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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
13 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,895 miles

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #14

Jan 062011

Ram 1500

  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact was hit head on by a driver who was texting while driving 40 mph. The contacts vehicle was not moving when the crash occurred. The air bags did not deploy. The contact stated the vehicle was to towed to a local mechanic. The insurance company confirmed that the vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was inspected, but the insurance company was unable to determine why the air bags did not deploy. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileage was 71,000.

- Saint Petersburgh, FL, USA

problem #13

Nov 132009

Ram 1500

  • 45,000 miles
Steering failed, truck was having a thumping on right front area, but it was not the tire, it cause me to lose control while steering, the truck was totaled, it rolled over three times, the front driver airbag did not deploy, was saved by my seatbelt, the truck rolled to the right hitting on the passenger side, it had only 44,000 miles, I noticed this problem and took it to be inspected but nothing showed up as it was blamed by the person who drove it as my tires being rough, I already owned them for over a year with about 5000 miles on them and it was not the tire, it was faulty linkage for steering, caused loss of control and this truck was highly maintained, and before I could get a second opinion it was wrecked, as other drivers and other Dodge trucks have faulty steering linkage problems, this will cause more accidents for other owners, after the wreck I could see that the linkage was damaged but since it rolled three times the insurance company can not say what exactly cause the sudden loss of steering, the linkage components are not right Dodge needs to recall these trucks.

- Balmorhea, TX, USA

problem #12

Sep 042009

Ram 1500

  • 45,000 miles
My 2005 Dodge Ram quad cab hydroplaned on the interstate and struck a retaining wall almost head on. The entire left side front bumper from the very middle to the far left struck the wall flush. The truck bounced off and did a 540 and the engine died and I was stuck blocking three lanes of interstate traffic. I impacted the wall around 55 mph. The problem is that my airbags never deployed. Neither the driver or passenger side air bags. I was lucky that I wasn't injured, but I feel there was a defect with the air bags not deploying. The impact was so hard on the bumper that it buckled the frame of my truck.

- Collierville, TN, USA

problem #11

Dec 212008

Ram 1500

  • 37,000 miles


Vehicle was involved in accident. Vehicle struck "jersey wall" at appx 50 mph. Neither frontal or side curtain airbags deployed. Vehicle was in accident 12 months prior and was repaired at Dodge dealership. Owner questioned dealership as to why. Minor injuries to driver in this second accident with the same vehicle. Owner contacted Chrysler Corp and received a form letter response.

- Snow Hill, MD, USA

problem #10

Nov 202007

Ram 1500

  • 24,000 miles
Vehicle was involved in 2 separate accidents. Air bags did not deploy in either. Vehicle was repaired at dealership after first accident. Driver sustained injuries which has disabled him since 11/2007.

- Snow Hill, MD, USA

problem #9

Nov 162008

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
2005 Dodge Ram air bags failed to deploy in an accident. Consumer states that the impact of the collision was on the left passenger compartment. Insurance company on behalf of consumer.

- Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #8

Sep 042008

Ram 1500

  • 38,500 miles


On Sept. 4, 2008 at a bout 2:30 am. On my way home from work, I was run off of the road. My 2005 Ram 1500 made a front end contact at about 40 mph an D pushed the bumper about a foot and a half back and under the truck. The airbag did not deploy. As a result I have a broken nose, a broken finger and very bruised ribs. I love my truck but don't feel safe in it after this wreck. Sincerely, eric S. mcgee

- Clarksburg , WV, USA

problem #7

May 302008

Ram 1500

  • 40,000 miles
Dodge Ram 1500 (2005) involved in a front end accident with a 2006 Volkswagen jetta (hit side of jetta). Traveling approximately 45 mph and hit brakes late as jetta turned in front of truck. Neither front airbags on the truck deployed. Six airbags in jetta deployed.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #6

Apr 122007

Ram 1500 10-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,956 miles
Driving approximately 45 mph, another car changed lanes and forced my truck into a telephone pole, frontal collision, no airbag deployment either side.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 242006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,700 miles
: the contact stated while driving 55 mph the vehicle hit another vehicle from behind and the frontal air bags did not deploy. The vehicle sustained frontal damage and a police report was filed at the scene. The passengers were wearing seatbelts and two passengers sustained minor injuries. The vehicle was driven home. The dealership and manufacturer were not alerted.

- Plainfield, IN, USA

problem #4

Jan 192006

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,300 miles


My 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 regular cab truck was involved in an accident. Air bags never deployed on this vehicle. The truck was hit in the right front area, the bumper was knocked up into the engine compartment. I was slammed against the steering wheel and the drivers door in this collision. The vehicle was a total loss, so no repairs were done. This vehicle is not listed in your description.

- Anderson, SC, USA

problem #3

Mar 042006

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,800 miles
Involved in low speed crash. Airbag did not deploy. Lap/shoulder harness didn't restrain me. Suffered fracture nose..hematoma of eye...truck suffered a lot of front end damage.

- Coxsackie, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 162005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
When the contact's vehicle crashed with another vehicle both frontal airbags failed to deploy. The vehicle was totaled. The vehicle has not been inspected. Therefore, the reason for the airbag deployment failure was unknown.

- Golden Valley, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jul 242005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,275 miles
The consumer's son was driving when vehicle swerved to miss a deer and it tipped over into a ditch while driving 30 mph. Upon impact, the air bag did not deploy. The vehicle would not shut off until it was put into park. The consumer drove the vehicle back home. Later it was taken to a body shop, which did not have diagnostic equipment. They said that there was hardly any transmission fluid. Oil leaked through transmission tube under the hood. The manufacturer stated that air bags will deploy when driving forward. He told them that according to the vehicles computers it did not show it had been in an accident. The frame was dented, and there was an injury.

- Hallettsville, TX, USA

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