NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1996 Dodge Dakota

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1996 Dodge Dakota, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: FRAME CRACKS

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP02009

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: September 30, 2002
    • Date Closed: January 08, 2003
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Structure

    Summary: Mr. Edward w. bailey submitted a petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by letter, undated, requesting that an investigation be conducted into the matter of a frame crack in his 1995 Dodge Dakota truck.the petitioner alleges that the frame on the passenger side of the vehicle is cracked, through no fault or responsibility of his own, and believes that this deficiency constitutes a safety defect, which he alleges may cause a loss of vehicle control and/or a crash.for the 1993 through 2003 model year Dakota trucks, theonly complaints of frame cracking were on the 1995 and 1996 model year vehicles. A review of consumer complaints of frame cracking on the Dakota, and peer vehicles, did not reveal any loss of control, crashes, injuries or fatalities.frame cracking on the Dakota trucks occured at an average mileage OF93,000. For the reasons stated in thefederal register notice (vol. 68, no. 3, Monday, January 6, 2003) the petition is denied.

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