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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
20,667 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.

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan accessories - interior problems

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1998 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 042007

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. The vehicle was involved in a rear end collision and crashed into the vehicle in front of her at 5 mph. The air bag failed to deploy and the seat came off track during the crash. Due to the seat position, the contact could not depress the brake pedal or control the steering. The current and failure mileages were 124,000.

- Cocolalla, ID, USA

problem #5

Jan 102002

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Drivers seat, top back moves back while driving. Would have to stop to adjust seat constantly. Vehicle not taken to a dealership yet.

- West Boilston, MA, USA

problem #4

Jan 042000

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
A 200 lb 80 year old man was sitting in the passenger seat of his van. When he and his wife was rear-ended in a 25-30 mph impact by a 85 Nissan pickup. The impact caused the passenger seat to fall backwards and the man broke his neck, he passed away a few days later. Seeing how this is a fairly new vehicle, it does not seem right that the seat broke under such a relatively minor impact. Who would I need to contact to initiate a manufacturing defect claim to help cover the mountain of medical bills resulting from this a incident?

- Unk, UN, USA

problem #3

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Driver seat is uncomfortable for long drives.

- Lake Arrow, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 121999

(reported on)

Grand Caravan

  • miles
The seat directly behind the drivers has seatbelt receivers that are flush with the seat. This is a problem if you place a child's safety seat on that bench and hook it in because any child that enters the car and tries to hook their seatbelt in, could unhook the child safety seat. They can unhook it simply by putting a toy down next to them or even if the child in the safety seat should drop a toy it could unhook the latch. This has happened to me more times than I can count. One time as I was turning the corner my sons seat flipped completely over and landed next to the bench (between the bench and the door). You can imagine how angry I was. I have tried to go to Dodge and I have called the ntsb as well as the national carseat safety bureau, but I have no answers yet. I have written to Dodge, but have yet to hear from them. To keep my son safe and alive I have had to remove the middle bench and move the rear seat forward, as it has belt latches that are more difficult to unhook( they are longer) and have remained latched. Do you have any suggestions for me in getting in touch with someone who can help? or to make sure someone in safeety and design at Dodge will know how potentially dangerous those hooks are. Thank you for taking the time to hear me and offer suggestions. Sincerely, lisa rambo

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 261999

Grand Caravan

  • miles
Driver's seat tracks and anchors are defective. Drove, stopped and rear ended, seat went forward, came back and was broken. Dealer contacted, and was unaware of the problem. Also, passenger's seat was bent/ middle passenger's seat brokenand will not lift up. Problems still exists. Provide further information.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

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