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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,650 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Dodge Dakota seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 112006

Dakota 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


The driver and passenger air bags did not deploy when I was involved in a head on collision with another vehicle.

- Richmond Hill, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 182005

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,600 miles
The consumer stated 2003 Dodge Dakota's air bags did not deploy during a crash. The driver was traveling at 30 mph. The driver sustained some cuts, bruises and pulled muscles from the seat belt and hitting the dash. The consumer has not contacted the manufacturer. A police report was taken. This happened on August 18, 2005. The location the consumer says, was on the front right bumper. The consumer did not know if any of the air bag sensors were hit. The dealership has not been contacted. Upon inspection it was determined that he air bag sensors were hit.

- Winchendon, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 132005

Dakota 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
While driving 70 mph with the cruise control engaged, the vehicle started to pull to the right and slid into a guard rail. The consumer lost control of the vehicle and was forced over two lanes. The consumer struck a concrete divider. The consumer was wearing his seat belt, but none of the air bags deployed. The consumer received minor injuries and did not needed to be transported to the local hospital. The dealer and the manufacturer were both notified.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #1

Jul 302004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
While driving on semi wet pavement brakes locked. As result, consumer's vehicle rear ended another vehicle. Upon impact, dual air bags did not deploy. No injuries reported.

- Southaven, MS, USA

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