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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,048 miles

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2012 Dodge Avenger seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2012 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #33

Mar 202015

Avenger

  • 11,609 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. While driving approximately 65 mph in foggy weather conditions, the contact's vehicle crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 11,609.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #32

Sep 212015

Avenger

  • miles
I was driving in the fast lane on the freeway at about 64 mph. Another car, who was driving faster than I was, was in the carpool lane to my left. He slammed into my car on the driver side passenger door and tire. I then slid down the freeway almost sideways while I watched his car roll over 3 times before sliding to a stop. None of my air bags deployed. I hit my head and left shoulder, twice, against the window and the hard plastic part by where the seatbelt comes out. I was lucky and walked away with a concussion, severe neck pain, and back pain. The other driver was arrested for a dui. I am very concerned that the airbags did not deploy. Good lord! how hard do you have to be hit?

- Arlington, WA, USA

problem #31

Sep 182015

Avenger

  • 33,877 miles
Orc module is defective after dealer diagnostic check. Airbag light on continuously. I feel that this module is defective as it is in 2011 models, etc. This car has a build date of 10-2011 so it probably has the defective orc module just like in the 2011 recall notice. There are many complaints filed now and Dodge should be taking care of this for these 2012 Avenger models. Dodge states that my complaint will be reviewed internally but failed to provide me with follow up contact info. I could tell that they just wanted to end the conversation and not pursue it. So when do these complaints get reviewed" when people get seriously injured or death" now I drive this around with no air bag function, wonder why they even upgraded software for the tipim head restraints recall.....still don't have air bag function.

- Neenah, WI, USA

problem #30

Aug 012015

Avenger

  • 36,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Received a recall notice for NHTSA 13V-282 for the active head restraints. That is not the concern with the vehicle. The airbag light has remained on and was advised that the wiring needed to be repaired. This is a major safety concern and is not covered under warranty with the manufacturer. Just outside of the warranty and nothing was done to cause this to happen.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #29

May 262015

Avenger

  • 72,728 miles
My vehicle did have the recall N38 for the tipm reprogram done. Since then I have had nothing but problems with the air bag light. The air bag light stays on. I took it to a Dodge dealer on 5/26/15 who replaced the orc module at a cost of $385. Two weeks later the air bag light came on intermittently. I took it to the dealer again to be told this time it was the connector in the headrest. They repaired it for $128 and told me if the problem persists I would need to replace the headrest. Why wasn't the orc module recalled for the 2012's?

- Ontario, NY, USA

problem #28

May 242015

Avenger

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. After the vehicle was started, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that an unknown module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V282000 (air bags, electrical system).the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #27

Jun 042015

Avenger

  • 48,561 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Took my car to dealer for recall notice a few days before my airbag light came on when I was at dealer they said that the orc module needed replaced I noticed in my recall notice that it was to be replaced in 2011 model but not 2012 please see below : for 2012 and 2013 model js vehicles: The totally integrated power module (tipm) must be reprogrammed. For 2011 model js vehicles: The occupant restraint control (orc) module must be replaced. For 2011 and 2012 model ka vehicles: The occupant restraint control (orc) module must be replaced. For 2011 model kk vehicles: The occupant restraint control (orc) module must be replaced. For 2012 model kk vehicles: The totally integrated power module (tipm) must be reprogrammed. I believe this part also should have been repaired

- Deatsville , AL, USA

problem #26

Nov 062014

Avenger

  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 91,000. The VIN was not available.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #25

Apr 222015

Avenger

  • 42,208 miles
Last week the airbag warning light came on while the car was in park.we took our 2012 Dodge Avenger to the dealer for a recall on an airbag problem. The dealer "flashed" or updated the tiom. The airbag light remained on. They say we have a faulty internal orc( occupant restraint controller) module.this is a recalled part on the 2011 but apparently not the 2012 at this time.

- Oskaloosa, IA, USA

problem #24

Jan 302015

Avenger

  • 84,546 miles
My 2012 Dodge Avenger had recall for electrical system, airbags. I took it to the dealer and they performed recall "N38 reflash tipm." Before this recall was done my vehicle had no problems. As soon as I drove away from the dealer, my airbag light on dash was on, the left rear turning light and left brake light not working, right headlight not working, right front turning signal not working. I let the dealer know what was going on and they said I had "to bring it back in because it probably has electrical problem". this is more than just electrical problem, it is a safety problem. After having the lighting diagnosed and inspected, I am having to pay $1250 for tipm to be replaced for a new one. I am very upset and in disbelief that I have to pay this for a defective or faulty tipm module. I feel this defect of the tipm module should be also a recall and covered by the manufacturer.

- Ceres, CA, USA

problem #23

Jan 022015

Avenger 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Air bag light stays on. Took it to a Dodge dealer and they did a recall active head restraints recall. Light is still on. So I took it to a mechanic and had them do a diagnostic on it in the code is B1C1A something to do with the wiring under the seat to the head restraint. Took the car back to Dodge and they said its not on the recall. My car has never been in a accident, this is a fault with Dodge wiring system. Call main Dodge office they say they want fix it. This is a error with the air bag system and wiring.I can't get my inspection sticker with this light on.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #22

Dec 132014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 43,921 miles
Received notice of a recall on active head restraints. Vendor did not honor recall.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #21

Jan 182015

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 45,652 miles
I recently was in car accident and my air bags never deployed. I checked into this with Chrysler company. According to them there was a recall, but I never was notified of the recall. My car is sitting in fingerlakes collision body shop untouched because of liability issues. Chrysler took my information down but has responded with my complaint. My complaint number with Chrysler is [xxx]. the body shop number is 315-568-6390. [xxx] replied that it takes a lot of power to have the bags go off. I said the seat belts hurt us, tot he point of bruises around neck, shoulders, and back. I have talk to several attorneys and because we are not dead or have a limb missing they cant help us. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Penn Yan, NY, USA

problem #20

Jan 032015

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
On January 3, 2015, complainant was driving a friend to work at approximately 9 a.M. when complainant lost total control of his 2012 Dodge Avenger due to ice covering the entirety of the streets causing complainant to slide two (2) blocks towards an overhanging cliff where plaintiff had a head on collision with a huge tree totaling his 2012 Dodge Avenger. At the instant of collision, there was a strange and pungent odor that permeated the interior of the automobile when both front airbags came out but failed to inflate and to offer any support. The airbags only stayed laying flat on the steering column and the passenger side dashboard. At the instant of collision, complainant struck his forehead against the steering column causing complaint severe neck trauma, severe spinal trauma, severe back trauma and severe hip trauma... complainant was wearing his seat belt at the time and so was the passenger. At the time of collision the passenger struck her entire face against the passenger side dashboard where the malfunctioning airbag.... at no time did the airbags inflate and there was so sort of electrical problem before the airbags came out that gave off a very disturbing odor... the wrecked car is presently at the progressive insurance auto auction and the telephone number there is 724 443 7881... I am requesting that an investigation be done to determine that both front airbags did not inflate and offer protection... both airbags appeared to be damaged... also there was a recall on that product in early 2014 and complainant believes that whatever Dodge of monroeville did during this recall was not appropriate and was in violation of federal safety and warranty laws....

- N. Braddock, PA, USA

problem #19

Dec 262014

Avenger

  • 60,000 miles
Without cause, the airbag light came on. After investigating the issue, I find that my car had a recall for the tipm, which was not done. I then had the tipm reset, however it did not turn the light out. Then I had a diagnostic test done that came up with a code of B2208, which of course warranty doesn't cover. This module should be replaced by Chrysler for the 2012 Avenger as well.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #18

Dec 312014

Avenger

  • 62,000 miles
I was in an car accident recently where I know that my airbag deployment was delayed when the collision occurred. Due to the upper left side of forehead striking the steering wheel the moment the vehicles collided and then after a very short moment my steering wheel airbag deployed. Knocking me unconscious for 5-10 seconds. Where I was later diagnosed with a concussion in the er. Which I am still currently suffering from.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #17

Dec 162014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 88,181 miles
My air bag light came on December 16,2014 I reported it on December 18,2014. I took it in to be fixed on 12/21/2014 but my airbag light is still on due to the fact that he said the occupant restraint control module needs to be replaced. I feel this is a defect and should be part of the recalls. How do I know that he reprogrammed it if the light is still on. Also my trunk holds water when it rains and the water comes out of the latch once it is held up. I feel that Dodge should hold up to its product and repair all problems.

- Lake, MS, USA

problem #16

Dec 162014

Avenger

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the air bag warning light continuously illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the occupant restraint control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired; however, the tipm was reset. The failure persisted. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V282000 (air bags, electrical system). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Lake, MS, USA

problem #15

Nov 272014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 43,200 miles
The air bag warning light stays on.

- Wylie , TX, USA

problem #14

Oct 132014

Avenger

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the occupant restraint module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

- Kokomo , IN, USA

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