Notes: Chrysler has taken the boring small car frame of the Neon, grafted a 1930s-era roadster body on top and named it the PT Cruiser. While the new look may appeal to some, the vehicle has unfortunately also inherited many of the same problems as the Neon.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 192013

PT Cruiser

  • miles


I own a turbo booster child car seat, manufactured 5-28-2012 by graco children's products Inc.. the child safety seat will snap out from the base and it can recline all the way back like laying position! there was not enough safety installation instructions when we bought it. On November 19 8 am I get ready drive to work and my 3 year old was buckled in her car seat behind the drivers side of my 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER she was belted over her shoulder correctly, she was not restrained safe enough because we are lucky to be alive. We were tboned by a kenworth semi logging truck coming out of our driveway, she was thrown out of the carseat on the floor behind my drivers seat. She caught her finger on the belt it was dislodged before thrown to the floor and she received stitches on her index finger laceration she also was hurt on the head back and belly she was taken to the hospital by ambulance (related vehicle information: Model year=2001, make=Chrysler, model=PT CRUISER)

- Hill City, SD, USA

problem #2

Mar 082009

PT Cruiser

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER and a 2008 evenflo embrace child restraint seat model number 4851906A. The contact was transporting the child in an "infant only" child restraint seat. The handle of the child restraint seat loosened when grasped firmly. The handle was not attached securely to the restraint seat. The handle did not fail. There was slipping of the handle which could cause release of the child seat and occupant. There were no injuries. The restraint seat was replaced for safety issues involved. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The VIN number was unknown.

- Jennings, LA, USA

problem #1

Jan 202006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
: the contact owns a touriva #22-130 wal convertible child seat manufactured by cosco juvenile on June 29, 2005. The shield assembly dislodged from the child seat shell. The shield assembly was loose prior to the complete dislodgement. The manufacturer has not been alerted.

- Culleoka, TN, USA

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