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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,024 miles

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2002 Dodge Dakota seat belts / air bags problems

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #13

Sep 172009

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 93,120 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. While driving 40 mph he crashed into a light pole. Upon impact the frontal air bags failed to deploy. As a result he sustained injuries to his back, shoulder and hip on the left side. A police report was filed. The vehicle is currently being inspected by an insurance adjuster. He notified the manufacturer and was advised by a representative that unless the engine comes into the cab, the air bags will not deploy. The failure and current mileages were 93,120. Updated 10/19/09 the consumer stated he suddenly steered towards the pole to avoid being hit by vehicle #2. the manufacturer sent the consumer a letter stating the vehicle failed to reach the correct deceleration speed and found no problems with the system and no codes were present. The consumer stated the battery had been disconnected at the scene due to the utility pole and the possibility of electrocution. Updated 10/19/09. The consumer stated Chrysler has not done nothing about the problem. Updated 04/12/10.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #12

Nov 152008

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. While driving 10 mph in rainy weather conditions, the contact's vehicle was struck head-on by another vehicle traveling approximately 55 mph. The contact's air bags failed to deploy and there were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The police and ambulance were called to the scene and a report was filed. Two occupants sustained severe injuries. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a collision center. The failure and current mileages were 100,000. Updated 03/04/09. Updated 03/06/09.

- Rogers, AR, USA

problem #11

Nov 102006

Dakota

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that the horn was inoperative. The dealer and the manufacturer stated that they were not liable for the damages because the vehicle was no longer under warranty. There were no recalls pertaining to the failure. In addition, the air bag on the driver's side was not working due to the horn failure. The failure mileage was 50,000 and current mileage was 74,000.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #10

Mar 182008

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,600 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. While driving between 55-60 mph, the contact blacked out. The vehicle veered to the left, clipped a telephone pole, and dropped down 15 feet into a creek. The driver side air bag failed to deploy. The contact climbed out of the window and collapsed. He was transported to the hospital in an ambulance. The contact suffered severe whiplash, and herniated and ruptured one disc in his neck. He now has a titanium plate in his neck and is experiencing back pain, along with difficulty keeping his balance. The insurance company stated that the vehicle was destroyed. The contact has pictures available. Police report number 79061-08 was filed. The current and failure mileages were 61,600.

- Pawpaw, MI, USA

problem #9

Feb 182005

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,780 miles
I was in a rearend collission that pushed my vehicle into the one in front. It pushed my tailgate in 20+" and shoved everything into the motor. The truck was totaled.I contacted daimler-Chrysler who told me the airbags were not made to deploy in a rear end collission. Only if the vehicle is moving forward with accelleration and suddenly hit in the front.what if someone was sitting at a stopsign and another vehicle came in their lane and hit head on?

- Verden, OK, USA

problem #8

Apr 012005

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
Consumer hit an iron pole while crossing rail road tracks at an undetermined speed, and neither frontal air bags deployed. Vehicle is at the body shop for inspection. The driver's side air bag did not deploy.

- Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #7

Aug 152004

Dakota 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,541 miles

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

Traveling approx 25 mph on wet roads. Applied brakes nothing happened. Truck didn't slow down with brake to floor. Collision occurred (rear-ended another vehicle) and front airbags did not deploy. Wearing seat belt.

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #6

May 282004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
When the brake pedal was depressed to slow down the vehicle when approaching an intersection at 20 - 25 mph it failed to do so. As a result, consumer applied more force to the brake pedal. Then, tabs locked up and the vehicle skidded. Vehicle stopped when it smashed into another vehicle. Upon impact, none of the frontal air bags deployed. This incident occurred while driving on a wet road. Prior to the accident, brake pedal vibrated when depressed.

- Marshfield, MA, USA

problem #5

Sep 052003

Dakota

  • 19,000 miles
While driving 35 mph consumer was approaching a red light while applying the brakes and brake pedal felt like a wet sponge. The vehicle never slowed down. Consumer applied the emergency brake, but a collision occurred. Consumer's vehicle collided with the rear end of the vehicle in front. The consumer was wearing a seat belt, but the drivers side air bag did not deploy. The manufacturer and the dealer were informed of the crash.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #4

Mar 022003

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,273 miles
While driving 35 mph on the highway the driver loss control of the vehicle and hit a tree. None of the air bags deployed deploy..

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #3

Aug 162002

Dakota

  • miles

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

While driving at 35mph and with no warning consumer's vehicle was hit in front center, and air bags did not deploy. Dealer notified.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 232002

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle hit a tree at 55 mph, location of impact was between headlights. Neither airbag deployed, consumer hit his head on the windshield, suffered extensive injuries to head and neck. Damage to vehicle was $ 7118.00.

- Pine Bluff, AR, USA

problem #1

Feb 242002

Dakota

  • miles
My truck sustained severe front end damage, and air bags did not deploy. Photographs available upon request.

- Waukegan, IL, USA

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