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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,823 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Dodge Dakota seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 032014

Dakota 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles

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

I had just purchased the car 2 weeks earlier. I was accelerating to merge onto the freeway and the accelerator stuck at 60 mph. No matter what I did to the pedal, it was stuck at 60 mph. The brakes would not work either. I was in a runaway car on a busy freeway. I tried to negotiate the traffic for 2 miles then decided I needed to get off the freeway. I started to smash into the freeway off-ramp retaining wall in the effort to slow the truck down which it did to some degree. Then had to barrel through a red light with flashers and horn going and to stop the truck I deliberately rammed it into a wrought iron fence, 2 landscaping boulders and a light post. The airbag also failed. I was rushed by ambulance to the hospital with head trauma and concussion, broken glasses that cut my eyebrow. I have pictures. The worst part has been the ptsd that I have suffered as a result of the accident -- multiple failure - accelerator, brakes and airbag.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #9

Apr 192014

Dakota

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated that while making a left turn, the throttle became stuck and caused him to lose control of the vehicle and roll over. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 96,000.

- Silver Creek, GA, USA

problem #8

Apr 192014

Dakota 8-cyl

  • 196,730 miles
I was turning left on to wax rd at a red light going up hill when it was raining the truck right rear tire broke traction put me in a fishtail lost control of the vehicle and flipped the truck on its top damaged the driver side bent the frame caved in the roof busted my windshield I was pulled out by an pedestrian but the airbag did not deploy none of the safety features did not work but the seat belt only. Where the throttle was sticking that gave the impression that I was playing carelessly.

- Silver Creek, GA, USA

problem #7

Jul 232011

Dakota

  • 125,000 miles

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

Traveling sb on us 13, I fell asleep at the wheel. Struck 2 vehicles at approx. 50 mph, point of impact driver's side front of truck. Insurance adjuster totaled the truck, so the impact was surely enough to warrant deployment of both front airbags. They failed to deploy, resulting in a head injury to my companion. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance, so her injuries were documented. I had a large abdominal bruise, but refused treatment so I have no documentation of my injury. She has a permanent scar above her eyebrow as a result of the accident, which I believe would've been prevented had airbag properly deployed.

- Townsend, DE, USA

problem #6

Feb 262010

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Hit a tree head on and the airbags failed to deploy and I hit the tree very hard the truck is undriveable.

- West Salem, OH, USA

problem #5

Jun 152004

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,500 miles
Intermittent activaton of the airbag warning light when turning steering wheel. Diagnosis by dealership is failed clockspring assy in steering column. Result of not fixing is inoperable airbag. Dealership replaced part at cost.

- Saunderstown, RI, USA

problem #4

Feb 132004

Dakota 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles

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

Airbag didn't deploy when an accident occured at 43 mph. Steering wheel locked up when my son hit the brakes to avoid the accident.

- Lewisburg, TN, USA

problem #3

Aug 182003

Dakota

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 55 mph with the cruise control set, another vehicle pulled across the highway and the consumer T-boned the other vehicle. The consumer applied the brakes to avoid hitting the other vehicle, but hit it broadside. Upon impact, the airbags failed to deploy. There were no injuries.

- Trempealeau, WI, USA

problem #2

May 122003

(reported on)

Dakota

  • miles
The consumer loss control of the vehicle when the brakes failed at 40 mph. The vehicle hit a tree and none of the airbags deployed.

- Rutland, OH, USA

problem #1

May 122003

(reported on)

Dakota

  • 1,000 miles
When the consumer applied the brakes, the brake pedal traveled to the floor, which caused the consumer to lose control of vehicle and hit a tree. Consequently none of the airbags deployed.

- Rutland, OH, USA

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