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3.4

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,094 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 052015

Ram 2500

  • 105,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500. The contact stated that the seat belts would not extend or retract. The contact stated that the the seat belts were tied to the air bag and several electrical sensors in the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000. The manufacturer was notified.

- Key Largo, FL, USA

problem #7

Apr 152013

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 68,000 miles
Front seat belts will no longer release therefore cannot be used anymore. Requires replacement of seat belt control module and it is no longer available at dealers or anywhere else. This is a huge safety issue if you cannot use your seat belts anymore. Chrysler should be required to issue a recall on all Dodge trucks with the seat belts mounted in the seat backs that use this module for proper operation. There are a ton of people posting on the internet having this same seat belt lock up problem. Please help!!!!

- Milledgeville, GA, USA

problem #6

Feb 242010

Ram 2500

  • 89,655 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500. While the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed that the front seat belts were locked. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were 89,655.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #5

Feb 152003

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,100 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My husband ordered this truck in late 1997. We purchased it new and have had numerous problems with the vehicle. The biggest problem we have faced is the transmission. Mid-April 1998 the first problems occured with slippage, the transmission cooling lines were replaced, one month later the torque converter went and repairs were made. Now at 51,000 miles and very little driving for the last 2 yrs (since my husband has been sick with cancer) it has blown again. The front seals are leaking profusely. The rear window was leaking so badly at one point the entire ceiling inside was soaded. The ABS computer went wacky on us early on also. The seatbelt has been twisted since we purchased the vehicle and we have not successfully fixed it. The extended warranty we purchased has gone out of business. I will not likely buy another Dodge ever again. Mercedes takes the cake.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 012000

Ram 2500

  • miles
The passenger side seat belt locked up, the dealer found that the seat belt solenoid shorted out.

- Post Falls, ID, USA

problem #3

Jul 012000

Ram 2500

  • miles
Seat belt control module caused current draw that depletes battery. Disconnecting the module stops current draw but deactivates the seat belts.

- Camarillo, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 072000

(reported on)

Ram 2500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver seatbelt will locks up without applying brakes/with or without the key in igniton, or if the consumer is sitting still or moving, causing consumer to be trapped against seat. Dealer has replaced seatbelt, but defect is still occurring. The dealer is unwilling to correct the problem. The unpredictability of when the belt will lock makes it particularily dangerous.

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 291998

Ram 2500 4WD

  • miles
When system failed, we were unable to put seat belts on due to computers loss of programing. This is not only unsafe, but illegal in this state and many others.there sould be a default to a mechanical locking system, not just go inop. And leave us in a very unsafe situation.

- Grand Junction, CO, USA

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