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Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. Notes: The first year of the new Dodge Dart had a rough start, with owners reporting a disproportionate number of engine and transmission problems.

For transmission, the main complaints are transmission failure & rough shifting. So far, average mileage for transmission failure is 25,000 miles. Not good.

For engine problems, it usually starts with the engine light coming on for any number of reasons: bad sensors, ignition coil replacement, bad wiring, faulty gas cap ... dealers are replacing various components with varying degrees of success, or telling owners they can't duplicate the issue.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
21 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
16 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,852 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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2013 Dodge Dart seat belts / air bags problems

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2013 Dodge Dart Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #52

May 152018


  • 70,000 miles


Clutch is sticking in the 1.4L turbo Dart while stationary. Car wouldn't start right away but did eventually. Hard to get into gear while stationary. Emergency brake has failed and is not working. Airbag light is on, on the dash.

- Moore's Hill, IN, USA

problem #51

May 012018


  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle has service airbag light on and sensors say the seatbelt is unbuckled when it is not. Has never been in a collision. Now I still owe 1 year of payments and my only car is not safe to drive.

- Hastings, MI, USA

problem #50

Feb 262018


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. When the vehicle was started, the air bag indicator illuminated and remained lit. Also, when the front passenger seat belt was buckled, the passenger seat belt indicator illuminated, which meant that the front passenger seat belt was not buckled. The vehicle was taken to new century Dodge Chrysler Jeep Inc (807 baptisto dr, paola, ks 66071, (913) 557-5306) where the technician stated that there was no recall for the failure. The manufacturer was notified and confirmed that there was no recall for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Paola, KS, USA

problem #49

Dec 042017


  • miles


Air bag light keeps coming on stating air bag maintenance required. Blinks on and off longs car is started. Been happening for about a month now.

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #48

Jan 022018


  • miles
I bought this car from the dealer in 2013 and every so often the air bag light goes off. When it was under warrantee the replaced the air bags and it helped but the light goes on all the time. I have looked on line and many other owners have this same problem. Some say its connected to an issue with wires in the a or B pillar. I have talked to the dealership and they do not want to do anything since its not under warrantee.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #47

Nov 152017


  • 66,774 miles
I was involved in a 3 car collision on a city highway. My vehicle was impacted pretty badly and sustained substantial damage. The airbags should have deployed but did not! I also had to replace the transmission about a month ago due to a faulty transmission.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #46

Nov 072016

Dart 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


Takata recall, this vehicle was taken approximately 5 times back to dealer because airbag light kept coming on 2014 thru 2016. Dealer always said nothing wrong (I have documentation from dealer stating so. My daughter was in an accident November 7, 2017 hit by a tractor trailer air bags never depoloyed. My daughter has a concussion that she is still under care for and vehicle was totalled. My daughter was on a highway that was under constuction only one lane open, tractor trailer did not stop and smashed her into cement barrier.

- Freedom, PA, USA

problem #45

Aug 052016


  • 65,000 miles
My air bag light is staying on saying service air bag system. Also when someone is in the passanger seat the seatbelt light is staying on while they're wearing the seatbelt. Both lights started coming on at the same time. It started happening when my vehicle was on and in park.

- Vass, NC, USA

problem #44

Sep 012017


  • miles
Airbag light is on and stays on. Seat belt light is on and stays on and dings even when both belts are on in front seat. Over 6K people on forums have same problem!

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #43

Aug 182017


  • 53,750 miles
When in motion, when someone is sitting in the passenger seat, the seatbelt signal, passenger airbag signal, as well as digital display warning about seatbelt and airbag systems are all on and alerting us. If an accident were to occur, the car would not deploy passenger airbag due to this malfunction.

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #42

Jul 272017


  • 71,000 miles


Clutch sticks

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #41

Jun 282017


  • 92,000 miles
Mulitple issues with this car. Battery has been replaced twice, needles on gauges bounce around, at 90,000 miles airbag indicator came on, no diagnosis, at 92,000 pulled into work and car would not go into park, had to shut off the car and pull up emergency brake, my car now will not turn on.

- Rockwell, NC, USA

problem #40

Jun 062017


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While the vehicle was stationary and while driving various speeds, the passenger side air bag indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer and the dealer were not made aware of the issue. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 34,000.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #39

Jun 052017


  • 31,053 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While driving approximately 40 mph, the air bag warning indicator illuminated and flickered on and off. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact also received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V800000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The contact did not notify the dealer for the recall repair. The failure mileage was 31,053. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Darien, IL, USA

problem #38

Mar 172017


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owned a 2013 Dodge Dart. While the contact's daughter was driving approximately 47 mph, she lost control of the vehicle due to icy weather conditions. As a result, the vehicle veered to the side of the road and ultimately rolled over down a hill. The seat belt pretensioner did not tighten nor did the air bags deploy. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a salvage yard where it was deemed destroyed. There was one injury that required medical attention. The driver suffered a scratch by the cornea of the eye. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was approximately 91,000. Updated 06/21/17 updated 10/6/2017

- Negaunee, MI, USA

problem #37

Feb 082017


  • miles
Vehicle had less than 50000 miles on it. When a passenger in my car would put their seat belt on the dash warning light and the check air bag lights would come on.

- Wooster, OH, USA

problem #36

Dec 102016


  • 33,000 miles
Service airbag indicator light keeps randomly (starting, motion, stationary, any time) coming on, took my car to the dealership and after hours of diagnostic testing they came up with that I need a new seat air bag. I know many other Chrysler products have had recalls for air bag malfunctions and upon doing research, discovered other 2013 Dart owners have had similar or worse issues with their air bag systems. I also discovered that 421 2013 Dodge Dart mopar 13 special-edition models were recalled due to potential air bag problems, but it was stated only the special edition models were affected. Did these 2013 models really have different air bag systems than the rest of the 2013 Darts?

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #35

Nov 052016


  • 70,000 miles
Air bags did not deploy during crash when vehicle went off the road and struck an embankment. Result of crash, the car was totaled and driver suffered laceration on head and broken back.

- Leetonia, OH, USA

problem #34

Mar 022015


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Dart. While the vehicle was stationary, the air bag indicator illuminated. In addition, the air conditioner compressor switch fractured on the vehicle. It was diagnosed that the transmission control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #33

Aug 012016


  • 33,000 miles
The airbag light comes on anytime the outdoor temperature is above around 85 degrees. The Dodge dealership says nothing is wrong, but the light still comes on. My car was in the shop multiple times for issues with the electrical system. The battery has been replaced 2-3 times since 2013. Interior lights sometimes flicker. The navigation system resets itself randomly and now it can't "find" the maps. They are just gone somehow. The sd card slot works sometimes and not others, same with the backup camera. Dodge has been completely unable to fix these.

- Dublin, OH, USA

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