Notes: Consumer Reports road tests has noted deficiencies in the 2012 Avenger with regard to engine noise, acceleration, braking, handling, transmission, fuel economy, driving position and rear visibility. But at least it has a cool marketing campaign ... right?


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,048 miles

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2012 Dodge Avenger seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2012 Dodge Avenger Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #13

Jul 252014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


The air bag light came on one night as I was parking the vehicle. I looked up the recalls on my vehicle, took my vehicle in to be repaired and the light is still on. I was advised that it is the airbag module and it is not covered under the warranty or the recall. Upon investigation, there are similar complaints with the same issue for this make/model.

- Hope Mills, NC, USA

problem #12

Sep 152014


  • 52,120 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where the head restraint failure was repaired but the airbag light remained illuminated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 52,120.

- Chatsworth, GA, USA

problem #11

Jul 032014


  • 44,000 miles
I noticed several times before this date going down the hwy and the car accelerating on its own. I was at a dead stop and go on the hwy rush our I let off the brake to ease on up and my car went under into a truck doing over $7800 in damages no airbags none deployed I just got my car from the shop on 8/30. I got in the car started it and backed up put the car in drive and it jolted into drive no foot on the gas peddle I had to hit my brakes again then I proceeded home. Still noticed this a couple more times. I didn't think about it at the time of the accident I was taken straight out by ems with a neckbrace. I've sit here confused for 2 months knowing how did this happen knowing it was a brake ease off and brake again traffic and the amount of damage done to the car. My 14 yr old daughter had to convince my mom I was not speeding because of the amount of damage. I will call the shop again on mon am but also Dodge or Chrysler re: This. I had to pay out over $4K in car rental (no I didn't know I did not have that coverage.) I'm now pissed off and confused at did this cause the collision? I've only had this car a year and until that point had never had an accident my fault in M life I did have one this last week in a rental it was my fault I own up to that but not the first in the Avenger after starting it again yesterday at pickup and this immediately happening and I mean immediately happening again had the shop not already being closed for the weekend and my ride left I would have left the car at the shop. I know of the overhead airbag problems I have tried to call once before. I will call Monday until my calls are returned please reply to this. I am also contacting my insurance Agency re: This problem and the accident. Please contact me. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Simpsonville , SC, USA

problem #10

Jul 232014


  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the air bag indicator was illuminated. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V282000 (air bag, electrical system). The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000.

- Roxdoro, NC, USA

problem #9

Apr 072014


  • 40,000 miles
The front air bags won't work correctly due to a defective part.the customer service dept that we talked to said we had to pay for the repair because there was no recall on it at the time.what kind of service can I expect from this vehicle and what kind of vehicles are you making anyway"???? do I need to consider buying a different brand next time????"

- White House, TN, USA

problem #8

Apr 282014


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the air bag warning light continuously illuminated in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who stated that the occupant restraint control module was not communicating with the vehicle and needed to be replaced. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 13V282000(air bags, electrical system )however the dealer stated that they would only flash the totally integrated power module(tipm) per the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Spring Lake, NC, USA

problem #7

Mar 202014

Avenger 6-cyl

  • 35,284 miles


We hit a deer and the front of the car was demolished. Upon inspection the next morning, I noticed that an airbag sensor was shattered and just hanging by the wire harness. Airbags did not deploy, I was concerned about this and never got a straight answer from anyone. Now I get a recall notice saying faulty restraint system, I'm not too happy...

- Layton, UT, USA

problem #6

Apr 062014


  • 40,000 miles
I was the passenger in our 2012 Dodge Avenger. Another car pulled across three lanes of traffic and we hit her with the whole front end of our car. The air bags did not deploy. All persons in car were wearing seat belts. But the passenger seat belt tensioner failed to tighten. I was thrown into the dashboard and floor. My injuries: Both knees, neck and back.

- Elizabethtown, KY, USA

problem #5

Mar 312014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
I got a recall notice stating that my car would be fixed and the labor and parts would be free. I have spoken with the dealership and they say I will need to pay $300 in parts to get it replaced. If the recall notice says it would be free then why do I need to pay? the recall should be covered by Chrysler. The airbag light is on. I have not been in any accidents so I do not see why I must pay for a faulty part.

- Saco, ME, USA

problem #4

Mar 142014

Avenger 4-cyl

  • miles
I received a notice about a safety recall of the active head restraints in my vehicle on 03/13/2014. As I went and researched the information the recall was first sent out in July 2013. I purchased my car in April 2013 and have been to the dealership each time for my scheduled maintenance and was never notified about the recall. I have been driving this vehicle for months with my family, putting out safety at risk. Based on the recall it states "federal regulation requires the recall notice must be forward to the lessee within 10 days, which was failed to do.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #3

Dec 132013


  • miles


The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that while sitting at a traffic stop, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact was a passenger in the vehicle and sustained minor leg and back injuries. The driver of the vehicle was thrown into the steering wheel and was also injured. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was able to be driven from the scene but was not inspected to determine the cause of the failure. Approximately one month after the crash, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 13V282000 (air bags, electrical system). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for the completion of recall repairs. The failure mileage was not available.

- Centre, AL, USA

problem #2

Dec 062013


  • 36,332 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number 13V282000 (air bags, electrical system) and was taken to the dealer for repairs. The dealer stated that the vehicle had surpassed the mileage restriction for the recall and refused to service the vehicle. In addition, an extended warranty was offered by the manufacturer pertaining to the air bags. The contact's vehicle was also excluded from the extended warranty program. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 36,332.

- Olando, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 092013

Avenger 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,800 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Avenger SE. The contact stated while driving approximately 50 mph in rainy weather conditions the vehicle hydro-planed and then crashed into a steel cable barrier. The only air bags that deployed were the front and rear passenger's side curtain air bags. The front passenger struck the windshield who sustained severe whiplash. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 38,800. Updated 9/17/13

- Poplar Bluff, MO, USA

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