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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,200 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 #5

Jan 262009

Dakota

  • 134,000 miles

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

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 #4

May 142002

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
Seat belt malfunctions

- Kearneysville, WV, USA

problem #3

Jan 202004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought my 1998 Dodge Dakota with the confidence of knowing that I had selected a safe, comfortable, reliable car. However, that perception was gone this morning when I found the website called www.unsafebelts.com. I am appalled (yet not surprised, quite honestly) to learn that Chrysler is knowingly allowing many people to drive their cars with seatbelts that are not adequate or reliable. I am more shocked that NHTSA and other groups like it are not lobbying for safer belts. As the other owner of my car drives the vehicle at least 20 hours per week, I am shocked and saddened by this inaction. I would like to call for a recall of these belts. I will be contacting the dealership where I purchased my car today and requesting replacements for my seat belts. I will also be asking Chrysler to cover the cost of this replacement.

- North Garden, VA, USA

problem #2

May 091999

Dakota

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The bolt that had been securing the shoulder anchor of the seat belt to the frame worked its way loose allowing the anchor to disengage from the frame. Manufacturer will be contacted.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 131998

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
Consumer was nearly involved in a collision in which the passenger's seat belt did not retract.

- Mobile, AL, USA

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