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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
23 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
21 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,786 miles

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1998 Dodge Caravan seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Oct 052001

Caravan

  • miles

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

In Oct I rear ended another car and the airbags did not deployapx speed 30-35, we got the reapirs done and 8 days after I got it back the airbags deployed which caused me to rear end onther car which caused injury to me and ithers asd well as major damage to both vehicles. And from what I have heard there has been some recalls on the Caravan airbags I am not sure if this is where I need to be to report this ans to also get more information on this problem or even where ans what do I do from here"?"

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #16

Aug 182001

Caravan

  • miles
While driving air bags deployed for no reason and unexpectedly. Took vehicle to dealer, and mechanic could not locate cause of problem. Manufacturer sent an inspector. Inspector indicated possible cause was accident from last year, and air bags did not deploy.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #15

Apr 272001

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
While driving 35-40 mph and without a collision driver's and passenger's air bags deployed, cause unknown.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #14

Mar 272001

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles

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

Consumer was traveling 50mph and rearended a vehicle that came to sudden stop. Driver's seat collapsed backwards. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Driver suffered injuries in both cases. Vehicle was totaled after 12/14/00.

- Torrence, CA, USA

problem #13

Apr 102000

Caravan

  • miles
During vehcile collision no deployment of both frontal air bags, resulting in injuries (back and hand).

- Elmhurst, IL, USA

problem #12

May 062000

Caravan

  • miles
My husband rear ended another vehicle between 40 - 45 mph and my airbags did not deploy. I am concerned that if I had been driving I would have hit the steering column as I drive closer to the wheel. I have spoken with numerous people who all state that at the speed he was going the bag should have deployed. The impact was all frontal, he did try to avoid hitting the vehicle, but the impact is from the center of the hood on the drivers side back to the windshield. The vehicle is a potential total.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #11

Mar 092000

Caravan

  • miles

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

Vehicle was hit on left front and right front at 25 mph+ and the air bags did not deploy. Substantial damage occurred to the vehicle front end, frame was bent, radiator was busted and the front of the vehilce was pushed back several inches. Photos and video of damage is available.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #10

Jan 312000

Caravan

  • miles
Both air bags inadvertently deployed while traveling at 25 mph or less. No bump/ pothole, or manhole plate was ran over at the time. Dealer/manufacturer notified.

- North Adams, MA, USA

problem #9

Dec 151999

Caravan

  • miles
12/15/1999 accident at @ noon, I struck the rear of a leaf collection vehicle, resulting in @ $7000 worth of damage to my car majority of damage in front, air bag never deployed, after car was repaired I air bag light remained continuously on when car was on.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #8

Dec 151999

Caravan

  • miles
12/15/1999 accident at @ noon, I struck the rear of a leaf collection vehicle, resulting in @ $7000 worth of damage to my car majority of damage in front, air bag never deployed, after car was repaired I air bag light remained continuously on when car was on.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jul 201999

Caravan Diesel

  • miles

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

While at a stop consumer's vehicle was hit by another vehicle, upon impact, driver's and passenger's air bags did not deploy, which did not protect the occupants in this crash. No previous problems with this vehicle. This was a frontal collision.

- St Albans, WV, USA

problem #6

Jul 201999

Caravan Diesel

  • miles
While at a stop consumer's vehicle was hit by another vehicle, upon impact, driver's and passenger's air bags did not deploy, which did not protect the occupants in this crash. No previous problems with this vehicle. This was a frontal collision.

- St Albans, WV, USA

problem #5

Aug 051999

Caravan

  • miles
Had an accident on 05-Aug-99, and air bags on both driver's side/ passenger's side didn't deploy.consumer contacted dealer.was hit from the front.

- Springfield, UT, USA

problem #4

Aug 051999

Caravan

  • miles
Had an accident on 05-Aug-99, and air bags on both driver's side/ passenger's side didn't deploy.consumer contacted dealer.was hit from the front.

- Springfield, UT, USA

problem #3

Aug 051999

Caravan

  • miles
Had an accident on 05-Aug-99, and air bags on both driver's side/ passenger's side didn't deploy.consumer contacted dealer.was hit from the front.

- Springfield, UT, USA

problem #2

Sep 111998

Caravan

  • miles
I was slowing down toward a traffic light and about 35-mph the ABS light came on. The car brakes went almost to the floor could not stop. Consequently I could not avoid a collision. The dealer said that the air bag did not open because the vehicle impact was inches just above the left side of the bumper, to my surprise. I thought I was buying a safe vehicle for my family. Since the vehicle was new the light came on one time or another, the deler could not find the problem but it was there and nothing was fix.

- Fajardo, PR, USA

problem #1

Sep 111998

Caravan

  • miles
I was slowing down toward a traffic light and about 35-mph the ABS light came on. The car brakes went almost to the floor could not stop. Consequently I could not avoid a collision. The dealer said that the air bag did not open because the vehicle impact was inches just above the left side of the bumper, to my surprise. I thought I was buying a safe vehicle for my family. Since the vehicle was new the light came on one time or another, the deler could not find the problem but it was there and nothing was fix.

- Fajardo, PR, USA

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