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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,600 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.

1998 Dodge Ram 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 302005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 198,000 miles


Both front seat belts retractor/lock interchanges buckle assembly broke. This was discovered when trying to buckle up with the seat belts, no incident where this could have occurred. Consumer felt this was defective. Spoke to dealer, who said this was out of warranty, but was told some time ago said safety features were covered. Has not contacted manufacturer at this time.

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 162003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • miles
Both seat belts will not unlock. This problem started about five months ago. Dealer cannot determine the cause of the problem.

- Milford, NH, USA

problem #3

Jul 262002

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear seat belt will not stay locked. It would be hard to keep child seat locked in properly. Dealer notified. Consumer stated that the rear right side seat belt came apart into pieces allowing strap to not retain baby seat.

- Dryden, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 282001

Ram 1500

  • miles
Consumer's vehicle was hit the rear by another vehicle which spun consumer's vehicle out of control, hitting a concrete wall. Consumer stated seat belts did not lock, and air bags didnot deploy, resulting in injuries.

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 101999

Ram 1500

  • miles
Passenger seat belt buckle is broken and cracked.

- Harker Height, TX, USA

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