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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
16 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
19 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,271 miles

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

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2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #14

Jun 022015

Ram 1500

  • miles


The driver airbag inflator has been recalled and should be replaced; however, Dodge does not have replacement parts available. This is unacceptable. The safety risks involved include "metal fragments striking and potentially injuring the vehicle occupants."

- Covington, LA, USA

problem #13

Nov 192014

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
My Dodge Ram air bags are listed as a potential hazard on the Web sight. Can a dealership disconnect them until this is resolved. Please advise.

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #12

Oct 282014

Ram 1500

  • 69,000 miles
I took my truck in for an oil change and to have the air bag light that was coming on intermittently. After the diagnoses was done I was informed that the clock spring was broken. I asked what this spring controlled and was informed of a variety of things including the air bag system. I asked if the air bags would deploy if I was to get into an accident and was told no they wouldn't. so I had it repaired at a cost of almost $400. After talking to other people I found out that this was a common problem with a variety of vehicles. I thinking that there should be a look into these clock springs. It sounds like this is a common item that fails.

- East Helena, MT, USA

problem #11

Mar 282014

Ram 1500

  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the brakes were applied with force when the air bag warning light illuminated. The steering wheel also become difficult to maneuver and would exhibit an abnormal noise when turned. The vehicle was taken to the authorized dealer, who diagnosed that the clock spring and the driver's side tie rod needed to be replaced. The vehicle was scheduled to be repaired by an authorized dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 13V529000 (steering) or 13V528000 (steering) but the contact stated that the vehicle exhibited the same failure as stated in both recalls. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 90000. Kmj

- East Islip, NY, USA

problem #10

Nov 102012

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
My 16 year old daughter was driving down a dirt road and a deer ran out in front of her and she swerved to miss it and over corrected and the back end of the truck spun around and flipped the truck side over side and totaled the truck but neither air bag ever deployed.

- Ballinger, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 052012

Ram 1500

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owned a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, a fire truck braked in front of the contact's vehicle and the contact was involved in a front end crash. The airbags did not deploy. There were minor injuries to the contact's shoulder, chest, and head. The contact was taken to the hospital to treat the injuries.the police filed a report and the vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileages were 37,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Eunice, LA, USA

problem #8

Feb 172012

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 54,100 miles


While driving on a rural road close to home I had to swerve to the left to avoid a deer in the road when I swerved left I instantly impacted a telephone pole and came to a violent stop without the airbag deploying to protect me. I suffered neck, back and hand injuries as well as a severe concussion. I will be forever afraid to drive another Dodge vehicle or any vehicle in which my life is dependent on whether or not my airbag is going to open. The front end of the truck is pushed in to the engine block. Scary very very scary to think that there could be the same incident in the future that could result in death.

- Lincoln, RI, USA

problem #7

Feb 172012

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, a deer jumped in front of the vehicle and in order to avoid hitting the deer, the contact swerved and crashed into a telephone pole. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy and the driver sustained a concussion as well as injuries to the head and back. The police were contacted and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and the current mileages were approximately 54,000. Updated 05/11/12 updated 05/22/12

- Lincoln , RI, USA

problem #6

May 012011

Ram 1500

  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 30 mph, the contact stated that she crashed into another vehicle and the air bags did not deploy. A passenger sustained a contusion and bruising to the knee. The dealer had not been notified. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The vehicle was not inspected. The current mileage was 80,000. The failure mileage was 79,000. A police report was filed.

- Pahrump, NV, USA

problem #5

Sep 172009

Ram 1500

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 40 mph under rainy conditions the brakes were applied but the vehicle did not stop resulting in a crash. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. A passenger in the other vehicle was reported injured. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer to be repaired for the body damage. The vehicle was not examined to determine the cause of failure. Nine months later while driving approximately 40 mph under rainy conditions the vehicle began to veer to the left and right. The contact lost control of the vehicle and was involved in a single car crash in which the air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and the driver was injured. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was not examined to determine the cause of failure. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 35,000.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 152010

Ram 1500

  • 37,000 miles


I have a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 with 37,000 miles on it. On February 15, 2010 I was involve in a accident where the other vehicle failed to yield and pulled out in front of me causing the accident. My complaint is that I figure the at the point of impact ( which was the front of my 2008 Dodge Ram ) I was traveling about forty five miles an hour and my air bags never deployed, although the air bags did deploy on the other vehicle. I did receive spinal injuries and will know more about that tomorrow 02/19/10 when I meet with the surgeon but in the meantime the insurance company is having my truck repaired and I can't get an answer from anyone of why the airbags did not deploy or if they even will in the event of another accident. This is a scary situation for me due to the fact that it will be my loved ones that will be riding in this potential unsafe vehicle.

- Frankfort, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 112009

Ram 1500

  • 6,400 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram pickup truck. He stated he was involved in a crash while driving 55 mph. The front air bags did not deploy at the time of the impact. While exiting the highway, he attempted to steer to avoid hitting an approaching vehicle but the steering wheel would not respond. The vehicle crashed into a concrete barrier along the highway head-on. Later, he received NHTSA campaign id number 09E001000, steering linkages; however when the dealer was contacted they stated that his VIN was not included. The passenger sustained moderate injuries which include head contusions, several cuts from the glass, neck injuries and cracked ribs. The driver sustained minor injuries to the head. Neither the driver or passenger's side air bag deployed. Repairs were made to the vehicle and covered under his insurance. The failure and current mileages were under 6,400.

- Glenwood, IA, USA

problem #2

Jan 032009

Ram 1500

  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that the driver's side air bag light remains illuminated in the vehicle. He took the vehicle to the dealer four times. The first time he was informed that the air bag failed and new parts would be ordered to replace the entire unit; however, the parts never arrived to make the replacement. He took the vehicle to a different dealer and they ordered the parts. Once again, the parts never arrived. The contact took the vehicle back to the original dealer and was informed that the part was unavailable and could not be replaced. The contact believes that this is a manufacturer defect and that the parts should be available to the vehicles that are defective. The failure mileage was 13,000 and current mileage was 26,000.

- Davis, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 152008

Ram 1500

  • 10,000 miles
My air bags do not work, I had it checked at Agency and they said it's a switch in the steering column. It has been 2 months now and every time I call the Agency they say it's back ordered. What can I do?

- Ojai, CA, USA

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