Notes: The 2006 is the worst year for PT Cruiser engine complaints. Having an engine light on is annoying, but it's the complaints about the engine shutting-off while driving that really have us concerned.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,725 miles

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 232010

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


I was driving my 2006 PT CRUISER and a girl driving a Grand Cherokee Jeep ran a stop sign and hit me in the driver side front fender and driver door. My three children were in the car with me. The impact flipped my car 3 or more times landing us on the drivers side. Neither of airbags deployed from the impact. I was driving at approximately 45 mph and she was coming down a hill to the stop sign but showed no sign of slowing down. Her speed was probably around 50 mph. The point of contact was at the drivers door and fender and it was crushed. The car was a total loss. I have a neck injury from the whiplash and the flipping of the car and not sure at this point if it will ever get better. It has been 7 mths. I believe Chrysler should be made liable for the airbags not deploying with such an impact as we had.

- Ararat, VA, USA

problem #4

Aug 202008

PT Cruiser

  • 91,624 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER. While driving 55 mph, the contact was run off the road by another vehicle. The vehicle spun around, struck a guard rail, and landed in a ditch. The air bags failed to deploy. The front driver's side of the vehicle was damaged and the contact was injured. The vehicle was unable to be driven and was towed to the shop for repair. There were no other passengers in the vehicle and the contact was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. The air bags have not been serviced. A police report was filed. The failure mileage was 91,624.

- Winona, TX, USA

problem #3

Mar 292008

PT Cruiser

  • miles
2006 Chrysler PT CRUISER with several safety issues. Consumer states that the vehicle was involved in and accident with everything in the vehicle locked including the brakes the vehicle kept moving and only driver side airbags deployed. Prior to the accident the consumer had other problems with the vehicle such as: The engine stalling, the engine light illuminated, the rear glass blew out. The instrument panel lights would go after.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #2

Oct 192007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On Oct. 19,2007, I was involved in a head-on collision at a speed of 30mph. I struck the steering wheel which caused me neck and shoulder pain along with some bruising. The air bags never deployed. The car is a total loss with over $10,000 in damages and the air bags did not deploy. That does not sit well with me.

- Middletown, CT, USA

problem #1

Feb 242007

PT Cruiser 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
I was in an accident on 2/24/07 in which a lady ran a red light and hit the front end of my 2006 PT CRUISER at maybe 30 mph. I hit my head forcefully against the driver panel near the windshield in which my air bag did not deploy and I sustain head injury with loss of consciousness. I now have a hematoma with a black eye, severe head aches, severe neck and shoulder pain, and some dizziness throughout the day, I am also suffering from painful body aches including but not limited to my lower back and knees, towing and paramedics were confused as to why my air bag did not deploy, also the sensor has been activated and I was told that I could be driving and without notice these bags can deploy if the car if fixable, I am afraid, I have 2 children who rides with me in this car. How my times has this happen and are there any complaints about this from other owner of this type of car"???"

- Sacramento, CA, USA

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