really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,112 miles

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2006 Chrysler Sebring steering problems

steering problem

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2006 Chrysler Sebring Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 082015


  • 115,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Sebring. While driving 8 mph, the ball stud separated from the socket of the ball joint housing which caused the control arm to collapse and the wheel to fold in. As a result, the power steering seized. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed there was a catastrophic failure of the ball stud. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #12

Jun 082015


  • miles
Turned corner at less than mph and heard a thunk and car slammed to sudden and complete stop sending my son and I flying forward toward windshield. Got out of car and tire was completely sideways and control arm on ground. Scary thing is we were 1 corner away from being on frwy going 60 mph and if that would've happened I dont see us getting out of that alive. The car dead stopped when that happened. At 65 mph that would have either flipped us or sent us flying thru windshield. Was told my VIN not on recall list yet the exact same thing happened that almost could have killed us if we turned that corner and went on frwy. Unacceptable for front tire and arm to just fall off.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #11

Feb 052015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Chrysler Sebring. Upon making a turn, there was a loud noise coming from the front end of the vehicle and the steering wheel. The contact stated that the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the front control arm and ball joints deteriorated. As a result, the ball joints and the cvc joints needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09E056000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was unavailable.

- Laura, OH, USA

problem #10

Nov 112013

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


In the beginning, the horn would sound randomly while the car was parked and unoccupied. It would continue to sound until we adjusted the steering wheel or pushed on the horn. However, now the horn sounds randomly while driving. It doesn't stop until I am able to pull over and remove the fuse. This creates an unsafe situation with other drivers. The dealership said that it was some sort of electrical failure in the horn and airbag within the steering wheel. We replaced the fuse that controls this mechanism, but it didn't work. The horn and airbag are an integral piece, so in order to replace the horn, we have to replace the airbag. This would cost more than $800. Our easiest solution was to remove the fuse that controls the horn/ airbag. This means that I'm driving it without an airbag or horn. This is extremely unsafe for other motorists and myself. I contacted Chrysler. They stated that there was nothing they could do, because the horn does not fall under any of the warranties and there has not been a recall for this part. There are hundreds of complaints online regarding the airbag and horn! it is very unsafe and common, therefore it should be investigated for a recall. I noticed that on the NHTSA site, people are categorizing this problem as "steering, " "electrical, " or "airbag, " because there is no category for "horn." I hope that this is not keeping the NHTSA from recognizing how many people are effected. Please investigate it.

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #9

Jun 192014

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Driving on I-91, Vermont at 65 mph when car suddenly surged and lost control /O warning able to stop on side of road w/O hitting other vehicles ( traffic light). Replacement part federal mogul, ball joint, control arm assembly.

- Brattleboro, VT, USA

problem #8

Jun 042014

Sebring 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
There is a defective part in the steering wheel that costs around $1000 dollars to fix. The horn will go off with any warning. There are currently 49 complaints on the car complaints website for the sebring model. www.carcomplaints.com/Chrysler/sebring/2006/accessories-interior/horn_goes_off_by_itself.shtml the honking caused the person to swerve in front of me thinking that there was an emergency and almost caused a crash.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 272014

Sebring 4-cyl

  • 127,000 miles


I was driving at minimum speed to turn right and then I lost control of my steering wheel almost hit some cars and a pole but the sidewalk stopped the car from going anywhere I looked up online because I saw a recall that was related to my situation called dealership they said there was no recall for my car. Car is drivable like if nothing ever happened but I don't feel safe driving it.

- Elgin , TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 072014


  • 102,000 miles
I was just going down the road and the horn starting going off all by itself. Finally took out the fuse and went and bought a new fuse. That did not fix the problem. It went off when hitting unlock button on remote. Then took it to my mechanic and he said that the horn pad assembly which was a dealer only part had to be replaced. So right now I have just left the fuse out, because it is an expensive fix.this is a defect in the part and Chrysler should fix this issue. They say it will cost $1,000 for parts and labor. This is not the fault of what I did it is the fault of what they manufactured.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #5

Mar 052014

Sebring 4-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
1st time jut got out of driveway in a.M. and car horn went off and stayed on through most of street and then turned corner and went off again for several seconds as I approached 1st stoplight. 2nd time as I very briefly beeped horn at friend twice, near my local donuts place & mcd's, but it continued ! I was too embarrassed to stop. 3rd time no one around it parked in driveway when I was shoveling snow. Next & worst time as I was pulling in to stop at plaza and it continued as I shut off car and even restarted it and locked door & unlocked it by key and nothing! went inside car and pressed coast button and finally it stopped. Cops in car, were nearby when I came out later, said nothing, assumed it went off again with no one around ! 3 other times supposedly no one else around in driveway sometime within my earlier descriptions. Recall this thing!

- Parma , OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 012012


  • 74,000 miles
This is a safety issue not only for the driver of the car the others on the road with them! I was just going down the road and the horn starting going off all by itself. Finally took out the fuse. The horn just goes off randomly. It went off when hitting unlock button on remote and or just driving. Then took it to my mechanic and he said that the horn pad assembly which was a dealer only part had to be replaced some sensor or something. So right now I have just left the fuse out, because it is an expensive fix. $1000. I agree with all of the other people that Chrysler should be fixing this issue. Removing the fuse has caused the air bag functions to be unknown. Removing the fuse to stop the horn also affects part of the fueling system according to the manual (same fuse). Removing the fuse has caused us not to be able to use our horn incase something ran in front of the car or to alarm others of harm. The horn is a function of safety and warning. This is standard on all cars as a precaution and warning system. This is not a part of the car that is special ordered, these come standard with all cars. So why is Chrysler not paying for this safety issue? your company has been run into the ground with recalls and safety measures not being taken seriously enough. Time to act on this situation; with over 70 complaints this must not be a whim. Sad part is this is not the only issue with this car three recalls on it and the dealer sold the car anyway without repairing recalls.

- Cascade , WI, USA

problem #3

Jan 172010


  • 82,458 miles


Everytime I apply my brakes the front left wheel starting shaking alot.

- Cordele, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 152008


  • 42,000 miles
The horn in my 2006 Chrysler Sebring goes off constantly. I have been told it iis a defective horn assembly and I have to replace the entire steering wheel cover and airbag at a cost of $630 for the part plus labor. My car is only 2 years old and I have 44,000 on the car. There have been numerous complaints about this and Chrysler will do nothing to help me.

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 022007

(reported on)


  • miles
2006 Chrysler Sebring customer states that he is having a problem with steering*

- Unknown, DC, USA

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