really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,500 miles

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 182008

PT Cruiser

  • 72,000 miles


We owned a 2003 PT CRUISER and I had a wreck on April 18, 2008 and the air bags didn't deploy and the shoulder strap did not catch to hold me from being thrown forward. I was stopped at a red light and a car rear ended me at approximately 50 mph. It threw me forward into the steering wheel and I injured my left shoulder where I had my had resting on the steering wheel. I had to have surgery and I feel that this would not have happened if the shoulder strap had caught when the collision happened. We bought another PT CRUISER, a 2007 and my husband and his friend who was driving had an accident on January 21, 2009. They swerved to keep from hitting a dog and hit a guard rail almost head on and again the air bags did not deploy and the shoulder straps did not catch. I feel that this could be a bad problem with the PT CRUISER. Have you had any other reports of this sort of problem?

- Lafollette, TN, USA

problem #1

Sep 012006

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
9/1/06 as I was parking my car my drivers side air bag deployed. After several phone calls and emails to Chrysler's customer service division, there was no reply. On 9/29/06, my passenger side airbag deployed, as well as my passenger side seat belt locked up while I was driving 50 miles an hour. That day I called Chrysler again and an investigation was created. After the investigation Chrysler found no responsibility on their part. I submitted a claim into my insurance company, and they found the defect to be a manufacturers defect, and will not cover the deployed air bags or locked seat belt. At this time there has been no reparation.

- Bricktown, NJ, USA

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