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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,976 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Dodge Caravan seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 062010

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) have a 2005 Dodge Caravan which I purchased from new. Approximately 2 months ago noticed that the airbag warning light came on. Tried to reset the computer by disconnecting the battery and reconnecting it after a while. This eliminated the warning light for a short period of time. Found out that there had been 2 recalls on these vans for a similar problem. Called both Dodge and the local dealer we purchased the Caravan from, after giving them the VIN number ([xxx]) they said this was not part of the recall. The recall describes exactly what has happened to my Caravan. Why is my Caravan not covered by the 2005/2006 recalls.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #7

Jan 102010


  • 92,500 miles
Description: I was involved in an accident on 10 Jan 2010 while driving my 2005 Dodge Caravan SXT. The accident was initially caused by an individual carrying furniture in the back of his pick-up truck. The furniture fell out of the back of the truck forced myself and another driver in front of me to slam on our brakes. I immediately applied my brakes however the ABS did not engage and I skidded into the Chevy Silverado truck that was traveling in front of me. I left two 50ft skid marks (my estimate) behind me. Ultimately, the failure of the ABS system caused me to impact the rear of the Silverado. Additionally, and just as importantly, my air bags did not deploy upon impact. I was later informed by Dodge/Chrysler, who I complained to, that based on the area of impact the sensors were not damaged, which in-turn was the determining factor why they didn't deploy. After checking all the recalls for my van there was a recall for the airbag sensor that Dodge failed to inform us of, in addition to other recalls.we took plenty of pictures at the scene of the accident to show all the problems I have stated in the complaint, Dodge model: Caravan model year: 2005 manufacturer: DaimlerChrysler corporation mfr's report date: May 01, 2007 NHTSA campaign id number: 07V192000 EA06003 NHTSA action number: EA06003 component: Air bags:frontal:sensor/control module potential number of units affected: 270958 summary: Make: Dodge model: Caravan model year: 2005 manufacturer: Chrysler group llc mfr's report date: Jan 07, 2010 NHTSA campaign id number: 10V008000 RQ09003 NHTSA action number: RQ09003 component: Air bags:frontal:sensor/control module potential number of units affected: 312442make: Dodge model: Caravan model year: 2005 manufacturer: Brake parts, Inc. Mfr's report date: Mar 09, 2006 NHTSA campaign id number: 06E022000 N/a NHTSA action number: N/a component: Service brakes, hydraulic.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #6

May 152008

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Frontal sensor/air bag my air bag warning light in my vehicle has be illuminating for almost 2 years now. I looked into a recall at the time my dealer service center advised me of the meaning of the warning light. At that time I seen a recall for the air bag sensor and my vehicle was not part of the recall. Now here almost 2 years later another recall is posted for the same sensor and my vehicle is still not part of the recall. The sensors still have not been replaced.

- Turtle Creek, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 072009


  • 62,609 miles


2005 Caravan SXT front air bag sensors.

- Hamburg, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 032009


  • 86,000 miles
Our 2005 Dodge Caravan was involved in a crash. The front left side of the van hit a steel light pole mounted in concrete. The driver's side air bags deployed, but the passenger side did not. My daughter was sitting in the passenger seat and suffered a head injury/concussion.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #3

May 192009


  • 58,700 miles
My wife driving a 2005 Dodge Caravan van was distracted and soloed into a guard rail at a speed of approximately 20 mph. A safety bag under the driver's steering wheel exploded open and the plastic cover opened, it smashed against her leg. And shattered her ankle.

- Highland, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 012009


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. While driving approximately 40 mph on normal road conditions, the frontal air bag warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The warning indicator remained lit until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing and they stated that the failure was due to the frontal air bag sensor. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 07V192000 (air bags;frontal'sensor/control module), although the failures were identical. The vehicle is in the process of being repaired. The failure mileage was 64,000 and current mileage was 65,000.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 102009


  • 64,000 miles
I have a 2005 Dodge Caravan, purchased new. It has 64000 miles and has never been in a collision and has never had the airbags deployed. The airbag light has come on and will not go off. There was a recall in May 2007, but the dealer states that my VIN number is not included. We live in western NY where road salt has been heavily used, which has been identified as part of the cause of this problem. The dealer stated to me that it would cost me $94 to get a diagnostic test and then an additional $250 to fix it. I don't understand why I should have to pay for this repair when 2005 Dodge Caravan in 27 states have been recalled and fixed free. My vehicle fits all the criteria for this recall except for the VIN number. What recourse do I have in this?

- Ransomville , NY, USA

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