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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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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1998 Dodge Dakota seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 251999

Dakota

  • miles

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

The driver seatbelt would not retract which could result in injury if an accident occured. Dealer replaced driver seatbelt on two occasions.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #7

Oct 081999

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
Passenger seatbelt will not lock passenger in place in the event of accident. Dealership has acknowledged the problem, replaced the belt one time. Problem still exists. Currently waiting for a second replacement. Rear brakes only wore out and required replacement. 5,000 miles prior they had been checked by the dealership and reported to be "line new". front brakes are still fine at 48,000 miles.

- Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #6

Aug 131999

Dakota

  • miles
Seat hinge tore flesh off my cousins left index finger to the bone. He needed to get 7 stitches

- Delphos, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 101998

Dakota

  • miles

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

Dealership service department contacted numerous occasions over past 7+ months with either no response or extremely slow response. Tansmission/brakes/shocks/tires, and seat belts, not repaired to date.( dot number: Tire size: 235 75R15 )

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 101998

Dakota

  • miles
Windshield has manufacture defects. Optical distortions appear in multiple, if not the entire windsheild. Dealer discribed them as normal and that every other windshield in the Dakota and durango line have similar problems...er character. I was asked to get use to the distortion, but cannot. My problem with visability through the windshield has caused misjudgements in sign legibility, distance/physical appearance and sometimes resulted in eyestrain leading to headaches.

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 201999

Dakota 4WD

  • miles
Passenger seat belts failed to engage catch mechanism when pulled sharply.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

problem #2

Dec 011997

Dakota

  • miles
Seat belts failed to restrain properly during collision.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #1

Feb 241998

(reported on)

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Seat belts failed.

- Janesville, WI, USA

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