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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1998 Dodge Ram Van 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Dodge Ram Van 1500 Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 152002

(reported on)

Ram Van 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Driver's side seat belt performs erratically, not being able to extend from holster around driver or may tighten while being worn.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 152001

Ram Van 1500 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Both front seat belts have failed to retract when exiting the truck. This has cause them to get caught in the door latch when the door was closed. Both belts have been cut and severely damaged.

- Wyandotte, OK, USA

problem #5

May 231999

Ram Van 1500

  • miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision where it flipped over five times. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy, and restraints did not retract, resulting in minor injuries and ejection from vehicle. Manufacturer will be notified.

- Brunswick, GA, USA

problem #4

May 051998

Ram Van 1500

  • miles


The passenger's or driver's side seat belt does not retract. Also, you almost have to punch the horn pad to get it to work. The dealership was not able to correct the problem with the seat belt or the horn. Owner has 2 other trucks with the same problems. Please list VIN #S for other 2 trucks.

- Whitewater, WI, USA

problem #3

Oct 051998

Ram Van 1500

  • miles
Had cruise control on at 60mph. Road wet/slick. Vehicle started hydroplaning. Made funny noises. Lost traction. Spun around & front end hit guard rail. Air bags did not deploy. Driver has bruises from seat belt. Passenger not restrained. Hit windshield. Emergency room treatment.

- Greenville, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 281998

Ram Van 1500

  • miles
Retractors on seat belts failed.

- Wood River, IL, USA

problem #1

Apr 011998

Ram Van 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The defective driver's and passenger's seatbelts will not come out in order to use the seatbelt system. It will not protect the occupant in event of an accident. Been to dealer 3 times. Dealer cannot determine problem. Cause unknown. Consumer states that seatbelts will not extract from lock up in seats at all when vehicle is started, the only way to unlock is to restart the engine.

- Niagra Fall, NY, USA

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