really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
32,200 miles

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problem #5

Feb 052010


  • 69,000 miles
On February 5, 2010 at approximately six pm on my way to work I was involved in a head on collision. Due to the snow on the road I was not able to control my vehicle, thus leading to the accident. The front airbags in my 2004 Dodge Dakota did not deploy. The other vehicle involved in the accident a Honda CRV their front airbags deployed. After doing some research I have found that Chrysler has had previous issues with airbags failing to deploy, this is a serious safety issue and I would like to speak with a representative to discuss how this situation can be handled.

- Brandywine , MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 272006

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
Airbags did not deploy during a head-on collision with another vehicle. At about 70 mph impact, you think there would be some kind of protection.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #3

Feb 232006

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving around a curve at 55 mph, the vehicle went off the road and down into a ditch. The airbags did not deploy. There was damage to the bumper, grill, and driver side turn signal. There was prior braking. The contact was wearing a seatbelt, but sustained minor injuries when hitting the steering wheel. A police report taken at the scene. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop. There has been no inspection to the airbags.

- Mart, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 182005

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
2004 Dodge Dakota pickup - the air bags did not deploy in an accident while driving on us highway 27 at 55 mph consumer's vehicle was cut off from the North bound lane to the South bound lane. Did not stop in the fast lane and came over into to the slow lane where consumer's vehicle was traveling. Front end clipped other vehicle's rear end. Upon impact. The man that vehicle hit was taken to the hospital. Did not know the outcome of his condition the vehicle is in an auto body shop. Indicator light did not come on before the accident. There was one injury, and a police report was taken..

- Lake Placid, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 302004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer went off the road. The facts were unknown. Consumer hit an embankment and vehicle rolled over. Consumer was wearing a seat belt, and the air bags failed deployed. Insurance company stated that cause of consumer's death was suffocation by either the seat belt or the air bag.

- Burgettstown, PA, USA