really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,474 miles

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problem #7

Jul 012014


  • 104,387 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chrysler 300M. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the front driver seat malfunctioned causing the back of the seat to suddenly recline to a full horizontal position. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that a plastic gear to the seat motor assembly had failed. The contact was informed that parts were no longer available to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but no remedy was offered. The failure mileage was 104,387.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 012013

300M 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
While driving, the back of the driver's seat went from an upright to reclining position.

- Middleton, ID, USA

problem #5

Sep 252012

300M 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I was stopped at a red light vehicle behind me did not stop and rear ended me. Both front seats in my car let loose and the seat backs went fully reclined. My wife and I were both laying on our backs with heads on the back seat. The car was still moving, it was hard for me to get upright and stop the car. Chrysler told me the seats are designed this way. Here is what they said "the seats in your vehicle. Our design to progressively tilt just during a rear impact collision. The idea behind that, is that it does lesson injuries to the front seat vehicle occupants once that happens so that would be a normal occurrence for your vehicle in a rear end collision". I say [xxx]. if someone was in the back the seat would have broken their legs. It was not a"progressive" tilt, they flew back. They air bags did not deploy. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 182011


  • 48,934 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chrysler 300M. The contact stated that the driver side seat was no longer attached to the vehicle and was able to move while the vehicle was in motion similar to the failure described in NHTSA campaign id number: 03V035000 ( seats:front assembly:recliner). The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the two brackets that held the seat in place were disintegrated and that the part needed to repair the failure was no longer available. The manufacturer advised the contact that because the vehicle was no longer under warranty, that they would not be able to provide any additional assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileage was 48,934. The VIN was unavailable.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 152004

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer heard a grinding sound while trying to adjust the seat. As a result, the seat broke and the consumer fell backwards.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 112002


  • miles
Seat wobbles and leans forward / after when accelerating decelerating.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 302002


  • miles
While driving, was rearended by another vehicle, and upon impact driver's seat broke. Driver was in a flat position. Trunk was pushed into backseat. Vehicle totaled, passenger and driver were injured.

- Kuna, ID, USA