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Air Bag On-off Switch Problems of Chrysler Sebring

Chrysler Sebring owners have reported 15 problems related to air bag on-off switch (under the air bag category).

car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Sebring 1
Failure Date: 11/08/2015

When you push the horn it will not turn off. I pulled the fuse out so that I would not have to deal with the horn having a mind of its own. My fix was to purchase a switch about $4-5 at the auto store and rewire the horn in on my own. It looks a little tacky, I put the switch under the turn signal, but it is far better than being in traffic or at a light and having the horn go off for 5 minutes. Straight. I never took it in but I am guessing it is an issue with the horn switch which is under the airbag. Expensive fix which is why Chrysler will never pay to fix the issue.

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car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2006 Chrysler Sebring 2
Failure Date: 10/25/2015

I am joining the many other owners who's horns go off, with out warning car off or car on. At the same time the horn now seems to have stopped working entirely leaving me no way to warn other drivers that do not see me. I can confirm the costive a repair is on the $1100 range and my local Chrysler reports they do this repair 4 times per week, nationwide. This repair is out of my budget and I think Chrysler needs to recall and repair these vehicles. The horn has gone off in stationary, motion, on a city street and highway and turning. Even with the engine shut off in the wee hours of the morning. Below you ask when did this happen? at least 20 times. The horn switch indeed includes the air bags. No way to test them but I fear they are not working as this switch is bad. I hope I don't find out the hard way.

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car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Sebring 3
Failure Date: 01/01/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Chrysler Sebring. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, the horn independently activated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the driver side air bag and the horn switch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. The VIN was not available.

car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Sebring 4
Failure Date: 10/27/2013

Horn starts blowing spontaneously in cold weather and will not stop until car is warmed up. This presents a hazard to other drivers and is a traffic violation. Horn shares a fuse with the fuel pump, so no easy way to disable it and drive the car, and car will not pass inspection if the horn is unplugged. A web search shows that this is a very common problem with this car, but since the horn switch is part of the airbag unit the replacement cost is almost $1000.

car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2008 Chrysler Sebring 5
Failure Date: 09/03/2011

I reported these problems back in September 2011 after I was involved in a car accident on the freeway. On September 03, 2011, I was driving on south I-43 freeway. When I attempted to make a lane change, my car went out of control due to steering failure. I could not steer my car, my steering wheel was very loose and there was no connection between the steering wheel and the vehicle itself. I was struck by another driver that hit my car on the passenger-side by the rear lower side panel. No airbag deployed. My car slammed up against the concrete wall barrier on the passenger-side of my car. I have side airbags, airbags in my seats, underneath my dash, in my steering wheel, one on the passenger's side above the glove compartment, and in all four window seals of my car and not one airbag deployed. I have adr system in my car that supposely can record seconds of activity at the time of the accident. What happened to that information? I am still experiencing problems with my care that is definitely a safety issue such as; continuing replacing tie rod and the stablizer bar loose. This problem started first having problems trying to turn the key in the ignition switch to crank the car and at times fearing that I might break the key in the ignition switch and having to really wiggle the steering wheel to get the switch to turn over. Pictures that were taken by my insurance company revealed a lot of rusty old looking parts underneath the car when in fact the motor of the car still looks new. My car was only two years old with a little over 17,000 miles at the time of purchase in October 2010. When I reported these all of these things in September 2011, I was told that there was no recalls on my car and I doubt if this car has any airbags in it. I learned after, I had the accident in my car, that the car had been wrecked and had possible frame damage at the time of purchase.

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car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2006 Chrysler Sebring 6
Failure Date: 06/01/2011

Several times my horn came on and honked continually. It happened when I was driving as well as when my car was just sitting in the driveway. I almost got a ticket from the local police one day because of it. It happened when I hit the button on the remote to unlock the car door, or for no reason at all. . . When I was driving, I had to push down hard on the center of the steering wheel as I steered with the other hand. It was very dangerous. When I took it to the car dealer, I was told it was caused by a "clock switch" that controls the horn and the air bag. It would cost over $600 just for the part. It will be around $1100 with labor. Since I don't have that much money to spare, my they told me to pull the horn relay fuse out. The service technician said doing that would stop the horn, but also prevent the air bag from deploying. So now I am driving without a horn or an air bag, a major safety hazard, especially when my wife and children must ride in our car. I contacted Chrysler to lodge a complaint & they were very rude to me & the rep told me to do whatever as they have never heard of such a complaint, even though there are thousands of gtc owners that are complaining all over the internet of the exact same issues!!! it is ridiculous that I have to sacrifice my family's safety due to no support from Chrysler. I could understand if it was a part that wears out , or could be broken by negligence, but it's not!! I informed them that I will register a complaint with you.

car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2006 Chrysler Sebring 7
Failure Date: 02/06/2011

The horn goes off by itself while driving and when opening the car with the remote. In order to disconnect the switch for the horn it also means disconnecting the air bag. This is unsafe and should be repaired by Chrysler. The average repair cost is $1000. With those of us umemployed this is way beyond reasonable. The alternative to disconnect it is not an alternative due to safety concerns of not having an airbag. Chrysler should post a recall for this issue and take responsibility to repair it.

car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2005 Chrysler Sebring 8
Failure Date: 10/20/2010

The horn randomly begins honking. It occationally happens as I'm driving down the road. When the car is turned off it continues honking. It occationally begins when I push the button on the remote to open the locked doors. It will then suddenly stop honking, only to start again further down the road. The only way I can get it to stop while I'm driving is to push hard on the center of the steering wheel with one hand while I steer with the other hand. This is a major safety hazard. I took it to the local repair shop. The mechanic told me that the problem is a switch in the steering wheel that controls the horn and the air bag. The switch costs around $500 and labor will cost about $500 more. Since I can't afford to pay that now, the technician suggested I remove the relay for the horn. He told me that would stop the horn from honking, but also disable the air bag. So now I am driving without a horn and without an airbag. This is also a major safety concern.

car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2007 Chrysler Sebring 9
Failure Date: 08/01/2008

Air bag light will not go off, windows are sticking switches not letting up or down always, engine is skipping and very slow to take off, burning an extreme amount of gas, front end not in align and is causing damage to tires, check engine light periodically comes on and won't go off.

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car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2006 Chrysler Sebring 10
Failure Date: 06/11/2008

The horn goes off by itself and continued to sound until the fuse was pulled. The fuse is connected to the air bag and the air bag will not deploy now that the fuse is out. The cost of repair is over $1000. 00. A quick search on the internet shows many complaints of the same issue. The horn being connected to the air bag in which the horn is defective making the air bag useless. This is not a result of wear on the car and is a result of a defective switch connected to the air bag. Chrysler refuses to recognize the issue.


 
car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2007 Chrysler Sebring 11
Failure Date: 05/29/2008

While driving the car will stall either at a stop or while moving. The airbag light on dash continues to come on. The flashers randomly start flashing while driving. The radio will change stations on it own. The brakes have been replaced or repaired 3 time in the first 25,000 miles. The suspension makes a grinding noise upon turning. I have had the car in at the dealership service dept at least a dozen times. Radio has been replaced but continues to change on its own. Airbag switch has been replaced, but continues to appear on dash. Service states that computer cannot read errors, and puts car on road test.

car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2002 Chrysler Sebring 12
Failure Date: 11/30/2007

Major headache has been the recent engine damage as a result of what may be oil sludge gathered in the motor. Engine seized briefly upon switching from 1st to 2nd gear, then began "clicking" upon acceleration or deceleration to/from high rpms (upshifting and downshifting). Chrysler dealership claims the problem is broken connector rod and bearing in #2 cylinder, which necessitates a new engine. Estimated price tag: $10,000 (more than vehicle's worth). Other problems with this vehicle have included faulty passenger airbag part that required replacement; persistent dimming/flickering of instrument panel lights; multiple battery and headlight burnouts; emission leaks on two separate occasions requiring two separate repairs; and cd player skipping, requiring (according to Chrysler) a completely new stereo system. Speakers are somewhat shot and the driver-side sunvisor clip broke under slight pressure.

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car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2004 Chrysler Sebring 13
Failure Date: 03/29/2007

The air bag light came on and stayed on. Told it was a tensioner switch in the seat belt clip side. They want an over priced $200 to fix this problem. Plus $88 just to diagnose it. I think this was all quite over priced. I will baypass this switch shorting the wires before if I have to pay for something like this. Chrysler should pay for this regardless of in or out of warranty. This was a defective part it was their fault in my opinion.

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car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2004 Chrysler Sebring 14
Failure Date: 11/01/2006

The contact owns a 2004 Chrysler Sebring convertible. The contact stated that the air bag light blinks on and off. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they advised him to drive it and shut the engine off approximately thirty times to correct the failure. The contact obeyed and the failure stopped for approximately four months before it recurred. The dealer is unable to determine the cause of failure and no recalls were found for the air bag. The current and failure mileages were 32,000. Updated 09/05/07.

car image   Air Bag On-off Switch problem of the 2000 Chrysler Sebring 15
Failure Date: 01/01/2002

I have a 2001 Chrysler Sebring convertible with exactly the same problem: the horn goes off whenever it wants to. The first time it completely burned out both of the horns, which I had to pay for to be replaced, since the vehicle was long out of warranty. Of course, the horn always activated itself in the middle of the night. The Chrysler dealer diagnosis revealed that the horn switch is somehow defective, something I figure out after banging on the pad during one scenario only to discover this caused the horn to turn off. The horn switch is designed as some sort of membrane and is non-conventional by any means. Temperature expansion and contraction causes the two side of the switch to connect on their own. To add insult to injury, you can only replace the switch if you replace the entire airbag assembly, a part which is quite costly. So, instead of paying the over one grand repair cost for something that is obviously a manufacturing defect, I wired in a switch to the side dash fuse compartment in between the horn relay and the connector and mounted the switch in the center of the panel door. Now, when I leave the vehicle, I simply throw the switch and my horn worries are over. A hassle? maybe, but at least I dont have to run out to the car in my underwear in the middle of the night to tap the steering wheel pad to stop that infernal blaring of the horn. This should have been a recall by Chrysler--which it never was--as the switch design is defective. Slipshod engineering is my analysis. Chrysler should be liable for the repairs but they assume no responsibility, probably because this model has so many electrical, computer, and alarm issues that they would have gone broke fixing all of them. My dash lights go on and off at random and im also having alarm and key fob issues. I really love my convertible, but I'll never buy another Chrysler product.

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