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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
19 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,565 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Dodge Stratus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #19

Oct 312005

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,500 miles

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

Car hit twice by deer. Once on the left front and once on the right front. Both times going about 55 miles per hour or less and neither time did the air bags go off. On 10-31-2005 I was in an accident where my car went off the road, at less than 55 mph, due to rain and a curve I was going around. The impact broke my rear axle, then the back of the car side swiped a tree and tore off the rear bumper and flipped the car on the passenger side, flipped back right side up and then into the side of a small hill. None of these times did any air bags go off.

- Owensville, MO, USA

problem #18

Oct 312005

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact complained about steering problems. The steering wheel felt as though it was binding. The power steering fluid was kept at correct levels. The vehicle experienced steering difficulties for the past year. The vehicle was involved in a crash and the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle ran into a hill and neither air bag deployed. The speed was around 55 mph. The manufacturer has not been contacted about the steering or the air bags. A police report was taken from the crash. Updated 1/5/2006 - the consumer was injured and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital.

- Owensville, MO, USA

problem #17

Jan 072004

Stratus

  • 50,000 miles
While driving 35 mph vehicle was involved in a head on collision. The dual airbags deployed without air. As a result, driver sustained severe facial injuries.

- Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

problem #16

Oct 222003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,240 miles

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

Car crach

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #15

Jan 272003

Stratus

  • miles
Accident occurred and air bags did not deploy. Dealer has been notified.

- Collinsville, IL, USA

problem #14

May 312000

Stratus

  • miles
Vechicle involved in a crash with a dumptruck at 70 miles per hour, was hit on all four corners when collided with guardrail, in addition to being hit in the front and airbags did not deploy.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #13

Dec 191999

Stratus

  • miles

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

2nd accident, brake pedal went to floor, car did not slowdown, direct fronal impact 45mph, driver's & passenger's airbags did not deploy.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #12

Sep 181999

Stratus

  • miles
30mph frontal crash, driver's/passenger's airbags didn't deploy, brake pedal went to floor, but car didn't respond.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #11

Dec 191999

Stratus

  • miles
2nd accident, brake pedal went to floor, car did not slowdown, direct fronal impact 45mph, driver's & passenger's airbags did not deploy.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #10

Sep 181999

Stratus

  • miles
30mph frontal crash, driver's/passenger's airbags didn't deploy, brake pedal went to floor, but car didn't respond.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #9

Nov 181998

Stratus

  • miles

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

Whenever brakes are applied, they would make loud squealing noises. They would let go while being pressed. Rearended another vehicle when the brakes failed to work properly at 60 mph. At time of impact, the air bags did not deploy.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #8

Nov 181998

Stratus

  • miles
Whenever brakes are applied, they would make loud squealing noises. They would let go while being pressed. Rearended another vehicle when the brakes failed to work properly at 60 mph. At time of impact, the air bags did not deploy.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #7

Oct 121999

Stratus

  • miles
While driving 30 mph vehicle had a direct frontal impact, and driver's/passenger's airbags did not deploy which did not protect the occupant in crash.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 121999

Stratus

  • miles
While driving 30 mph vehicle had a direct frontal impact, and driver's/passenger's airbags did not deploy which did not protect the occupant in crash.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #5

Dec 311998

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
Consumer was involved in a 55 mph frontal collision, hitting a barrier in which the driver's and passenger's air bags did not deploy, cause unkown.

- Hineville, GA, USA

problem #4

Dec 311998

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
Consumer was involved in a 55 mph frontal collision, hitting a barrier in which the driver's and passenger's air bags did not deploy, cause unkown.

- Hineville, GA, USA

problem #3

Oct 091998

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's wife was involved in a front-end collision. During the accident, the airbags on the driver's and passenger's sides failed to deploy. The wife was not seriously injured, but suffers from sores and bruises. When the consumer contacted the manufacturer, an investigator from Chrysler came out to view the vehicle, but failed to give the consumer any information pertaining to vehicle.

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #2

Mar 151998

Stratus

  • miles
Was driving at approxiamtely 15-20 mph, hit another vehicle head-on which was going about 30 mph. Direct hit and airbags on both sides did not deploy, causing the consumer to hit steering wheel and windshield.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #1

Mar 151998

Stratus

  • miles
Was driving at approxiamtely 15-20 mph, hit another vehicle head-on which was going about 30 mph. Direct hit and airbags on both sides did not deploy, causing the consumer to hit steering wheel and windshield.

- Columbia, MO, USA

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