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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1996 Chrysler Sebring

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1996 Chrysler Sebring, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: AUTOMATIC TRANSAXLE IGNITION INTERLOCK

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA98014

    Component(s): Power Train

    Summary: Alleged failure of the automatic transaxle ignition interlock system that either allows the ignition key to be removed when the transmission gear selector is not in the "park" position and the transmission gear selector to be shifted when the ignition key is removed or prevents theignition key from being removed when the transmission gear selector is in the "park, " or any other, position.

  2. INVESTIGATION: AUTO TRANS IGNITION-PARK INTERLOCK

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA03011

    Component(s): Power Train:Automatic Transmission
    Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Lever And Linkage:Floor Shift

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  3. INVESTIGATION: SAFETY BELT CINCHING LATCH PLATE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02082

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: November 06, 2002
    • Date Closed: April 23, 2003
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Seat Belts

    Summary: Alleged cinch clip within the latch plate breaks when under load

  4. INVESTIGATION: CONVERTIBLE TOP COVER DISENGAGEMENT

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA97025

    Component(s): Structure

    Summary: Alleged that the convertible top cover may disengage from the subject vehicles while driving.

  5. INVESTIGATION: CONVERTIBLE TOP COVER DISENGAGEMENT

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE97029

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: June 17, 1997
    • Date Closed: November 24, 1997
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Structure

    Summary: ODI has received three reports alleging disengagement of the convertible top cover from the subject vehicles while driving.

  6. INVESTIGATION: LOWER CONTRTOL ARM BALL JOINT

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ00015

    Component(s): Suspension

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

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