really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
156,605 miles

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 162016

PT Cruiser

  • 41,000 miles


The contact owned a 2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER convertible. While driving at various speeds, the contact's vehicle was rear ended by a commercial vehicle. As a result, the contact lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle did a nose dive and flipped several times before coming to a stop. Some of the vehicle's occupants were ejected and others were stuck in the vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The contact and two other occupants sustained injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was deemed destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 41,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 06/15/16

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #8

Sep 112015

PT Cruiser

  • 1,000,000 miles
Car stop at red light hit from behind by 2016 car driven by girl just got liscense car was driven into a ulitey truck air bag never engaged was hit with enough force to send truck forward about 2 feet

- Bushkill, PA, USA

problem #7

Sep 232015

PT Cruiser

  • 50,000 miles
Driving down residential street and an SUV accelerated from driveway or side of road without looking and crushed the passenger door and panel. Passenger had to be extricated and airbags did not deploy.

- Jerome, ID, USA

problem #6

May 052014

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 39,400 miles


The problem I have been having with the air bag light of my 2005 pt convertible cruiser has been going on for 7 years and 6 attempts to fix it. Chrysler customer care service has authorized the napleton dealership in lake park, Florida, to fix the problem with the air bag light twice: Once in September 2012, and most recently in May 2014. The service department performs the same replacement of the harness buckle apparatus each time, but that is clearly not the underlying reason that the air bag light comes on after every attempt to fix it. After the fourth attempt to fix it failed by a different dealership in tallahassee, Florida, it was suggested that the underlying problem was probably with the entire wiring system of the car, but during the 5th and 6th attempts to repair the air bag light, the dealership did not seem willing to look into this and ended doing the exact same repair that has been attempted for 7 years. Meanwhile I have been told that the car is not safe to drive when the air bag light is on.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #5

Jan 012013

PT Cruiser

  • 130,000 miles
Vehicle air bag light flashes on and off when a person around 75-150lbs sits in the passenger seat. This happens at any speed. Occasionally the airbag light will work normally; issue seems to be related to whether the seat is occupied when the engine is started, or occupied after the engine is started. Many others on PT CRUISER forums report similar symptoms.

- Temecula, CA, USA

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problem #4

Nov 032012

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 45 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact was driving approximately 45 mph and in an attempt to avoid crashing into an animal, abruptly moved the steering wheel. As a result, the contact crashed into a ditch. The vehicle rolled over four times before landing upside, on all four wheels. The air bags failed to deploy with the impact. The contact sustained severe injuries to the neck. The passenger sustained injuries to the shoulder, right knee and a fractured sternum. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an authorized dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The vehicle had not been inspected for the cause of the air bag failure. The failure mileage was unavailable. Updated 5/22/13 updated 05/30/2013

- Stonewall, OK, USA

problem #3

Oct 202010

PT Cruiser

  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving 40 mph she crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The vehicle was destroyed and the air bags did not deploy. The passenger sustained head injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed by the insurance company. The manufacturer was called and stated that a representative would contact her within 24 hours. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Vidor, TX, USA

problem #2

Apr 132010

PT Cruiser

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Chrysler PT CRUISER. The contact was driving at approximately 30 mph when the contact drove over black ice, slid and crashed into a pole. The air bags did not deploy and the vehicle was destroyed. The contact was injured and a police report was filed. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 89,000.

- Arnold, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 182007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Customer believes he had a faulty air bag system. Customer states that the air bag system was faulty because the air bags did not deploy in an accident causing injuries to himself and two other passengers. The consumers 2 children were injured due to the seat belt impact. The consumer injured his knee and suffered a concussion. The consumer provided multiple pictures of the vehicle and also pictures of the injured parties. Georgia accident report. Updated 09/26/07

- Suwanee, GA, USA

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