really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
15 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,670 miles

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2004 Chrysler Sebring seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #12

Oct 142008


  • 66,000 miles


Traveling on the interstate two cars got into a fender bender another crashed into them and I was traveling behind the third vehicle when I applied the brakes and sent into a skid. My car slid a good distance until it crashed right into the back of the third vehicle which was a Volvo in which their air bags deployed. My sebring did not stop nor did the air bags deploy. I was traveling around 30-40 mph when the impact happen. Will not have confirmation until tomorrow but it appears that the car will not be salvageable. It is my understanding that anti-lock brakes should prevent a skid on a dry surface on a clear day.

- Salisbury, MA, USA

problem #11

Jun 142008


  • 26,000 miles
The airbag light goes on and off at random. Chrysler has replaced the seatbelt tensioner on two separate occasions to fix the problem. It is now recurring and the local Chrysler dealer wants to replace both driver and passenger seatbelt tensioners to turn off the light. I believe, from online queries, that this is a common problem with this particular car model series. The condition is clearly unsafe.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #10

Feb 162008


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes and air bags the brakes would not catch upon trying to stop and caused a rear end collision. Also the air bags came out upon crash at maybe 20 miles per hour and caused a broken arm and a laceration under the chin and had to be stitched and person is hospitalized.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #9

Sep 012007

Sebring 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Sebring convertible. On 09/01/2007, while driving 35mph the contact crashed into the rear end of a vehicle. The antilock brake system failed and none of the air bags deployed. The front passenger bruised her knees on the dashboard, severely bruised across her abdomen chest. The passenger also had an injury to her neck and was unable to work for two days. Pictures are available. A police report is available. The vehicle was towed. The mechanic has not diagnosed the vehicle. The weather was not a factor. The current and failure mileages were 30,000. The purchase date of the vehicle was 3/5/2006.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 282006

Sebring 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,484 miles
: the contact stated while traveling 35 mph, the driver and passenger side air bags did not deploy in a frontal impact crash. There was pre-impact braking. The driver side seat belt did not lock. The driver sustained back injuries and the passenger sustained neck injuries. Updated 11/30/2006 - the rear passenger sustained chest injuries from the seat belt. The consumer feels that the vehicle traction control system and tires did not work properly (Michelin harmony tires)

- York, PA, USA

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problem #7

Aug 252006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Issue: Air bags failure to deploy the car was involved in an accident during which, in my opinion, the air bags should have deployed. Had they done so, the injuries suffered by the driver would not have been so severe.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 102006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


: the contact stated that while driving 70 mph on the highway, the vehicle was involved in a collision with the guard rail due to an obstruction in the road. The driver and the right rear seat belts failed. Plus, the passenger and driver air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed, and the vehicle was determined to be a total loss. The driver also sustained a shin injury in the accident. Updated 7/18/2006 - the consumer also sustained injuries to her head, hand and neck and back muscle strain.

- Verdi, NV, USA

problem #5

Apr 082006

Sebring 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Hit on front left by another driver, damaged to the front end left tire tilt, can't open hood, my front airbags did not deploy but the other passenger's did, she was driving a Ford Taurus.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #4

Jul 162005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I am poa for james hampton owner of the vehicle, 2004 Chrysler Sebring convertible was involved in a head on collision, james hampton suffered serious injury, the convertible top was down at time of accident. Observing him prior to the accident in the vehicle I made the observation that he didn't appear to fit this car well, he is six foot three inches tall, top of windshield is about mid forehead in height on him, at time of incident air bag did deploy, still severe head injury to forehead on left side, observation of injury and location leads me to question that had he been under six foot in height air bag would have afforded more protection from impact of windshield, or if height of windshield was higher impact might have been different, car was determined a loss. I am concerned that consumer height, above average could possibly predispose one to more serious or fatal injury due to height of windshield relevant to area of impact.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #3

May 312005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
The ABS brakes failed on the vehicle. She purchased the vehicle used with 19,000 miles on it. After she purchased the vehicle she noticed a grinding noise with the brakes. She took the vehicle into the dealership and had the rotors replaced because they were warped. The vehicle continued to have the grinding sound, but because they would not supply her with a loaner vehicle she did not take it in. On May 31, 2005, she was going around 40-45 miles per hour and she tried to apply the brakes when the ABS failed. She skid 75 feet on dry pavement. There was a police report taken and a ticket was issued, but she is fighting the ticket because it was due to the brakes failing. None of the airbags deployed. This caused the consumer to hit her head and she has post concussion syndrome with possible seizures and is out of work. She also had bruised ribs and a neck and shoulder injury, all on the left side. The doctor has put her on complete disability and she can not even drive a vehicle at this time. She is currently on seizure medication. The vehicle is in New Jersey, she was coming home from memorial day weekend in atlantic city. The damage is all on the drivers side front. The vehicle is considered totaled.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,534 miles
After being struck head on at 40 mph air bags did not deploy. Driving car down on princeton road in hamilton. Ohio reached posted speed which was 45 mph suddenly brakes locked, and consumer's vehicle rear ended an older model car, cutlass supreme doing about 40 mph. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. No serious injuries, just aches and bruising.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #1

Sep 112003

Sebring 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24 miles
Loose brakes, transmission slips, accident and airbags did not deploy it takes a long distance to stop. Brakes are not ABS. 9/11 truck pulled out in front of me, stomped on brake, wheels did not lock, car did not stop rolling and I hit the vehicle. Transmission always slips, especially at 30 mph. I have been in two frontal hits and airbags did not deploy. Dealer has been told about the problem numerous times.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

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