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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
12 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,012 miles

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2012 Dodge Avenger seat belts / air bags problems

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2012 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #46

Sep 022015


  • 77,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the vehicle had an inactive head restraint and the head restraint unit needed to be rewired. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 13V282000 (air bags, electrical system), but the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 77,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #45

Aug 042016


  • 81,000 miles
Air bag light stayed on. Took car in for N38 safety recall didnot fix problem. Charged$135 for diagnostic which said bad orc module. Found out that Dodge replaced the orc on 2011 model and the 2012 of other models but not Avenger. Other people complain of same defect now they want 565 to fix

- Haymarket, VA, USA

problem #44

Jun 292016


  • 70,000 miles
Airbag light comes on intermittently. Dealership corrected problem in August 2015 and it came back on June 2016. Was told the work will not be covered by Dodge. I looked up a recall for 2012 Dodge Avenger air bags but was told this recall does not apply to my vehicle. Occurs when car is stationary and in motion on all terrains. Light will turn off occasionally and then turn back on.

- Chesterfield, MI, USA

problem #43

May 022016


  • miles


My passenger airbag light comes on an off no matter if anyone is in the seat or not. Took my car to Dodge was told theres no recall yet I looked up my car in front of the service guy showed him the information he told me that wasn't true I would have to pay for my car to be check. Also my windshield wipers come on when they want to yet there's a recall for that as well an service continue to say the information not true. Do they just not wont to fix it. Both are so to the totally integrated power module (tipm), which is a control modual that needs to be replaced.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #42

Jun 282016


  • 50,000 miles
Consistent intermittent failure of driver's headrest airbag. Service center cannot determine a fix. Issue occurs when vehicle is in motion or stationary on all road types and weather.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #41

May 262016


  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. When the contact attempted to start the vehicle, the air bag light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V282000 (air bags, electrical system) and stated that the part needed for the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #40

Apr 282015


  • 51,039 miles


I took my car to the Dodge dealership to be diagnose because of windshield wiper not working properly. When wipers are turn on they would randomly stop out of no where then take several seconds sometimes minutes before coming back on, the diagnostic came back internal short in tipm. I've noticed in many research online there has been many recalls and problem regarding tipm from Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler. Also I've had shortage in my power window not wanting to work but will eventually start again and air bag light is on all those could be related to the bad tipm. The first time I'd noticed the windshield wiper not working I was driving home from work on a raining night on the park way doing 65mph with a semi truck in front of me then out of no where the windshield wipers got stuck in the middle of the windshield I could not see because it was raining kind of hard so I had to drive 20mph with my emergency flashes on because I was less then a half of mile from my exit then I pulled over at the first store off the exit. The other scenario with the windows not rolling down I was on my way to the doctor my driver side window was down when I pulled up to the parking lot it wouldn't roll back up after I left the doctor I got home 5 hours later I decided to give it another try it was working find. My air bag light has been on for about 4months now and I've notice there's been recalls on my vehicle about the air bag.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #39

Apr 052016

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Car has only 50,000 miles and have had to replace rack and pinion seven months ago. Now the clock spring is bad in steering resulting in borrowed time for air bag. So, if we do not replace this for the cost of $500, my air bag will not deploy in the event of an accident, resulting in possible death. This issue needs to be looked at as soon as possible with Dodge Avengers (2012). There should be no reason my steering wheel should have this many issues starting at 35,000 miles and still continuing. If an air bag does not deploy upon impact and myself, or my child, or someone dies as a result of the faulty clock spring and air bags, it will not be a very good situation. This issue needs to be looked at immediately. My car is currently at the Dodge auto shop and I purchased an extended warranty from mastertech when I purchased the vehicle, but apparently, my warranty does not cover air bags. This is something I feel that needs to be covered on all warranties, people's lives are worth covering. Please look into this safety issue with my car, and others as soon as possible. Thank you.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #38

Mar 182016


  • 60,000 miles
The air bag warning light illuminated. Few days later began hearing a clicking under the dashboard behind the glove box. Received notice for recall. Due to location nearest Dodge dealership is 2 hours away. Decided to wait. A short time later, the car began to lose power briefly intermittently. Once again, due to location decided to wait. Two days ago the car stalled completely while traveling at 45 miles per hour. No steering, no brakes, nothing. Scared me. Trying to find someone locally to look at it. Today it died in the middle of a very busy intersection. Once again, coming to the intersection the car dropped below 1,000 rpms and then dies.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #37

Mar 132016


  • miles
My airbag light came on and I took it in for service and the light went off but now its been back on for months and also the passenger window has not been working, its been stationary and I was out of town when it happened.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #36

Dec 102015


  • 60,000 miles


I was in accident the brakes failed during hard braking. I hit the brake pedal so hard I bent the pedal assembly. The seatbelt restraints didn't lockup and threw me forward so I hit my head on the roof line the point of impact was the sun visor. The airbags did not deploy and I hit the steering wheel with my chest. I hit the car in front of me when the brakes failed the car keep rolling to the point of impact with the Cadillac escalade my car went under his bumper so the car had to dive down just to roll under his car. The driver in the vehicle was not hurt. I would up with a small concussion and my right foot is still in pain.

- Belton, TX, USA

problem #35

Oct 252015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated.the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 13V282000 (air bags, electrical system) but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the air bag warning light remained illuminated after the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 1/15/16

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #34

Sep 102015


  • 6,000 miles
Air bag light just came on for no reason.something is wrong with that

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #33

Mar 202015


  • 11,609 miles
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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 36,500 miles
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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 48,561 miles
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

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