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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,737 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.

1998 Dodge Dakota seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 072011

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that at engine startup, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 150,000 and the current mileage was 160,000. Updated 02/01/12 the consumer stated the air bag light intermittently illuminated. The intermittent behavior would occur at idle, when cold, hot, all speeds and when the vehicle was first started. The consumer stated a recall was issued. However, Chrysler denied a recall existed. The consumer paid $1,243 for the repair, which included a defective clock spring assembly as noted in the recall. Updated 02/10/12

- Worthington, OH, USA

problem #7

Jan 262009


  • 134,000 miles
Me and a friend were in a car accident.when we lost control of my 1998 Dodge Dakota and hit the side of a building at 40-45 mph when we hit the air bags did not deploy and the seat belts did not lock up like they were supposed to in result we bounced or faces and heads off of the steering wheel and dash board and now having head neck and back problems.

- Florence, OR, USA

problem #6

Mar 262008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,900 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Dakota. The contact attempted to start the vehicle and the air bag sensor activated. The dealer stated that the vehicle would have to be brought in to be placed on a diagnostic computer to determine the cause of the failure. The VIN, engine size, and number of cylinders were unknown. The current mileage was 136,069 and failure mileage was 135,900.

- Brooklyn, MI, USA

problem #5

Feb 122003

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


While driving, the air bag light illuminated on the dash board and stayed on. The air bag module was replaced but the problem resurfaced. The consumer saw recall 01V-153000 which was related to the air bag clockspring dealer they stated that the vehicle was not in the recall, but it has the same model and year. Consumer had to pay for cost of repairs.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 012001


  • miles
Vehicle was experiencing the same problem as mentioned in recall 01V153000982 but, this vehicle was not part of recall due to VIN.

- Landenberg, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 292000

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Vehicle was moving at approximately 35 mph when it was impacted by a mid size GM auto traveling at approximately the same speed. Impact damage to the vehicle extended from the front grill area to the left side ending at the driver door. Extensive engine compartment and front driveline damage occured. Neither air bag deployed.

- Alexander, AR, USA

problem #2

Jun 051999


  • miles
Michael bogner was going at about a speed of 35 to 45 mph when he lost control of his truck and hit a parked car. His airbag did not deploy and because of it he suffered neck and shoulder injuries. We contacted Chrysler Corp. To let them know. They sent out an agent, and he claims that the airbag didn't deploy because he hit an object. He went further to say that the airbag "may" have gone off if he hit a brick wall. Right now my michael and I are waiting on the report. We were promised it three weeks ago and we still not have recieved it. We both feel like something is being kept from us and would appreciate it greatly if you were to look into it.

- Long Beach, MS, USA

problem #1

Jun 011998

(reported on)


  • miles
Please provide list of dealers in oahu, Hawaii that deactivate air bags.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

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