definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,180 miles

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problem #8

Mar 212007

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
-the contact stated that his 1996 Dodge Dakota has had 2 replacement of the driver side seat belt latch. The contact stated that the latch is made of plastic and the springs continue to fall from it. He stated that he has to replace this again and felt that this was a defective product used on this vehicle. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 66,000.

- Belleview, NE, USA

problem #7

Oct 272006

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,554 miles
October 27, 2006 I took 2 friends to town and when the person in the middle seat could not get the seat belt to release after several tries I cut the seat belt to get him out. November 2, 2006 I was picking up my husband from the doctors office and my seat belt would not release and again I had to cut the seat belt, so I could get out. On a recent trip of 2400 miles the oil gauge was passed the middle of the gauge which near the (H) when this started happening the dash lights went out and I had to stop and let the motor completely cool down before the lights would work again in the dash. On the way home from Michigan the accelorator pedel fell off in the mountains in Georgia and I had to put the plastic holders on very carefully so I could get to the next town and there a auto parts store employee put a (C) clamp on the holder to secure the pedal enough for me to make it home. I still had 400 miles to go and was very apprehensive all the way home and now with the seat belt failures I am very uncomfortable driving the truck. We are retired and can not afford to buy another vehicle or we would put this in the junk yard. This has been a very good truck up until now and we have never abused it in any way and never had an accident.

- Hollister, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 142005

Dakota 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
The front seat belts are inoperable. The buckles on the belts do not snap.

- Chambersburg, PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 012003

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,890 miles
Plastic covers came off of driver's side seat belt assembly. Then seat belt would not release because assembly had broken. The assembly had to be pried apart with a screwdriver so that I could get out of the seat belt.

- Quaker City, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 012001

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Faulty seat belt buckles, the entire assembly on all three buckles in the front seat has completely broken.

- West Fork, AR, USA

problem #3

May 151997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front passenger's side seat belt buckle comes undone while in use. Occupant transported unrestrained, to be replaced by dealer, parts on back order.

- Dover, TN, USA

problem #2

Nov 201996


  • miles
The driver's side seat belt would not release from belt buckle after pressing the red release button.

- Milledgeville, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 121996

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver's side seatbelt will not latch on acceleration or turning; also, transmission failure.

- Romeoville, IL, USA