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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
21 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 2
Average Mileage:
3,500 miles

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1998 Dodge Dakota seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Jul 142003

Dakota 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 62,000 miles

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

A clicking noise in the steering column as I drive. A mechanic told me it was related to the air bag. He said it could malfunction in an accident or worse yet could cause an accident.

- Colmesneil, TX, USA

problem #27

Dec 112001

Dakota 6-cyl

  • miles
The driver and passenger air bags deployed when the heater was turned on. Scc

- Hephzibah, GA, USA

problem #26

Sep 122002

Dakota

  • 36,000 miles
Passenger's side airbag had been removed, dealership did not inform consumer before the vehicle was purchased...

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #25

Jul 112002

Dakota

  • miles

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

Involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer. I hit the trailer and the air bags did not deploy.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #24

Dec 112001

Dakota

  • miles
While driving, consumer turned the heat on and both the driver and passenger air bags deployed, the driver was injured, there was no accident and the dealership can not determine the cause, the dealer is unwilling to assist consumer in repairs or medical bills.

- Hephzibah, GA, USA

problem #23

May 112002

Dakota

  • miles
Consumer ran a stop sign at 30 to 35 mph, T-boned another vehicle, full frontal inpact, and none airbags deployed.

- Boscobel, WI, USA

problem #22

Dec 112001

Dakota

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Consumer states while traveling 30 mph, she turned the heat on, and without any indication both front air bags deployed and caused injury. Dealer has been contacted.

- Hephzibah, GA, USA

problem #21

Jan 072002

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 20mph apllied brakes, rubber came off brakes and foot slipped on gas, and accelerated vehicle, hitting another vehicle. Airbags didnot deploy. Dealer contacted.

- St Leonard, MD, USA

problem #20

May 152001

Dakota

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision with a Chevrolet, celebrity at 40 mph. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. Dealer / manufacturer were not notified at this time. Please feel free to provide us with any further information concerning this matter.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #19

Feb 222001

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
Consumer was involved in a collision in which driver's and passenger's air bags did not deploy, cause unknown.

- Geneso, KS, USA

problem #18

Jul 242000

Dakota

  • miles

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

Consumer took vechicle in for a recall on rear brakes hose and reposition axle hose, while driving at 30 mph consuimer ran into a rock, and none of the airbags deployed.

- Kodiak, AL, USA

problem #17

Aug 292000

Dakota

  • miles
While driving about 40 mph another vehicle tried to make a left turn, ending on head first collision where no air bag deployed.

- Paron, AR, USA

problem #16

Feb 201999

Dakota

  • miles
Front airbags deployed for no reason or impact. First time air bags deployed while going over railroad tracks at a slow pace. Second time vehicle was going over a dip in the road and air bags deployed. Dealer replaced airbags the first time it happened. But, after the second time, dealer wanted consumer to contact the insurance company.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #15

Oct 241999

Dakota

  • miles
No deployment of the driver and passenger side air bag when vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole (passenger went forward striking right temple of her head on the rearview resulting in fatal injury to passenger). Nlm

- Murphysbor, IL, USA

problem #14

Oct 241999

Dakota

  • miles
No deployment of the driver and passenger side air bag when vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole (passenger went forward striking right temple of her head on the rearview resulting in fatal injury to passenger). Nlm

- Murphysbor, IL, USA

problem #13

May 132000

Dakota

  • miles
While driving a drunken driver hit consumer on driver's side, and none of the airbags deployed.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #12

Apr 232000

Dakota

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontalcollision at 70 mph, and airbags did not deploy, resulting in minor injuries. Vehicle has been totaled. Dealer has been notified.

- Harris, TN, USA

problem #11

Feb 282000

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling at highway speed of 60-65 mph both air bags deployed for no reason. Vehicle did not hit or bump anything. Condition almost caused a collision. Dealer notified.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #10

Apr 051998

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
1. front crank seal leaking at first oil change, dealer finally replaced. 2. leaking front right shock absorber noticed at first oil change. Dealer replaced both at owners request. 3. there is a loud popping sound coming from the front steering components when the vehicile is in motion and you turn the steering wheel lock to lock. The sound is made when turning left or right. 4. water leak through back slider window resulted in two new carpet/pad assemblies to installed. Dealer finally fixed after 4th visit and threat of filing for lemon law protection. 5. drivers side air bag failed to deploy at 25 mph in a front end collision.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #9

Jul 251999

Dakota

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, and the airbags did not deploy. Dealer and manufacturer have been notified.

- Meredian, MS, USA

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