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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,500 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.

2012 Dodge Durango electrical problems

electrical problem

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2012 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 152016


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. While driving 55 mph, the battery warning light illuminated and a whining sound was heard. In addition, while parked, an odor of burnt wires was noticed in the vehicle. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the alternator failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 58,000.

- Gratis, OH, USA

problem #1

Nov 012014


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The engine failed to restart and the vehicle was towed to the dealer where the alternator was replaced. The failure recurred the same day the repair was performed. An additional repair was performed and the dealer replaced the alternator connector. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V634000 (electrical system) however, the part needed was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Fallbrook, CA, USA

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