warranty on my Jeep and called in about my seats belt in 2008, told the company my rear seatbelts were falling apart and not able to click into place, as well as my 2nd row seat belts the plastic around them are falling off and the belts are not locking. The daimler Chrysler warranty company told me it was not covered under any recall, but this would be a defect in the seat belts not locking into belts clasps and not plastic is coming off, and my kids are coming out of the seatbelts, almost ending up in a wreck back in 2007, rep from warranty said there was nothing that could be done I would have to pay for seatbelts to be looked at. I am unable to securely put my kids in the back seats now. I am researching recalls now and seen I can make a formal complaint.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 232012

Commander 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


I am 5 months pregnant and my driver's side seat belt will not click into the latch easily. I have to literally bang it to get the latch to catch. I am concerned about the safety and intergity of belt especially if in a crash-will it come unlatch? plus, being midway through my pregnancy I am concerned about the other seat belts in the car, especially the one I will be using to carry my child in. I was concerned about a safe car seat now I must be concerned about the seat belt as well!!! my vehicles seat belt warning system will not alert to unclicked belt. It assumes that the belt is latched in place.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #6

Jan 172012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. The contact stated that the rear seat belts had been cut and destroyed by the rear retractable seat. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 06V037000 (seat belts:rear) but was advised by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included because it was not built at a plant affected by the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The current mileage was 78,463 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 292010


  • miles
2006 Jeep Commander 4X4 trail rated.

- Avondale, AZ, USA

problem #4

Apr 152009


  • 2,555 miles
Recall notice from Chrysler. Took Commander into shop for repair. After 4 hours, technician stated that unable to download program from corporate computer to fix. Need to bring car back later. This is the second time for a recall, and our car has been in there a total of 4 times for safety issues such as broken seat belts. It has been there a number of other visits, starting at 2555 miles, for defective windshield mount, defective gas fill line mount, and defective windshield wiper fluid pump. Previous hazards were handled, but resulted in a good number of days of at least 6 hour services. Now, after 4 hours, this service is not completed and I have to bring the car back again.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 102008


  • 15,771 miles
Jan. 1., 07--replace windshield; at 20,853 mi. Rotors warped, needed to be resurfaced; 25,000 air only works on high and low--resistor motor ordered; 30,500, front and rear rotors warped, resurfaced; 32,000 car won't start--nothing found; 36,063, car started, then shut off and would not restart; security control module replaced; 39049, car would not start--towed to dealer replaced immobolizer control module; resistor blower motor finally replaced; resurfaced both front and rear rotors again; 48,010 car won't start; starter replaced starter; resistor blower motor again faulty, replaced motor, resistor and wiring; 50,831won't start again, towed to dealer, battery dead due to unfounded short, cause unknown, installed new battery; 58,0573 won't start, no crank, battery dead would not charge--suspected radio was the culprit replaced battery and radio; 61,5932 towed to dealer will not start battery voltage low checked all charging systems, replaced battery again; 61,700 car would not start--towed to dealer where it remains. I have a car that I owe 18K on that I cannot trade in because of this history it is only worth 8K. Throughout ownership I have had intermittent stalling, constant hesitation in acceleration. Additionally, the rear seat belt has let go and caused my son to hit his face on the back seat. Problems with seat belt latch sliding so that belt will not hook. Cannot see when backing up when my 5 kids are in the car. Tire pressure light comes on often, as does the air bag light. Exterior headlights are tilted so that they look like highbeams. This car is a danger.

- Milford, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 142007

Commander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,850 miles
My 2006 Jeep Commander (4.7 liter) constantly stalls and hesitates and the dealer keeps telling me they can't find anything wrong but there are hundreds of complaints online about the same thing and I want to know why this has not been recalled. Also the third row seat belts seem to have a problem.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 282007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 4.7 V8 Jeep Commander has had multiple problems, the most severe being 3 (out of 7) inoperable seatbelts and sporadic stalling of the vehicle. The first 8 - 10 times the vehicle stalled (went dead), I was at a stopped position attempting to accelerate. The most recent incident happened as I was driving in traffic. I lost all power steering and brakes when the vehicle died. I was going up a slight incline which assisted me in stopping and I put the vehicle in neutral and restarted. I have refused to drive the vehicle since that time out of safety concerns for my children and for others on the road. The dealership has attempted to correct the problem on 4 occasions - nothing has worked. The Chrysler corporation refuses to buy-back the vehicle because the dealership has not duplicated the problem in the shop. I have witnesses to the occurrences and have documented each time it has happened.

- Pearl, MS, USA

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