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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,379 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

problem #13

Jan 282004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 174,000 miles

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

Seat belt began to refuse to come out of it's rolled-up, unused position, until it completely quit coming out. Buzzer quit sounding, but red seat belt alert that seat belt is not in use remains on. This is the driver side seat belt.

- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA

problem #12

Nov 222004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,922 miles
Seat belt failure in 1998 Dodge Ram--only 13000 miles, never in an accident. I got in vehicle one day, and seat belt was locked in retracted position--can not free. Curiously enough, passenger seatbelt would also not unreel for anyone else to use. Simultaneous failure of both seatbelts? I have never owned a vehicle where even on has done more that be a little slow on the uptake, but for both to fail overnight leads me to believe there may be a design flaw.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #11

Aug 152002

(reported on)

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver's side seat belt performs erratically, not being able to extend from holster around driver or may tighten while being worn.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #10

Mar 152001

Ram 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles

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

Both front seat belts have failed to retract when exiting the truck. This has cause them to get caught in the door latch when the door was closed. Both belts have been cut and severely damaged.

- Wyandotte, OK, USA

problem #9

Nov 202000

Ram 1500

  • miles
Driver/passenger seat belts would lock up when pulled out to be used. It would fail to release from retractor. Took vehicle to dealership and was informed by mechanic that seat belts need to be replaced.

- Honokaa, HI, USA

problem #8

Dec 182000

Ram 1500

  • miles
Both front seat belts will not operate, belts are stuck in retractors, leaving both occupants without any restraints if vehicle became involved in a crash. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that vehicle was out of its warranty, and nothing would be done. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Boise, OH, USA

problem #7

May 231999

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision where it flipped over five times. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy, and restraints did not retract, resulting in minor injuries and ejection from vehicle. Manufacturer will be notified.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #6

May 051998

Ram 1500

  • miles
The passenger's or driver's side seat belt does not retract. Also, you almost have to punch the horn pad to get it to work. The dealership was not able to correct the problem with the seat belt or the horn. Owner has 2 other trucks with the same problems. Please list VIN #S for other 2 trucks.

- Whitewater, WI, USA

problem #5

Mar 181999

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving at 35 mph consumer rear ended another vehicle when applying brakes, and they failed to stop vehicle, causin consumer to rear end the vehicle in front. Driver's side/passenger's side air bags didn't deploy. Also, driver's side seat belt didn't hold consumer from boucing onto the steering wheel.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 051998

Ram 1500

  • miles
Had cruise control on at 60mph. Road wet/slick. Vehicle started hydroplaning. Made funny noises. Lost traction. Spun around & front end hit guard rail. Air bags did not deploy. Driver has bruises from seat belt. Passenger not restrained. Hit windshield. Emergency room treatment.

- Greenville, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 281998

Ram 1500

  • miles

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

Retractors on seat belts failed.

- Wood River, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 011998

Ram 1500 Diesel

  • miles
Driver's seat belt failed to retract.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 011998

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The defective driver's and passenger's seatbelts will not come out in order to use the seatbelt system. It will not protect the occupant in event of an accident. Been to dealer 3 times. Dealer cannot determine problem. Cause unknown. Consumer states that seatbelts will not extract from lock up in seats at all when vehicle is started, the only way to unlock is to restart the engine.

- Niagra Fall, NY, USA

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