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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
31 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
39 / 1
Average Mileage:
21,144 miles

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 15 of 15)

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problem #18

Feb 052014

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 179,000 miles


Oncoming vehicle lost control came across 4 lanes to hit front of truck. Dodge is totaled but air bags did not deploy. I contacted Dodge to have them check them out and was told, first a special task force would come check the airbags and we would be compensated, then later was told due to the age and mileage of my truck they wouldn't but I could take it to a Dodge dealership and see if they would run the test at my expense. Dodge didn't seem to care why air bags didn't go off since the truck is 10 years old.

- Huntsville, AR, USA

problem #17

Sep 062013

Ram 1500

  • 103,000 miles
Driving down 50 mph single land roadway. 0525 hrs, dark, dry, no street lights. Deer from right side of the road, swerved, vehicle crossed oncoming traffic lane and left roadway. Vehicle went into tree line striking two to three trees. Major/total loss of vehicle. Main damage to front of vehicle. Airbags did not deploy.

- Mcguire Afb, NJ, USA

problem #16

May 262012

Ram 1500

  • 90,000 miles
While driving on narrow road air bags in steering wheel and passenger side dash started to activate before I could get off road and stop they exploded and I was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle. This accident was investigated by Chrysler two different reps and findings were never released to the authorities. Chrysler was requested at two different times to release this info and never did. Thus I was charged with "left of center" violation. There were some critical injuries to multiple people and no deaths praise god.

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #15

Dec 062010

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


Air bags did not deploy on impact. Updated0 06/26/12

- Dayton, PA, USA

problem #14

May 152012

Ram 1500

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact was traveling 50 to 60 mph when the vehicle crashed into the median. The air bags failed to deploy. Two people suffered injuries to the chest and neck. The police were contacted and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 160,000.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #13

Mar 242012

Ram 1500

  • miles
I was driving my Ram 1500 and looked down and then back up and sadly ran into the back of another car. Have yet to get it to the shop as its Sunday but the damage was enough to crush in the front end plenty of my Ram. But no airbags deployed. Luckily neither myself or my passenger were hurt. I don't think I'll buy Dodge.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #12

Mar 102011

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 102,000 miles


I was traveling North on highway 47 following a van and some other vehicles when all of a sudden everyone locked up and by the time I saw the vehicle in front of me hit the brakes I slammed on my brakes and slid into him damaging his rear panel doors and the front end of my truck. No airbag deployed either on the driver or passenger side of the truck that I was driving. It was raining at the time and the roads were saturated so stopping abruptly was out of the question still I tried, no one was injured in the crash however the very next day I experienced this very severe nose bleed that lasted about 15-20 non stop when it finally slowed to a trickle I went to the nearby hospital emergency room. We were traveling about 40-45 mph when the crash occurred and I'm curious as to why the bags didn't deploy.

- Capemay,Courthouse , NJ, USA

problem #11

Sep 052010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact was driving 50 mph when a vehicle failed to yield the right of way. The consumer was hit in the left rear door. The rear passenger sustained injuries to the chest, the front passenger sustained injuries to the chest and shoulder. Both rear passengers were injured and sustained hip and facial injuries. The vehicle was towed to a local body repair facility. A police report was available (26-856-10). The failure and current mileage was 57,000. Updated 12/15/10. Updated 12/27/10

- Dimondale , MI, USA

problem #10

Jan 142010

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While the contact was driving 70 mph she attempted to switch lanes and crashed into a vehicle. The contact applied the brakes and made a sharp right turn causing the vehicle to crash into a metal pole which totaled the vehicle; however, none of the air bags in the vehicle deployed during or after the crash occurred. The contact injured her neck during the crash and also experienced back pain. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 57000. Updated 3/8/10 updated 09/23/10

- Lodi, CA, USA

problem #9

May 232009

Ram 1500

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 60 mph, the contact suddenly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the median on the highway. None of the air bags deployed and both the passenger and driver were injured. A police report was filed. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 83,000.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #8

Aug 282007

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Ram. While driving 55 mph, the contact passed out due to a medical condition. As a result, he rear ended a parked vehicle and crossed over the median into the path of oncoming traffic. The air bags failed to deploy and the contact was injured. Both vehicles were destroyed. The police arrived, filed a report, and transported him to the hospital. There is no current mileage because the vehicle was destroyed. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Farmersmill, OH, USA

problem #7

Sep 132006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
ABS failed, wheels locked up, vehicle collided with vehicle in front. Air bags did not deploy. Vehicle is a write off.

- Blenheim, 00, USA

problem #6

Feb 142006

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 55 mph, the vehicle began to hydroplane. The vehicle spun around 3-4 times while applying the brakes. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy. The vehicle hit a concrete divider with the front end and ended up on the concrete divider with the rear end. The vehicle was driven home, there was no police report taken. The insurance company inspected the vehicle and determined the front bumper and grill need to be replaced and the rear bumper needs replacing. There must also be repairs to the truck bed.

- French Camp, CA, USA

problem #5

Feb 272005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles
Airbags did not deploy after violent accident. Vehicle was stopped then hit from the rear at about 65 mph by tour bus, causing it to land on top of vehicle in front, continuing to be hit again 3-4 times until rolling to a stop upside down. Vehicle was hit on all sides.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 282005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Airbags did not deploy during a head on collision as well as a side collision. Passenger of vehicle was injured. Enough damage was done to the vehicle that it was claimed a total loss.

- Fort Pierce, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 082004

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Airbags did not deploy during a head on collision. The backseat seatbelt also did not lock when the collision occurred, which resulted in my child's car seat moving forward and allowing the child to sustain head trauma during the accident. The passenger of the vehicle sustained injuries. The driver sustained bruised ribs from hitting the steering wheel. The truck had quite a bit of frontal damage and took several weeks to repair. I assumed the airbags would've been checked during the time the repairs were done at a local Dodge dealership.

- Fort Pierce, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 152004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles
NHTSA campaign 01V153000. Daimler/Chrysler issued a clock spring recall. This vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN although it experienced the same problem that was mentioned in the recall. The consumer had accidents on two separate occasion in which the air bags did not deploy.

- Bethel, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 032004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Horn would sound with engine off and on (no alarm system) for up to 40 min. Any time of day. Steady sound! then shut off. No onset. Had to pull fuse to stop resulting in no horn at all. Consequences: Irate neighbors, road rage from surrounding drivers. Replaced T control module and clockspring. Dealer preformed repair. Has old parts. Seems to be fixed. Took 12 days.

- Sugar Notch, PA, USA

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