2000 Dodge Ram Van 2500
NHTSA Defect Investigations
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 2000 Dodge Ram Van 2500, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:
INVESTIGATION: 2000-2001 DODGE RAM PICKUP HOOD LATCH
NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE08047
Structure:Body:Hood:Hinge And Attachments
Summary: The Agency opened this investigation based on 30 complaints alleging that the hoods on model year (MY) 2000 and 2001 Dodge Ram pickup trucks flew up and blocked the driver's vision.these vehicles have a primary hood latch and a secondary (backup) hood latch.the secondary latch is designed to secure the hood if the primary hood latch is not properly closed or otherwise malfunctions.in these complaints, the secondary hood latch malfunctioned, apparently due to corrosion, and did not latch.Dodge conducted recall 01V-040 in 1999 to address similar problems on model year 1994-1997 Dodge Ram pickup trucks.the information Chrysler provided in response to ODI's information request letter indicated that the MY 2000 and 2001 vehicles were equipped with secondary hood latches with stainless steel return springs, as opposed to the earlier recalled trucks that had zinc coated carbon steel return springs.the recalled components were susceptible to corrosion-induced failure due to the type of material used, whereas the corrosion failures in the newer models appear to be due to lubrication loss over time (regular application of grease is advised per instructions in the owners' manual). ODI's review of Chrysler's warranty, complaint, and injury data for the 2000 and 2001 vehicles indicates that the rates for subject vehicles are low and are declining.a potential defect trend has not been identified.this investigation is closed.
INVESTIGATION: SAFETY BELT CINCHING LATCH PLATE
NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02082
Component(s): Seat Belts
Summary: There are no injuries or fatalities associated with this alleged defect.while conducting this investigation, ODI found that the subject cinches meet the load bearing requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208, and that many of the reported failures were due to incorrect child safety seat installations. Additionally, the report rate is low (1.60/100K).the information available fails to establish the existence of a defect trend at this time.further allocation of Agency resources to this issue is unwarranted and the preliminary evaluation is being closed.