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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,805 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Dodge Caravan seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 182016


  • 148,000 miles


During a left side impact collision with a semi truck the left seatbelt of the middle row seat failed to lock. It caused my backseat passenger to be thrown from side to side in the van because of the seatbelt releasing too much slack upon collision. She sustained multiple injuries and was unable to walk for 6 weeks.

- Lucedale, MS, USA

problem #5

Mar 092012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph through an intersection, another vehicle crashed into the driver side of the contact's vehicle. The front passenger seat belt failed and the passenger sustained injuries to the back. The police were called and a report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Kirkville, NY, USA

problem #4

Apr 062010

Caravan 6-cyl

  • 112,228 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Caravan. The vehicle was parked and the contact detected the driver side seat belt would not latch. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician stated that the failure was contributed to a latch fork in the seat belt sticking or possibly the spring being worn. The new part was replaced at the owners expense for $400. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 04V047000 seat belts, front retractor); however, the VIN was excluded from the recall defect. The failure mileage was 112,228. Updated 05/19/10 updated 05/20/10.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #3

Sep 302009


  • 48,600 miles


Seatbelt ceased to function. Seems to be a problem/defect with the retractor mechanism. Seatbelt in question is second row, passenger side. Had a child car seat secured in our vehicle with seat belt. Child outgrew seat, so switched out for a booster seat. Attempted to buckle child into booster seat. Seat belt locked across child's chest. I unbuckled the seat belt to re-buckle it more comfortably. The seatbelt "gave" a little slack, then froze in it's position. It no longer retracts, nor does it extend further. Concerned, because how would the broken belt have functioned had there ever been a crash? moreover, concerned about safety/functionality of other belts in the vehicle.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 282008


  • miles
Air bag light comes on and remains on. I took the van to the shop and the mechanic placed on a diagnostic machine and stated that there was nothing showing the something was wrong with the airbag and that I should take the car back to the dealer.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

May 152008


  • 22,000 miles
Rear seat belts (all 4) sudden stop on 5/08 at approx 30mph passenger side middle seat shoulder belt failed to restrain an 8 yr old child from bending forward - resulting in lower abdomen injury requiring emergency room visit the following day.

- Southbridge, MA, USA

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