really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 16
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,772 miles

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problem #30

Feb 082021


  • 189,000 miles
While driving on I-635 northbound at around 25 to 30 mph with 4X4 activated on a single line available since it was cleared and salted. Without warning I was the only vehicle that veered right hard and I lost control of the vehicle almost crashing onto the metal beam along the highway. I went past the shoulder and down to the bottom of hill, but thankfully vehicle didn't turn off. I had to switch off 4X4 and back on and was able to climb up despite the snow back to the highway with no further reoccurrence. Unfortunately when this happened my passenger seat went forward and is now stuck and I broke lever trying to bring it back from front reclining. Because of the rough terrain the rear quarter panels where the was some rust have cracked

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #29

Feb 272020


  • 112,855 miles
Heated driver seat caught fire. Called dealership and was told there was a recall on the driver heated seat. The dealer said there was airbag recall on the driver and passenger side of the truck. The dealer said they would not repair airbags and would need to contact Dodge for a case number. Contacted Dodge and was told just drive carefully.

- Carlinville, IL, USA

problem #28

May 302019


  • miles
I received a recall notice for the T80 heated seats in my 2005 Dodge Dakota I called the Chrysler representative schedule a repair service with perkins Dodge Colorado springs he ordered the seats I told the representative that the passenger side had a burn hole in it and had caught fire when the new seats arrived at perkins Dodge I took my truck in to be repaired they told me they will not do the passenger seat because of the burn hole has cut out pieces. I told them I had to remove some of the burnt material to put a seat cover on and still utilize the seat. Seats are still under recall they ordered them knowing that there was a burn hole I don't understand why they will not proceed with the repair the information for the case number and representative I talked to is here.... my name is [xxx] from the fca case management division, I have been assigned as your case manager. Here is some information that will be helpful for you to have: Your case number is [xxx] the Chrysler case management telephone number is: [xxx] my direct extension: [xxx] my work hours are: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm eastern standard time (Monday-Friday). I will contact you within one business day of your appointment by telephone to review your case with you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #27

Dec 202017


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the part for NHTSA campaign number: 17V820000 (seats) was unavailable. The dealer (parkway Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 21560 hall rd, clinton twp, mi 48038, (586) 465-7210) was unable to verify a reasonable time frame to receive the part. The contact stated that a hole was burned in the driver's seat near the console. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and was not able to specify when the part would be supplied to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was not available. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Maccomb Township, MI, USA

problem #26

Dec 182017


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 17V820000 (seats). The contact stated that the manufacturer failed to repair the vehicle within a reasonable amount of time. The dealer (john greene Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge, 910 jamestown road, morganton, nc 28655) confirmed that parts were not available to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified. The contact also stated that the front passenger seat caught fire in February of 2017. The fire was extinguished by the driver. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The failure mileage was unknown. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Morganton, NC, USA

problem #25

Feb 012018

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 195,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that while starting the vehicle, the seat heaters were turned on. After the passenger exited the vehicle, the passenger stated to the contact that the seats were very hot. The contact stated that the passenger seat started to smoke as the vehicle was driven 25 miles to the fire station where the fire was extinguished and the contact was informed that the fire started in the seat. The contact was able to drive to the dealer brickner's of antigo Inc. (123 E highway 64, antigo wi 54409) where it was diagnosed that a fuse for the heated seats were turned off. The next day the contact drove the vehicle back to the same dealer for an oil change an at that time was informed that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 17V820000 (seats) and that the vehicle could not be repaired because the parts for the recall were discontinued. The manufacturer was also contacted and was unable to provide any further assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 195,000.

- Antigo, WI, USA

problem #24

Jan 032018


  • 137,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota with leather seats. I turned on both driver and passenger heat to the seats drove about two miles to drop my child off to school. When I got back home I noticed a burn hole and melted leather around the hole. I haven't used it since.

- Magnolia, NJ, USA

problem #23

Nov 152013


  • 115,000 miles
Turned on passenger seat warmer to keep a meal warm in a white foam food container. 5 minutes later when I arrived at home the bottom of the container had a melted hole in it. The seat was extremely hot to the touch in one spot on the seat. The rest of the seat bottom and back were not warm at all. Several days later my wife turned the seat warmer on to low and within a couple of minutes she exclaimed that the seat was burning her bottom. We shut the seat warmer off and the seat began to cool down. The seat warmer had worked just fine before these incidents. It could have seriously burned my wife if could get hot enough to melt a foam food container. Both times the truck was parked and traveling. Top speed was 30ish.

- Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #22

Nov 102017


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the driver's side heated seat overheated without warning. The dealer and manufacturer were not made aware of the failure. The failure was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 56,000.

- Centralia, IL, USA

problem #21

Dec 142017


  • 158,580 miles
I was picking up my boys from school when I smelled something burning. Then I saw smoke coming from my drivers side seat. I turned off the heat to the seat. When I got out of the truck, there was a burn mark in the seat and on my jacket.

- Stevens Point, WI, USA

problem #20

Nov 102017


  • 45,000 miles
Seat heater malfunction, causing small fire and hole melted into the seat.

- Coeur D'alene, ID, USA

problem #19

Apr 012017

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the wiring inside the driver's seat cushion burned holes in the fabric. The vehicle was taken to rairdons Chrysler Dodge of kirkland (12828 ne 124 th St kirkland, wa 98034), but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and sent a special investigator, but did not offer any assistance. The failure mileage was 81,000. Updated 10/26/17 updated 10/30/2017

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #18

Jan 062016


  • 85,900 miles
Heated seat element burned seat foam. Found same before it could completely burst into flames. Same did melt hole in the foam and scorch the seat covering.

- Blowing Rock, NC, USA

problem #17

Dec 202015


  • 148,557 miles
Had driver side heated seat turned on low and the seat caught on fire. Luckily I had not left because I forgot my list inside and went inside house. When I came back out the seat was smoking so I ran in an got some water to pour on seat. It put the fire out. Fire dept. Came out and they took a picture and pulled the fuse out.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #16

Apr 152015

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
While driving at 10 mph, the driver side seat heater burned through the seat and the drivers coat leaving burn marks.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #15

Jan 142015

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
While driving, my daughter smelled something burning and pulled over to investigate. She noticed the coat she was wearing while driving was smoking and was scorched at the bottom. She then noticed the drivers seat where she was sitting was also scorched and had burned a hole through the fabric of the seat. She stated she had the heated seat turned on high at the time. On several occasions, I have felt a burning sensation to my right buttock while driving and just turned the seat heater off not thinking any further that there was a problem.

- Vernon, NJ, USA

problem #14

Sep 222014

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
The drivers seat back will not stay in position and will go in a total recline position at any time.the locking system will not hold. This could be a problem if it suddenly lets go while driving.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #13

Mar 152014

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 152,000 miles
Vehicle was parked and running, heated seats were on, drivers side seat started smoking, burning a brown mark in seat.

- Clayton, NY, USA

problem #12

Jan 072014


  • 126,000 miles
Driver's seat heater shorted/overheated to cause burning and charring of the seats materials, including a coat I was wearing.

- Roseville, MN, USA

problem #11

Apr 212011

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Driving home from work on a cold morning and turned on the heated seat. Till I got home the back of the seat had a hole in it from the heating element and it also burned a hole in my big winter coat...I contacted the dealer and made them aware of this....no help there....there was no recall for this issue...what if my grandchild was sitting in that seat? I only live 8 miles from my place of employment..it got that hot that darn fast!!!!!!!!

- Bainbridge, PA, USA

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