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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,300 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 Durango seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 012016


  • 75,400 miles


I have an air bag warning light on my dash, took it to my mechanic and was told it is a seat belt tensioner he has tried for two weeks to obtain this part and was told there is a nation wide back order on this item. It will take two or more weeks to be shipped. Sounds like it affects a lot of Durangos and was wondering if this should have been a recall?

- Villa Park, CA, USA

problem #7

May 062009


  • miles
I have had 3 wrecks. 2 I hit deer head on the last, my brakes failed steering failed as I skid and I hit a tree in Feb 2013. At no time did my airbags inflate. I wore my seat belt on all 3 occasions not injured except lower back pain every once in a while.

- Angola, LA, USA

problem #6

Jun 032013

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
2003 Dodge Durango. Consumer writes in regards to air bag recall notice concerns. The dealer replaced the air bag control module at a cost of $519.77.

- Aquebogue, NY, USA

problem #5

Feb 132013


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph when he swerved in an attempted to avoid a crash. The contact traveled over a patch of ice and the vehicle began sliding, causing the contact to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle then flipped over twice before landing on the roof with the wheels in the air. All of the air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained severe injuries to the neck, shoulder, back and left knee. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was completely destroyed and towed to a savage facility. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Dunellen, NJ, USA

problem #4

Aug 182012

Durango 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
After coming to a stop, I put my vehicle in park. While exiting, the engine started revving causing it to jump out of gear. This resulted in a crash into an apartment that could have turned out much worst.

- Opelika, AL, USA

problem #3

Dec 222008


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Durango. While driving 55 mph he crashed into a deer. The front-end of the vehicle was damaged, but none of the airbags deployed. As a consequence he sustained injuries to the back and neck. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and a technician concluded that the air bags did not deploy due to the vehicle decelerating in a improper manner. The failure mileage was 112000. The current mileage was 140000.

- Waterford, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 082004


  • miles
Vehicle swerved to avoid a disable car in the middle lane, spun in a full circle and the air bag had no front sensors to deploy the bag. The consumer stated she paid additional money to have side air bags on the vehicle, however upon examining the vehicle, it was discovered there were no side air bags, the technician also found there were no front sensors in the vehicle to deploy the air bags.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 082004

Durango 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The front and side curtin airbags failed to deploy in a accident on 8/8/04 I was the passenger in a 2003 Dodge Durango R/T in los angeles, California at about 6 pm. The driver diverted the car from a rear end culision with a disabled out that was stopped in the #2 lane 0F the 101 East when the driver avoided hit the car. The Durango went in to a circul servied to the rightt missing the stoped car, then at a rate of speed apx. 60 to 65 mph our Durango collided with the center divider on the East bound 101 freeway head on with impact that caused major frame damage to the SUV and sending us in to on comming traffic. The SUV at that point came to stop on the right shoulder of the East 101without having hit anyother cars. Pon the SUV be towed into the auto body shop, cynthia cohan and I reliazed along with the body shop owner that the frontal air bag didn't deploy nor did the side air bag curtin.

- Silver Strand Beach, CA, USA

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