Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: When the 3rd-generation Durango was introduced in 2011 owners almost immediately started having a wide range of issues -- from water pump failure to stalling engines. Turns out the TIPM is to blame and those problems carried into the 2012 model year.

TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Modules) is responsible for controlling and distributing power to all the vehicle’s electrical functions. So when the TIPM starts acting up, so do all sorts of problems in the vehicle.

The problems have been so bad -- and replacement parts became so hard to find -- that a class-action lawsuit was filed against Chrysler focusing on the 2011-2012 Durango. The lawsuit accuses the automaker of ignorning the problem until it spiraled out of control.


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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,520 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.

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2012 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #15

Apr 012016


  • 63,000 miles


My 2012 Dodge Durango purchased brand new has been having major electrical issues since the motor was power washed at covert Dodge dealership in North austin. They had an inexperienced car washer clean up the oil that was on the motor from a hose change. He used a very high pressure, pressure washer and it shorted the electronics causing the vehicle to shut down unexpectedly with no warning. This has happened multiple times within the last 6 months. I have had the car at 3 different Dodge dealers trying to resolve the issue. On 9/22/2016 the battery light came on while going 75 on the highway. I smelled a strong odor of electrical burning and all the lights on the dash board came on, the blind spot alert system was stating it was inoperable, the ac stopped working, the seat belt light and buzzer stated to go off even though my belt was fastened and then the Durango just shut off, right in the middle of the toll road highway stranding me in the middle lane. The hazard lights did not even work. I put the car in park to try to restart it but it was totally dead, nothing worked and the car was stuck in park! I could not put the vehicle in neutral to move it out of the highway, several cars did not realize I was stopped and locked up their brakes nearly missing me. I was so afraid someone was going to run right into the back of me and the car. Major safety issue. I called the mopar warranty road side assistance and 1 hours later I was able to get the car off the 102 degree highway. As a result of all of these issues, which seem to have started when covert Dodge power washed the engine bay, I am no longer confident the vehicle can be trusted and be reliable not to mention the safety factor. As you can tell from the vehicle history, I feel I have been patient and cooperative in allowing Chrysler and the dealerships to find a resolution.

- Liberty Hill, TX, USA

problem #14

Sep 012013


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. While driving 50 mph, the transmission independently shifted into first gear and the vehicle decelerated to 20 mph. The contact stated that the failure occurred intermittently approximately four times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for diagnostic testing; however, the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #13

Nov 252013


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. While the vehicle was idling at a traffic light, there was a delay in acceleration without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V115000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Marmora , NJ, USA

problem #12

Mar 152015

Durango 8-cyl

  • 49,958 miles


Driving normally for about an hour. Made 10 minute stop. Came out and car would not fire. Cranked for 20 seconds twice and nothing. Waited 5 minutes and it started. Went to pull out into traffic and it stalled. Cranked again, nothing. Then started. It happened again 2 days later. Took to dealer and they said it was a faulty tipm and not covered by warranty.

- Mechanicville, NY, USA

problem #11

Feb 052015


  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 29 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate past 29 mph. In addition, the passenger side turn signal and the driver side tail light intermittently operated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the failure was due to cold weather and no repairs were needed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 22,000.

- Liverpool , NJ, USA

problem #10

Jan 092015


  • 72,530 miles
I brought my vehicle in for a problem with the tires or brakes and they found a leak. At first they quoted me on the transmission cooler and all of the hoses. It was around $1,100. My husband brought it back and come to find out it was only leaking from the actual cooler and the hoses did not need to be changed. It is leaking where the tube is saudered to the end cap on the transmission cooler. Shouldn't this be a manufacture defect and not cost me over $900" the car is only 2 years old. I am over the 36,000 mile mark but the car is only 2 years old and that should not have happened. Shouldn't Dodge cover for this repair or it even be a recall since it's from a defect and not any thing that has happened while I was driving"

- Abbeville, LA, USA

problem #9

Dec 222014


  • 36,270 miles


I currently purchased a 2012 Dodge Durango with the V-6 engine. I noticed a similar issue when starting out, at about 22 mph to 27mph it feels like there is a power drop-off if accelerating normal. If you accelerate faster the drop-off is not present but a speeding ticket maybe coming. Current mileage 36,275.

- Swedesboro, NJ, USA

problem #8

Aug 142014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 49,829 miles
Vehicle starts then stalls out, or just cranks and cranks, and won't start. Happened a few times at stop lights after short drive. Was able to finally get started to drive to dealer, was told I could either replace the tipm for over $1000, or do a fuel relay bypass to the existing tipm for a little over $550. Same exact problem all the recalled Durango/Grand Cherokee have, yet the 2012's haven't been recalled" why" vehicle left us stranded multiple times in fl heat with infant in car.

- Groveland, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 212014

Durango 8-cyl

  • 54,375 miles
I have a 2012 Dodge durange rt. When parked at a gas station, tried to turn engine on with push start switch and engine does not start. When pushing start switch again it makes the sound like the engine is trying to turn over but does nothing. In order to get the engine to stop from making the turn over noise I have to move from park to in gear. Then I receive the "ignition or accessory on" message. In order to get the message clear I have to turn off vehicle without pressing the brake. This puts the engine into the off mode and I have to start the process to get the car to start all over again. This has happened multiple occasions and I have video to show the defect. I have done research and read this issue with many people saying it is the tipm defect. Also, when using my right blinker instead of the front blinker working my fog lights flash. For the vehicle to not start or stall is a big safety concern and liability.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 202014


  • 38,500 miles
After backing out of parking space put vehicle in drive. Upon placing my foot on accelerator I noted that vehicle barely moved. Looked to see if vehicle was in drive. Display read 4. attempted several times to put vehicle in drive without success. Had to put vehicle in park, turn engine off and the restart. This was the first time this has occurred. Vehicle at dealer now. This incident occurred 1 day after I noted vehicle was not shifting into gear when placed in drive or reverse. Would have to wait, after moving gearshift, before transmission would actually shift to drive or reverse. At one point I placed foot on accelerator when transmission had not shifted and vehicle lurched backwards.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #5

Jun 072013

Durango 8-cyl

  • 10,388 miles


I have had an intermittent transmission/electronic malfunction. After starting the vehicle and moving the shift lever from "P" (park) to "D" (drive) the numeral "4" is displayed in the evic (electronic vehicle information center) where one would expect to see the letter "D". at this point when the accelerator is pushed the vehicle moves forward but with a distinct lack of power. When moving the shift lever to the left -- the ers (electronic range select) function of the shift lever in non-functioning -- the vehicle stays in 4th gear and the numeral in the evic window is still "4". the vehicle is "stuck" in 4th gear. The only way to return the vehicle to "normal" function is to turn it off and restart the engine. Upon restart the problem has never repeated itself. The incident has happened numerous times and has been documented (video using an iphone) on 4 separate occasions. I have taken the vehicle to the service department of the dealer where I purchased it several times, and on each occasion different "fixes" have been attempted. The "malfunction" happened again on April 9th, 2014, the most recent occurrence.

- Slc, UT, USA

problem #4

Jul 012012


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving 23 mph, the vehicle failed to shift gears and accelerate. The failure recurred frequently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they were unable to determine the cause of the failure. The failure was reported to the manufacturer. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 100. The current mileage was 14,000.

- El Paso , TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 202012

Durango 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
When driving the vehicle during the first snow storm of the season when I reached my destination I was unable to shift the vehicle into park or reverse. The only thing I could do is drive or neutral. After taking the vehicle to the dealership I was told that snow had gotten lodged in the drive shaft therefore not allowing the car to be shifted. Chrysler told me that this probably wouldn't happen again and that it was because we had heavy wet snow. This is Wisconsin!!! we get snow all of the time. They stated that there is nothing that they can do to make sure it does not happen again. I am glad that I was not in a position where I needed to reverse the vehicle or I would have been stuck 55 miles from home in a snow storm!

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #2

Sep 262012

Durango 6-cyl

  • 8,950 miles
Pulled out into traffic and vehicle went into "limp mode". was able to slowly move to the side of the road but almost got hit. This is not the first time this vehicle has done this. This is the third time it has been in the shop for this problem.

- Malvern, AR, USA

problem #1

Dec 162011

Durango 8-cyl

  • 900 miles
Brand new vehicle lease. At dealership when vehicle was put in gear engine stalled 4 times. Salesman entered vehicle and accelerated engine then put in gear and vehicle continued to run and stated vehicle was ok. About 30 miles away when coming to a stop because of traffic vehicle stalled in the middle of a busy 50mph intersection and was almost struck by a oncoming tractor trailer. After locking up his brakes an accident was just barely avoided. It took 4 tries to get the Durango to move again without shutting off. Vehicle is at the dealer now and they do not know as of yet what the problem is and refuse to give me a different vehicle. My family could have been killed.

- Southfield, MI, USA

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