really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,300 miles

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problem #12

Sep 072017

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 27,600 miles
I have been the owner of my truck since 2007. I have had 3 car wreckers and MY6 air bags never deploded. I need to know what to do ?..updated 09/28/17 updated 7/19/18

- Buffalo, SC, USA

problem #11

Sep 102015


  • 224,000 miles
I was slowing down to turn into my driveway and the other vehicle was speeding and took a curve to fast and crossed the center line and hit head on. The driver side air bag did not deploy properly and the passenger side airbag was busted when it was deployed. The steering wheel inner componets came out with the airbag which did not inflate and caused injury to my chest area. The passenger side airbag deployed but was busted and caused my daughter to get a broken arm. I believe this was a default in the airbag system in my truck. My two youngest children were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

- Verona, MO, USA

problem #10

Dec 012008


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the air bag warning light remained illuminated and the cruise control failed. The local mechanic performed a diagnostic which located a failure code at the clock spring. The manufacturer advised the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 01V153000 (air bags, cruise control). The failure mileage was 110,000 and current mileage was 196,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Irmo , SC, USA

problem #9

Dec 222007


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Dakota. The air bag warning light was illuminated on the instrument control panel, which indicated that the air bag system was inoperative. Also the cruise control switch would not activate. He had not taken the vehicle to the dealership to-date. He called the manufacturer regarding recall 01V153000 (air bags) for the air bags and was informed that his vehicle was not included. The cruise control switch was replaced. The repair did not remedy the failure. The current mileage was approximately 151,360. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Irmo, SC, USA

problem #8

Nov 242005

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact's vehicle was involved in a single car accident while driving 35-40 mph. It struck a tree. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy. The passenger was wearing a seat belt. However, he sustained facial injuries. A police report was taken at the scene. The vehicle was towed from the scene. A manufacturer's representative inspected the vehicle, who determined that the airbag sensor functioned at the time of the accident by the computer codes. He stated the airbags did not deploy because of the location of the impact. This determination was made based on the data collected by the representative. There was extensive damage to the front of the vehicle. No repairs have been made.

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #7

Oct 042005

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2000 Dodge Dakota. The consumer had an indication that it looked like a faulty clockspring assembly. The dealer stated that unless the airbag warning light was on there was no problem. Spoke to a mechanic, he said that even though the warning light was not on now that the airbag will eventually fail. The consumer contacted the manufacturer, and go reference number 14124132. There were no recalls on this vehicle. This began at noon on October 4, 2005.. the stereo was completely out. This occurred when activating the tilt on steering wheel. The steering wheel has radio controls that go through via the clockspring.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
In July 2003 consumer's vehicle another vehicle while traveling about 20 mph. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Driver was slightly injuried, but nothing serious. Consumer contacted Dodge and thought they were going to investigate the problem, but has not heard from them.

- Medicine Park, OK, USA

problem #5

Jun 082004


  • 86,000 miles
Vehicle was involved in an accident and the air bags failed to deploy.

- Woodsville, NH, USA

problem #4

Mar 122004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
While traveling at 45 mph consumer's vehicle rear ended another car. Upon impact, none of the airbags deployed.

- Westminster, SC, USA

problem #3

Dec 202002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states that when hit at 45mph in the front center of the vehicle the airbag did not deploy causing minor injuries to the consumer. Dealer notified.

- Georgetown, KY, USA

problem #2

Jun 012001


  • miles
Consumer is having problems with clock spring. Has taken the vehicle into dealer twice, and both times dealer has replaced clock springs.

- Campbell Hall, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 261999


  • miles
Violent deployment of both frontal air bags caused burns to consumer's skin. Nlm

- East Peori, IL, USA