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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,224 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #24

May 242004

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

Another vehicle turned in front of consumer's vehicle and it was T-boned by consumer's vehicle which was traveling 45-50 mph. Upon impact, air bags failed to deploy. Driver sustained some soft tissue injuries to the back.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #23

May 132004

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • 110,000 miles
Air bag warning light came on while driving, rendering the air bags inoperative, per the dealership.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #22

Mar 162004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
Total loss on 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up. ABS did not work. Wheels locked, and skidded. Left road. Entire front end, right side, center and leftside, were destroyed. Air bags did not deploy. Photographs available, inside and outside of vehicle.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #21

Sep 112003

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

I was driving my 1998 Dodge Ram quad cab pickup truck. I had an accident where I hit one retaining wall with the front corner of the truck, sending me into a 360 degree spin, hit a second retaining wall head on and went into a second spin. Luckily my seat belt saved me because the air bag never deployed. My insurance company total the vehicle because of the significant damage. I have injured my head, neck and back because of not having the air bag to save me.

- Duncanville, TX, USA

problem #20

Mar 012003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The Dodge trucks have a serious defect in their horn system. Improper packing of the driver-side air bags renders the horn inoperable. I purchased my 1998 Dodge 1500 new in 1998. I have never been able to get the horn to work. Dodge dealer in Washington said it needed repacked but I was leaving for Texas and time was not available to wait for the parts. Upon arrival at beaumont, Texas I took the truck to mike smith autoplex Dodge. The service representative could not blow the horn and said she would order a repack and call me when it came in. Two months later I found out from her that the manager canceled it and refused to fix the horn under the warranty. Every year I wire a micky mouse rig on the column wired directly to the horn to pass inspections. Recently had service at mike smith and the same service manager said the horn needed repacked, said crysler had problems with the horns and did not know why the manager had refused to fix it. I have been driving this unsafe truck since 1998 and had many close calls and never able to use the horn to warn vehicles and pedestrians of danger. The manager that refused to fix it admitted that Dodge had trouble with the horns on these trucks. After fooling with it for a while he did get it to blow, only time anyone has been able to blow the horn and it took him two hands and a lot of pressure. These trucks are dangerous.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #19

Feb 042003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision, were the airbags didn't deploy. Which resulted in driver being injured.

- Hinkley, UT, USA

problem #18

Nov 202002

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

Consumer called complaining about having problems with the air bags deployment. Also stated that while driving the vehicle at 55 mph.the vehicle was involved on a collision where the vehicle was a total lost and the air bags did not deployed. Dealer was contacted and vehicle is due to be on the shop today.ph

- Muncie, IN, USA

problem #17

May 012002

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving, consumer hit a deer and lost control, the vehicle ended up rolling over 3 times, the air bags never experienced deployment, consumer was injured.

- Mountain View, AR, USA

problem #16

Nov 152001

Ram 1500

  • miles
NHTSA# 01 V 153 000 & mfr# 982: Consumer states that the air bag light would come on/off intermittently. Dealer and the manufacturer where notified. Feel free to provide any fruther infomation. Nlm

- Cross Plains, TN, USA

problem #15

Mar 182002

Ram 1500

  • miles
I had to replace the steering column and cockspring at 62237 miles in Oct 2000. My first indication something was wrong was drifting at speed and a grinding noise from the steering column. My choice the first time according to the Dodge dealer was to let it go and risk complete failure of the steering or replace it. I replaced it. Now 17 months later in Mar 2002 the grinding has returned. While I face the prospect of replacing the steering once again it is not normal for frequent wear and tear of a steering system. I purchased the vehicle in SC, but have since moved to Utah. I do not use the vehicle for off-road recreation or for heavy loads. I have only used the vehicle on 3 occasions for towing. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

- Roy, UT, USA

problem #14

Jul 012001

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

ABS light stays illuminated when driving. Dealer has replaced clockspring. Please provide additional information.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #13

Jan 032002

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Air bag light remains illuminated, indicating a malfunction within system. Dealer determined that problem is occurring due to clock spring.

- Millcreek, WA, USA

problem #12

Sep 012001

Ram 1500

  • miles
Horn will sound intermittently during the night when engine is not running. Dealership has not examined vehicle, but informed consumer that vehicle was not affected by recall 01V153000. Please provide any additional information / attachments.

- Waterford, CT, USA

problem #11

Jul 052001

Ram 1500

  • miles
The consumer was involved in a frontal vehicle collision in which the front end of the vehicle sustain extensive damage, neither driver nor passenger air bags deployed and as a result two occupants sustain injuries. Nlm

- Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #10

Jun 012001

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Airbag light comes on and off intermittently. Dealership was aware of problem. When he turned left signal light windshield wipers came on and off. The defective clock spring replaced at dealer at owners cost.

- Georgetown, DE, USA

problem #9

Jul 112001

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was set on cruise control going 70 mph. Vehicle slowed down, and ABS lights/ air bag light/ speedometer went to zero/ gas gauge went to empty, and tank was full. Consumer took it into dealer, and clockspring needed to be replaced. Dealer has not stated if it will be covered.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #8

Jan 012000

Ram 1500

  • miles
Air bag warning light and alarm sounds. Returnde truck to moss motors (Dodge dealer in riverside) they reset the alarm and light but did not have an answer sa to what was wrong. The warning light and alarm returned the following day. They charged me $50 to reset the alarm" with no fix! now what. Shouldn't the dealer fix safty items at no charge!!!! please return an answer via E-mail thank you L.w. baker"

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #7

May 172000

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Air bag failed and replaced, during repair dealership damaged vehicle.

- Oak Harbor, WA, USA

problem #6

Oct 221999

Ram 1500

  • miles
I was involved in a collision with my Dodge Ram pickup. A man turned in front of me and the front of my truck hit the side of his car. No airbags deployed, and I was moving at a good rate of speed (35-40 mph). I did contact Dodge, but they are sitting on their hands, and are not sending out an investigation team to find out why the airbags didn't deploy. I would like for NHTSA to conduct an investigation of their own. The truck hasn't been worked on, but the insurance company is antsy to get the truck fixed, since I am in a rental vehicle. Is there any way of having the NHTSA come out and do an investigation in a timely matter (within a week (by 11/10))?

- St. Charles, IL, USA

problem #5

Mar 111999

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Recall repair work on the air bag module and cover completed, however cover is loose which could cause damage to the module.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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