Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2002 has the well-known and documented problem with their dashboards falling to pieces, but it also has engine failure from oil sludge. That's a doube shot of awful in your morning coffee.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,000 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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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 092005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


The driver's side seat belt retractor continued to fail. The parts were repaired/replaced three times, however the problem recurred. Both seat bet retractors were replaced, however problem still exist. Right rear door lock inoperative. Rattle sound over bumps. Right front sway bar link replaced. The steering wheel has been oscillating almost takes the wheel out of this hands. Dealer found ice in wheels/cleaned wheels. However vibration re-ocurred.

- Niagara, WI, USA

problem #2

Nov 022003

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
I was in a car acccident on the freeway we were at a stop in the slow lane and we got hit from behind by a drunk driver at full speed I was wearing my seatbelt but the seltbelt did not lock letting my face hit the windsheild I didnt break my nose but I had to have strutches my truck is totalled.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 042002

Ram 1500 4WD

  • miles
Inertia reel of left rear seat belt in vehicle defective upon first use; remaining seat belt retractor movement appears "sluggish"; dealer ordered part ; owner still awaiting repair.

- Trevor, WI, USA

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