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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,727 miles

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2001 Dodge Dakota seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #11

Feb 042011

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 27,000 miles

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

2001 Dodge Dakota: Clockspring failure leading to non functioning horn and air bags: History: Normal use, very low mileage (27000) symptoms: On-steering-wheel horn and speed controls fail, then airbag system cause: Failure in clockspring. Previous recalls for dodgeram, Dakota and durango cover this in other models, but not mine although my Dakota was built in one of the recall-effected plants during the mdh time range: See recall #982 repair: Requires replacing clock spring $180 "street price" for part plus labor. Comment: Internet searches suggest this is a common problem with Dakota trucks outside the aforementioned recall. It may be appropriate to increase the range of coverage of models, VIN's and mdh's subject to recall.

- Nantucket, MA, USA

problem #10

Oct 102007

Dakota 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Clock spring - no horn - no drivers side airbag have replaced 2 sets of front brake calipers and lines on this truck due to front brakes locking up while driving. Nearly causing accidents.

- Guntersville, AL, USA

problem #9

Aug 132004

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
The consumer's vehicle rear ended an oil tanker while driving at 45 mph. Upon impact, none of the frontal air bags deployed. The driver sustained knee injuries, and the passenger sustained a hair line fracture to left foot, angle, and ribs. She also suffered from back pains. This was the second collision where the air bags didn't deploy. The consumer's husband applied the brakes, but the vehicle failed to slow down. The brakes felt like they were slipping.

- Grand Island, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 292003

Dakota

  • miles

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

While making a right turn at an intersection and without warning vehicle slid on dirt and gravel and it went down into an embankment, hitting a tree. Upon impact, driver's side air bag did not deploy. Driver sustained neck and back injuries, and was transported to the hospital by an ambulance.

- Porter, TX, USA

problem #7

Dec 112000

Dakota

  • miles
While driving at 35 mph, vehicle was involved in a head on collision and air bags did not deploy. Please provide additional information.

- Meraux, LA, USA

problem #6

Nov 122002

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
Consumer states while traveling 50 mph in resulting into a impacting into deer vehicle air bags did not deploy at any time.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #5

Oct 292002

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles

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

Consumer states while traveling 35-45 mph while roads were wet consumer hit guard rails bouncing back into traffic.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 242002

Dakota

  • miles
While driving at 30-40 mph vehicle was involved in frontal collision. Air bags did not deploy. Dealer contacted. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Maxwell, TX, USA

problem #3

Aug 262001

Dakota

  • miles
We are concerned because the airbag in this vehicle failed to deploy. The circum-stances under which this collision happened are as follows: Our 17 Y/O was coming home from school (with friend as passenger). Passenger noticed 1st a vehicle ahead of them was slamming on their brakes to turn right (w/O using turn signal). Our daughter was unable to stop the Dodge truck in time to avoid a collision. Our vehicle incurred rt front end damage. The other vehicle incurred lt rear/ side damage. Our daughter's passenger hurt her knee when it hit the dashboard; but (luckily for us) they are friends and did not feel it was a serious enough injury to sue over. But we are concerned the airbag did not deploy-- shouldn't it have; if the decereration/ collision speed was 35 mph??! pls contact us.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #2

Aug 162001

Dakota

  • miles
Was traveling 35-50mph when another vehicle pulled out in front and was hit head on. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Vehicle towed to body shop, and front was repaired. Had service representative come down and check out air bags. Informed consumer air bags were working okay. Second time on 11/3/01 was traveling 50mph and fell asleep. Vehicle went off the road and hit some trees on passenger's side. Then, vehicle returned to road and hit a utility pole.upon impact, air bags failed to deploy each time. Driver suffered no injuries.

- Catawnesca, PA, USA

problem #1

May 152001

Dakota

  • miles
Vehicle was hit by a deer while traveling at 30 mph, driver lost control and hit a tree. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. Dealer / manufacturer were not notified at this time. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- New Martinsville, WV, USA

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