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:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,908 miles

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 222016

PT Cruiser

  • 53,000 miles


The contact owned a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that the vehicle was involved in a front end collision while driving 25 mph. The seat belt pre-tensioner did not lock and the air bags did not deploy. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was not towed to the contact's residence. A police report was filed. There was one injury that required medical attention. The contact suffered from a bruised chest, hands, shoulder pain, neck pain, and leg pain. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was approximately 53,000. Updated 05/04/16

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 232014

PT Cruiser

  • 85,540 miles
The driver seat belt will not stay fastened it comes lose and hits me in the face or head as it retracts the failure of it to lock in in this type of circumstance is dangerous and the seat belt is ineffective and makes the car unsafe

- Burnside, KY, USA

problem #3

Nov 192013

PT Cruiser

  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact stated that another vehicle crashed into the rear of her vehicle while sitting at a complete stop. The air bags failed to deploy and the seat belt tensioner failed to restrain the contact. The contact sustained injuries when she was thrown into the steering wheel. There were a total of four vehicles involved in the crash. The vehicle was able to be driven from the crash site but was not inspected to determine the cause of the air bag or seatbelt failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,000.

- Brentwood , NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 012009

PT Cruiser

  • 88,000 miles
Seat belt tensioner jams in middle rear seat of 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. I previously paid to repair this exact same problem in 2004 and it has happened again. Contacted Chrysler and the local dealership but the only solution seems for me to pay to fix it again. I have been driving cars for almost 30 years and have never had a seat belt problem. I mean, seat belts aren't supposed to break - your life depends on them. This problem occurred in August 2004 and again in August 2009.

- Frostburg, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 272008

PT Cruiser

  • 151,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving approximately 30 mph on normal road conditions, the contact rear ended another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The failure occurred without warning. In addition, the driver's side seat belt failed to restrain properly and forced the driver into the steering wheel. The driver sustained severe injuries and the police and ambulance were called to the scene. The vehicle was towed to the collision center and was completely destroyed. The cause of the failure has not been determined. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 151,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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