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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
35 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
22 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,923 miles

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1998 Dodge Neon seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Dodge Neon Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

Oct 072005

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 153,000 miles

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

The contact's daughter was involved in a car accident on October 7, 2005. Upon impact, the front air bags did not deploy. This was front end collision. Has not contacted the manufacturer at this point.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #38

Aug 062003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
Vehicle involved in a semi-frontal impact at approximately45-50 mph. Complete front end (mostly passenger side)mangled. Neither airbag deployed.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #37

Jul 052003

Neon

  • miles
Consumer states that front air bags deployed without warning. Dealer notified.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #36

Nov 022002

Neon

  • miles

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

Consumer states that when hit at 30mph in the front center of the vehicle the air bag did not deploy causing minor injuries to the consumer. Dealer notified

- Oxford, MA, USA

problem #35

Mar 042002

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Frontal collision at 15-20 mph, and neither airbag deployed. Consumer suffered whiplash. Damage to vehicle was $ $4000.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #34

Jan 212002

Neon

  • miles
While driving 35 mph consumer's vehicle T-boned another vehicle and airbags didnot deploy upon impact. Passenger was injured.contacted dealer. Please add VIN.

- Hawesville, KY, USA

problem #33

Mar 212001

Neon

  • miles

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

Driver's and passenger's air bags failed to deploy when vehicle was involved in a frontal collission while consumer's daughter was traveling at approximately 30 mph. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Greentown, IN, USA

problem #32

Dec 282000

Neon

  • miles
Rear ened another car at 25 M.P.H and the driver and passenger side air bags did not deploy. Also the driverside seat belt did not lock thus causing me to hit the steering wheel and a trip to the emergency room!

- Arlington, WA, USA

problem #31

Jan 212001

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling about 40 mph vehicle struck a parked car, and airbags did not deploy. Has not been in any accidents.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #30

Jan 052001

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
Consumer was involved in 30 mph frontal collision in which driver's and passenger's air bags did not deploy, cause unknown.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #29

Nov 232000

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle experienced a head-on collision with another vehicle at 35-40 mph. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy until one minute or more after impact, 3 people sustained injuries due to the accident.

- Saegertown, PA, USA

problem #28

Sep 122000

Neon

  • miles
I was recently in a front offset (passenger side)impact collision in my Dodge Neon, and the passenger air bag did not deploy. My husband was driving and I was the passenger. He had the cruise set at 70 mph when another vehicle turned in front of us. We left 102' of skid marks before the poi and travelled another 22' before the por. I contacted DC about the problem, but I have been brushed off. They have said that they did an investigation, and the rate of deceleration was not met. However, my car has been totaled out by the insurance company, and it looks like a crushed aluminum can on the front passenger side. The windshield is cracked, and I know that we were going at least 30 mph when we hit the other vehicle. The road is a highway that has recently had new blacktop laid, and is very slick. I do not even know if this matter has been investigated. The supposed investigator looked at the car on Sept 19, and the letter that I received regarding that is dated Sept 21. Two days doesn't seem like a long time to me for a thorough investigation into the matter. Especially when the "investigator" could not have looked at the vehicle until late afternoon on the 19th as I was at the salvage yard removing things from my vehicle because it had been totaled by the insurance adjuster for the man who turned in front of us. I am sorry to take up too much of your time. Thank you for your help. Sincerely, jamie easly.

- Soper, OK, USA

problem #27

Aug 242000

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 35mph had a frontal impact with a Subaru legacy, and driver/ passenger airbags did not deploy, and did not protect occupants in this crash. No prior problems with the airbag system.

- Crestwood, IL, USA

problem #26

Sep 052000

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
While driving at 35 mph swerved to avoid hitting a cat consumer struck a tree, and air bags did not deploy. Dealer has been contacted.

- Tomawanda, NY, USA

problem #25

Jun 232000

Neon

  • miles
While driving at 30 mph there was a 4-car accident, and consumer rear ended the 4th car. Bounced off, and the car behind consumer's, hit it at about 40 mph. Then consumer's car hit vehicle in front three times. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Dealer said airbags should have deployed at 20 to 25 mph.

- Janeville, WI, USA

problem #24

Mar 272000

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer noticed that passenger's airbag was trying to come out of cover due to warping, the airbag came out of position. Gear shift can be move out of park without the key in the ignition due to failure of the interlock system. Head gasket failure resulted in oil leakage. Problems with the interior lighting system due to missing door ajar switch bumper. All speakers need replacing due to noise distortion. Possible electrical shortage is causing the steering wheel/column to make noise as well as flashing of the instrument dash lights..

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #23

Oct 101999

Neon

  • miles
While driving at approximately 30 mph vehicle was involved in a head-on collision. Upon impact, dual airbags did not deploy, and shoulder seatbelt did not lock, causing driver to be thrown forward, hitting steering wheel and windshield. Driver sustained head and neck injuries.

- Englewood, TN, USA

problem #22

Oct 101999

Neon

  • miles
While driving at approximately 30 mph vehicle was involved in a head-on collision. Upon impact, dual airbags did not deploy, and shoulder seatbelt did not lock, causing driver to be thrown forward, hitting steering wheel and windshield. Driver sustained head and neck injuries.

- Englewood, TN, USA

problem #21

Jul 301999

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
The owner hit another vehicle braking from about 50mph, and neither driver's side nor passenger's side airbags deployed. Also the passenger's side seatbelt broke at the buckle. Dlr has not seen.

- Galloway, OH, USA

problem #20

Jul 301999

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
The owner hit another vehicle braking from about 50mph, and neither driver's side nor passenger's side airbags deployed. Also the passenger's side seatbelt broke at the buckle. Dlr has not seen.

- Galloway, OH, USA

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