really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,514 miles

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2012 Chrysler 200 electrical problems

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2012 Chrysler 200 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #56

Jul 022013


  • miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 13V282000 (air bags, electrical system) and 16V668000 (air bags, seat belts) however, the parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was made aware of the issues. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available and parts distribution disconnect.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #55

Nov 112016


  • 59,900 miles
Vehicle stalled and would not start while driving (2 times )towed to dealer as (both times) tow driver could not restart. Dealer reported no computer codes and car started after car started on problem. There appears to be common safety hazard that has been experienced by many owners, that reportly Chrysler and NHTSA agreed upon a resolution to avoid a recall by Chrysler of this safety hazard in Sept 2012. Chrysler doesn't acknowledge and not sharing this information with dealers so they can take corrective action. Various attempts tried to resolve this hazardous condition have included replacing the powertrain module, camscope replacement, monitoring the on board with a copilot computer-which also showed no codes. The dealer did say that Chrysler suggested an additional module be added to the on board computer, but none of their customers returned a third or more times as previous attempts were unsuccessful and appeared to give up. This life threatening safety hazard needs to beinvestigated and resolved, as we were driving on a roadway and the motor just shut off., if this not resolved it will sometime cause injuries or deaths, which could end up with a recall something that Chrysler possible replacement of on computers.

- Bullhead City, AZ, USA

problem #54

Sep 012015


  • 9,000 miles
Cruise control has a short. If I hit the steering wheel air bag it will eventually turn on the cruise. This happens when the car is in motion and usually when I am traveling on a highway which makes it dangerously distracting. The car only has 13,000 miles on it. The problem has been going on about one year.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #53

Oct 032016

200 4-cyl

  • 59,725 miles


"takada recall" while driving down the road at 40 mph. I heard a chime and looked down at my instrument panel. The ABS and the electronic stability control was on. Light was on for both. But instead of the ESC it was the little car with wavy, jiggly lines under it. These two lights have been on constant for a good 3 weeks. It has gone out while driving a few times for a few minutes just to come back on and stay on almost all the time. There is no flashing of the lights. I don't drive every day. I drive around 5 times a week and short distances of 2 to 4 miles for the most part. There is also a whistling nice coming from the front of the vehicle. I don't think it is very safe to drive since the brakes and traction of the car are all to important part of me and my families safety. Please help with this issue. I paid and am still paying a lot for this car that now has 62000. Miles on it.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #52

Sep 232016


  • 88,000 miles
Takata recall ----while driving, in motion, to pick up my daughter from school I start to hear a winding sound. My electrical system that powers the radio and uconnect system starts to shut down. My ABS light and ESC light comes on and im starting to smell a burning in the car, while this winding sound is getting louder, smoke is coming from the hood. The timing or transmission is disabled, the car shutsdown in the middle of the road, in front of the school exit. We could have been struck from behind or the side of the vehicle. Car smells like it caught fire.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #51

Sep 082016


  • 66,631 miles
With no warning, no engine light, on I pulled out into traffic, turning right on a two way road the car went into traffic and suddenly no power. I was lucky to be able to drift on the shoulder. I towed my car to the dealer and was told it was the crank sensor. I asked what caused it, because I had no warning, they said it was probably a short. This could have been very tragic.

- Schertz, TX, USA

problem #50

Jul 232016


  • 89,444 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated and the horn randomly sounded without warning. In addition, the vehicle randomly stalled numerous times. A pass time failure occurred and the dealer rewired the vehicle. A mechanic indicated that the tipm was faulty and may need to be replaced. The mechanic suggested that the vehicle be taken to the dealer for further inspection. The dealer was notified of the failure and the contact was uncertain as to why they indicated that the orc module needed to be replaced, but did not verify if the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V282000 (air bags and electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was to check with the manufacturer to determine a repair solution for the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 89,444.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #49

Jul 152016


  • 67,000 miles
There was a recall on my vehicle I took it to the dealership in harrisonburg va to be repaired. They only fixed the active head restraints. My car failed a state inspection due to my airbag light illuminating. I have read that "certain" Chrysler 200's 2012 they are to reprogram the tipm then replace the occupant restraint module if needed. They refused to replace this gave me an estimate of $400. I called Chrysler and they also said my car was not recalled based on the VIN and my issue. I am a single mother with two kids my car has 67,000 miles on it has never been wrecked or damaged and I believe Chrysler should replace this. My car is only 4 years old an airbag should not become defective in 4 years. This exact issue is what other 2012 Chrysler 200S have also. I am still unable to have my car pass a state inspection and I also informed Chrysler that when passengers ride in that seat they are putting lives at risk by not acting quickly. It is dangerous and Chrysler should recall all 2012 200's. it hey informed me the problem is in the dash I don't even feel safe driving my car what if my air bags don't deploy? I will live with that the rest of my life and Chrysler should be held accountable for negligence. Just because my VIN number doesn't match at this time or the time frame they claim the defects were installed doesn't mean the part they installed isn't defective. I hope you all take this matter very seriously. This is a safety issue that could take or save lives.

- Staunton, VA, USA

problem #48

Jul 012016


  • 130,000 miles
Takata recall - I never received any information regarding this recall. I am just now (July 2016) experiencing the airbag warning light coming on and a warning tone being emitted randomly while I'm in motion. I'm interested to know if I can still take my car to the dealership to have it worked on under N38 13V282?

- Huntingdon, TN, USA

problem #47

Dec 012015


  • miles
My car heating system only heat half of the car and you can smell antifreeze coming through the vents. The passenger from window has stop working, it will come down but want go up. And the two windows in the back is trying to stop working. I just got this car on 11/01/2015 with only 32,000 miles on it.

- Maple Hts, OH, USA

problem #46

Jun 162016


  • 40,600 miles


While on the freeway in the rain, the windshield wipers stop in motion and stay in upward position against the windshield. Freeze up of wipers is intermittent. Wipers do not always respond to off position.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #45

Jun 032016


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently, the RPM gauge increased from 0-4, and the speedometer gauge failed to display the actual speed. The failure recurred numerous times. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the battery was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 99,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #44

Feb 152016


  • 55,843 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V282000 (electrical system); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. On a separate occasion, when the brakes were applied and the gear was placed into park, the vehicle accelerated through a wall. The air bags deployed. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and later towed to geico. The front end of the vehicle was replaced. The dealer diagnosed the brakes. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 51,000.

- Ocean Side, CA, USA

problem #43

Nov 082015


  • miles
Dear sir/ madam: 11-08-15 a fire occurred at my house which was located at 5253 braidwood cv, on the above date, I parked my 2012 Chrysler 200 in the garage and went to bed. Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour after retiring, I was awakened by a loud explosion and my neighbors beating on my front door to awaken me and my 21 year old grandson. He also was sleeping in another bedroom. When both of us attempted to escape from the house through the kitchen/garage entrance, we were met my heavy bellowing grey and black smoke that prevented our exit and almost overwhelmed us. Several months later, I am yet suffering from the shock and emotional trauma. Because of dealing with flashbacks, nightmares, intermittent waves of nervousness, deep sadness, feelings of grief/loss, periodic confusion, digestion issues, and numerous financial concerns, I am in professional counseling. I have been unable to write this letter until now. Even now, a friend is assisting me with completing this communication. This is the second contact I have had with your corporation. The first was the morning after the fire, when my son called on my behalf from his cell phone. He was informed that there was no recall of this particular Chrysler 200, however there were some known problems with the gas tank and ignition systems that were built between March and November of 2012. Please understand. I lost my house, 23 long years¿ worth of cherished belongings, and the car I recently purchased. I lost everything in the fire. I decided that, I would rather initially contact Chrysler directly. My hope is that Chrysler will understand the gravity of the situation and do the right thing without going through expensive attorneys. 901239.0809/email ldmadd@hotmail.com. Lois madison https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=cebfb7D86D50E64D!750&authkey=!aalipdbqwpwsze8&ithint=folder%2C

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #42

May 312016


  • 60,000 miles
Takata recall: There is a problem with the electronic throttle control light that causes the car to decelerate randomly, in combination with a ticking sound that comes from the air bag area of the glove box that is exacerbated by the ac and the heat being turned on. I feel that the car is unsafe to drive, although it says there is no open recall on these components. This happened several times to me on the expressway today.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #41

May 222016


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. The contact stated that while driving at 70 mph, the headlights failed without warning. The contact also stated that the traction control, the cruise control and the ABS warning lights were illuminated. The contact also stated that there was a grinding noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to be diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 112,000.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #40

Apr 052016

200 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power. In addition, the vehicle was no longer operable. The vehicle was towed back to the contact's residence. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 42,000. Updated 06/14/16 updated 06/16/16.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #39

Feb 012016


  • 73,000 miles
I am an owner of a 2012 Chrysler 200 and on Feb. 1st while sitting in my driveway a fire started in the internal. I called Chrysler and I received a letter that they will not take responsibility for any manufacturing or assembly error. A week prior before the car caught on fire the heat would only work on the driver side. This vehicle is not safe and it is very disturbing that a company like Chrysler would not take responsibility for an unsafe vehicle.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #38

Nov 122015


  • 60,000 miles
My cars A/C heater blend door actuator has gone out. Upon my research I see there are numerous Chrysler 200 owners with the same problem. It is my understanding GM recalled the same part from the same manufacturer. Shouldn't Chrysler recall the part as well? the problem is persistent in the part continually clicks, cold air running through the vents when the heater is on.

- Sneedville, TN, USA

problem #37

Nov 172015


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Chrysler 200. While driving approximately 10 mph and activating the right turn signal, the windshield wipers engaged automatically. The failure recurred every time the turn signals were used. In addition, the heater would blow hot air through the driver side vents and cold air through the passenger side vents. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

- Memphis, TN, USA

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