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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
21 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
26 / 1
Average Mileage:
22,039 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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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 19 of 19)

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problem #10

Feb 072013

Ram 1500

  • 180,000 miles


The 2003 Dodge Ram was struck on the front right side near the front tire by another vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The Ram was spun around and struck the other vehicle again on the back right side on the truck bed. The airbags in the Ram did not deploy causing serious injuries to both the driver and the passenger. The truck had been struck so hard that the axle and tire were broken completely off of the vehicle, but the airbags did not deploy. The airbags had never been deployed before and her vehicle had never been in a crash before.

- Jacksonville, AR, USA

problem #9

Jun 012006

Ram 1500

  • 60,000 miles
Dash board cracked which has caused very sharp edges and exposes the airbag.

- Petersburg, WV, USA

problem #8

Mar 212012

Ram 1500

  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact was driving 55 mph when he crashed into a semi-automatic truck. None of the air bags deployed and the contact sustained chest injuries as a result of impacting the steering wheel. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an auto body shop. The police were contacted and a report was filed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- Dinuba, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 232011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


The contact owned a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph when another vehicle ran a stop sign, which caused the consumer to T-bone the other vehicle. The contact stated the air bags did not deploy and he sustained injuries to the back, but was not transported to the hospital. A police report was filed and the vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileage was 160,000. Updated 05/24/11 updated 06/06/11

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #6

Nov 242009

Ram 1500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving between 45-50 mph another vehicle crashed into the passenger side of her vehicle. None of the air bags deployed, nor did the seat belt system secure the occupants. She received moderate injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a collision center. The failure and current mileages were unknown.

- Easley , SC, USA

problem #5

Jun 232009

Ram 1500

  • 70,000 miles
Dash is cracking and apparently this is a common problem, the underneath support is plastic also and known to fail and collapse, I am concerned if my airbag deployed there would be shards of glass sent into the passengers eyes or worse it would be cut by the sharp plastic pieces and not deploy in an accident at all, this vehicle is garaged and a dash protector used and this issue is all over the internet, I feel Dodge should issue a recall on these faulty plastic dashes.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #4

May 162007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


1. unintended (sudden) acceleration; 2 feet on the brakes* brakes worked, have pictures-1/2 inches into pavement. Filed report with police. 2. air bag did not deploy- hit hydro pole, 55 km/hr, speed limit is 60 km/hr.

- Lasalle, 00, USA

problem #3

May 212005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Two vehicle crash, while going 30 mph consumer's vehicle hit the side of a truck with front end. No air bags deployed. The truck as a problem was totaled, and did not know why the air bags did not deploy. No recall notice was sent to consumer.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #2

Jun 042004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
While driving at 72 mph with out any warning, the consumer heard a little noise coming from the front and suddenly lost the control of the vehicle, as a result the vehicle rolled over twice. The vehicle landed upside down and the airbag did not deploy. The driver sustained minor neck and back injuries. The all family was transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital. The police report indicated the axle separated from the wheel.

- Elko, NV, USA

problem #1

Aug 172003

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving at 40 mph vehicle was involved in a head on collision and air bags did not deploy.

- Greer, SC, USA

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