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CarComplaints.com Notes: The first year of the new Dodge Dart had a rough start, with owners reporting a disproportionate number of engine and transmission problems.

For transmission, the main complaints are transmission failure & rough shifting. So far, average mileage for transmission failure is 25,000 miles. Not good.

For engine problems, it usually starts with the engine light coming on for any number of reasons: bad sensors, ignition coil replacement, bad wiring, faulty gas cap ... dealers are replacing various components with varying degrees of success, or telling owners they can't duplicate the issue.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
18 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,821 miles

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2013 Dodge Dart seat belts / air bags problems

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2013 Dodge Dart Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Nov 052016

Dart

  • 70,000 miles

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

Air bags did not deploy during crash when vehicle went off the road and struck an embankment. Result of crash, the car was totaled and driver suffered laceration on head and broken back.

- Leetonia, OH, USA

problem #34

Mar 022015

Dart

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While the vehicle was stationary, the air bag indicator illuminated. In addition, the air conditioner compressor switch fractured on the vehicle. It was diagnosed that the transmission control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #33

Aug 012016

Dart

  • 33,000 miles
The airbag light comes on anytime the outdoor temperature is above around 85 degrees. The Dodge dealership says nothing is wrong, but the light still comes on. My car was in the shop multiple times for issues with the electrical system. The battery has been replaced 2-3 times since 2013. Interior lights sometimes flicker. The navigation system resets itself randomly and now it can't "find" the maps. They are just gone somehow. The sd card slot works sometimes and not others, same with the backup camera. Dodge has been completely unable to fix these.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #32

Jul 252016

Dart

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V800000 (air bags) however, the parts to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Nevarre, FL, USA

problem #31

Jul 162016

Dart

  • 90,000 miles
I'm sending this complaint because I was involved in an auto accident where I was going 70 mph and upon impact the air bag never deployed and I was hit I'm my chest by the steering wheel I thought that was the purpose of airbags. The vehicle was in motion on the highway

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #30

May 182016

Dart

  • 55,000 miles
I have only hade my Dart for 1 year with 55K on it.... in that time it has hade 25K in dealership repairs... I have replaced all 4 coil packs, spark plugs, and fule injectures on my own dime... the ebreak has bin replaced once and again it is not working again. The air bag like came on and no one can sit in the pass seat because the seat belt bucky wont read its connected N beeps all the time.. the low oil pressure light comes on and off.. it has a knock, and tick at idol but goes away after 3K RPM. I have hade nothing but problems with this car and I am stuck with it for 5 more years... this is by far the biggest waste of money I have ever hade

- Flemington, WV, USA

problem #29

Jun 232016

Dart

  • 56,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving approximately 50 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond without warning. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact also stated that the seat belt failed to retract. The front seat passenger's face struck the dashboard and the driver's face struck the steering wheel; however, medical attention was not needed. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 56,000.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #28

Jun 012016

Dart 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact stated that the air bag warning and seat belt warning indicators illuminated. Additionally, the seat belt chime sounded while there was a passenger in the seat with the seat belt connected. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 23,000. Updated 08/02/16 updated 08/10/16.

- Eastlake, OH, USA

problem #27

Apr 042016

Dart

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving and making a left turn the brake pedal failed when it was depressed. The contact crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence and later towed to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V800000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #26

Jul 312013

Dart

  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to eventually restart the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the key fob and the ignition needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure persisted. In addition, while driving 45 mph, the contact noticed a burning odor coming from the vehicle. Upon inspection, the contact noticed that the front passenger side dashboard and wiring harness in the glove box were on fire. The contact independently extinguished the fire. No injuries were sustained. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the wiring harness, carpet, and dashboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact also stated that while driving 30 mph and approaching a stop light, the contact attempted to depress the brake pedal, but the brake pedal failed to depress. As a result, the vehicle failed to stop. The contact applied the emergency brake but the vehicle veered and crashed into a guardrail. The air bags failed to deploy. The brake warning light illuminated. The contact sustained face injuries that did not require medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed from the crash scene to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V800000 (service brakes, hydraulic); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The failure mileage was 28,000.

- Edgewood, MD, USA

problem #25

Apr 302016

Dart

  • 59,860 miles

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

I have tooken the car multiple times to the dealership for the same exact reason and its always the passenger side seat air bag the airbag was replaced along with the harnesses less then a year ago and now I have a aur bag light again. Before that the air bag light would turn on as well and they would reset the system from what they tiold me and months later again with airbag light. This is a safetly issue and I cannot be driving this car like this. Everytime the light would turn on it would be while driving just randomly

- Sunnyside, WA, USA

problem #24

Mar 052016

Dart

  • 82,000 miles
The contact owned a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving approximately 25 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The brake pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to stop and crashed into a creek. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V800000 (service brakes, hydraulic); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The failure mileage was approximately 82,000. Updated 05/11/16

- Coosada, AL, USA

problem #23

Mar 202016

Dart

  • 50,530 miles
The car was in a bad accident 20 March 2016. The passenger seatbelt did not tighten and no airbags deployed possibly contributing to severe neck injury. This vehicle was traveling about 35 mph when a vehicle next to it traveling the same speed decided to make a U-turn in front of it on a city one-way road. Please investigate this asap before the car is dispositioned by the insurance.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #22

Nov 172014

Dart

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 15V675000 (electronic stability control, service brakes, hydraulic). The parts needed were unavailable to perform the recall repairs. The contact also stated that the ABS and SRS warning indicators illuminated. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The failure mileage was unknown. Parts distribution disconnect.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #21

Jan 172016

Dart

  • miles
I was driving my car in the left lane, I switched lanes due to traffic and I saw amother car stopped to make a left turn from the right lane. I hit the brakes hard and the car kept going. I hit the car in front of me causing severe damage to the front of my car. The airbags did not deploy as well. When I hot the brakes theanti lock brakes pulsed once but the car kept going forward. The car didn't skid or slide. It was like nothing happened at all. My kids were in the car and they were scared and shook up. I have been working on cars most of my life and to feel the car do this was very strange to me.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #20

Feb 072016

Dart

  • 24,723 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While accelerating from a stop sign at 10 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The dashboard, radio, and other electrical functions failed. The contact attempted to steer the vehicle, but crashed into a parked vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to a tow yard and later to a body shop for repair. The vehicle was not destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 24,723.

- Broomfield, CO, USA

problem #19

Apr 152014

Dart

  • 8,000 miles
Takata recall the air bag light on my dashboard lights up continuously. I have taken it back to the dealer on 4 separate occasions. On each occasion they tell me its fixed (don't know how) with approximately 1 hr to 1 day the light is back on. I believe the dealer (kelly cars) in moon twp. Pa is not doing a thing.

- Freedom, PA, USA

problem #18

Jan 042016

Dart

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. On one occasion, the contact struck a pole, drove into a ditch, and landed on top of an electrical box. Major damage was sustained to the front end of the vehicle; however, the air bags failed to deploy. The police arrived at the scene, but a report was not filed. The contact sustained injuries to the right of the head and the right elbow, but did not require medical attention. The vehicle was able to be driven from the scene. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V800000 (service brakes, hydraulic) after the failure occurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- St. Helena Island, SC, USA

problem #17

Dec 282015

Dart

  • 50,000 miles
Left car at dealership for recalls (South point Dodge dealership in tulsa, ok to had car fixed for transmission recall. Advised service manager that I had looked up vehicle on the internet and saw it had 3 major recalls one for the transmission module and the other concerning the airbags which I expressed great concern with and I asked him to please go ahead and take care of it now since he already has the vecicle there. He told me he would fix all the recalls. We assumed they were done. It wasn't until my sons accident that we learned they didnt fix the airbags. On 12.28.2015 my son was in a accident because of ice on highway and the airbags did not deploy. This is unacceptable. He could of been badly injured or even killed. Luckily he only has a concussion. I am attaching a picture for you to look at. Also I was told by the state trooper that there is a video of the accident because it happened right in front of their toll booth with cameras. The Oklahoma turnpike authorities should have the video. Here is a picture that the auto body took showing that the airbags didn't not deploy. You can also see that the rebar of the car's frame is pushed all the way up to the motor. Please look into this matter so no one else gets hurt or killed as it could of been my son that day.

- Sapulpa, OK, USA

problem #16

Sep 152015

Dart

  • 36,000 miles
While driving and attempting to come to a stop by pressing the break, the break out of nowhere became very difficult to press down and the car was difficult to stop. I was coming off the highway approaching a light. After I was able to press it down it let off a hissing noise. I took it in and was told it was the break booster that needed to be replaced. No one was able to inform me what caused it. I have never had any trouble prior to, no accidents and I am consistent with service. It is clear this is a manufacturing problem and a recall is in order. I do understand this is not the first or only complaint for the very same issue. This could result in death. Also their seems to be a problem with my airbag system and tire light as they have been triggered on their own and will not go off.

- Jackson, MS, USA

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