The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1991 Dodge Dakota, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: ROLLAWAY IN REVERSE WHEN PARKED

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA96006

    Component(s): Power Train

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  2. INVESTIGATION: INADVERTENT MOVEMENT OF SHIFTER

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE95041

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: June 23, 1995
    • Date Closed: May 31, 1996
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Power Train

    Summary: ODI received an inquiry regarding alleged park to reverse problems with the automatic transmissions on 1991 and 1992 Dodge Dakota picup trucks.the ODI database revealed 11 complaints, several of which had been reported in the months just preceding the opening of the PE.the consumers claim that they move the vehicle, place the transmission in "park" and exit the vehicle.then, almost always with the engine running, the vehicle allegedly "shifts" into reversethe vehicle then begins to back up, usually stopping only when it hits something.

  3. INVESTIGATION: STEERING WHEEL SEPARATION

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE95004

    Component(s): Steering

    Summary: There is no summary currently available