really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 1
Average Mileage:
48,925 miles

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1996 Chrysler Sebring seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1996 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 012009


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 1996 Chrysler Sebring convertible. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact's vehicle was struck by another vehicle. The air bags deployed and the contact was trapped in her vehicle. The air bags released debris that began burning her face. There was also a large cloud of smoke as if chemicals were being released from the air bags. She was transported to the hospital and a physician stated that she received second degree burns. The contact has a copy of the police report and pictures of the failure. The manufacturer concluded that that air bags were not manufactured with any hazardous substances. The failure and current mileages were 140,000.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #7

Jul 112005

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
On July 11, 2005 I drove from my home in bolivia, nc to dunn, nc (approx. 125 mi) to pick up my grandson & a friend. While parked in the parking lot of the crackerbarrell restaurant at the intersection of rt 421 & I95, I started the engine and leaned out the window to say goodbye to my daughter. Suddenly both front airbags exploded filling the car with smoke and fumes. All three of us immediately exited the automobile. I suffered a severe brused and cut right arm and brusing to the right side of my neck & shoulder and a twisted right knee. I was taken to the hospital in dunn by the paramedics & released. The children were not injured. Had the incident occurred five minutes later, we would have been travelling South on #421, a 2 lane hwy used mostly by 18 wheelers and other large trucks. No doubt I would not be here writing this report. I can't imagine being able to retain control of the car if the airbag had exploded in my face while travelling at 55 mph. The airbag on the passenger side exploded with such force that it broke the windshield. The airbag on the dirvers side completely broke off the cruise control mechanism on the right side of the steering column. A police report was filed with the dunn police department (case # oca 2005 01833). The car was left in the parking lot undisturbed until Wednesday the 13th, when it was towed to martin's auto body shop on beach road in southport, nc. It remains there undisturbed. On July 15th a mr james williams, sent by Chrysler, inspected the car. (file # 13779399). On July 19th state farm sent an inspector. (claim # 330713425, team #44). I am awaiting news from Chrysler as to what action they will take to replace, repair or otherwise compensate me for the loss of this vehicle and trauma to me and the children.

- Bolivia, NC, USA

problem #6

Jun 102005

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Consumer started vehicle while in carport. He put the car reverse moved about 1 foot and the dash blew up. Consumer said it was so loud that neighbors heard it from inside their houses and came running out. Both air bags deployed and the consumer said that smoke bellowed out of the steering column. Parts of the car were blown all over the interior. Consumer says incident was like a bomb going off. Consumer thought that he had been car bombed. Consumer said that there was no physical contact to vehicle to cause air bags to deploy. Consumer says there are other witnesses available. Consumer says investigator that looked at vehicle told consumer that he had investigated 3 other such instances.

- Peru, IN, USA

problem #5

Jun 282004

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,400 miles


While driving the SRS light came on. This indicates a failure in the air bag that could result in premature or none deployment of the air bag. The dealership was contacted and indicated that the air bag module needed to be replaced.

- Calumet City, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 312004


  • miles
1996 Chrysler Sebring...non deploying airbag in front end collision.

- Wapakoneta, OH, USA

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problem #3

Apr 062003


  • miles
An accident occurred in peru, Indiana, resulting in a collision. The air bag on the driver's side failed to deploy but the passenger's frontal airbag did. Driver was killed.

- Granite City, IL, USA

problem #2

Oct 092000


  • miles
Water would get inside of vehicle on passenger's side when it was raining or vehicle being washed. Also, horn & cd player failed to work due to possible moisture inside of apparatus. Took vehicle back to dealer & horn/air bag was replaced.

- Republic, MO, USA

problem #1

Aug 051996


  • miles
Driving vehicle at speed 45mph, frontal impact 12:00 position, driver and passenger side airbag did not deploy.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

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