Notes: When the 3rd-generation Durango was introduced in 2011 owners almost immediately started having a wide range of issues -- from water pump failure to stalling engines. Turns out the TIPM is to blame and those problems carried into the 2012 model year.

TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Modules) is responsible for controlling and distributing power to all the vehicle’s electrical functions. So when the TIPM starts acting up, so do all sorts of problems in the vehicle.

The problems have been so bad -- and replacement parts became so hard to find -- that a class-action lawsuit was filed against Chrysler focusing on the 2011-2012 Durango. The lawsuit accuses the automaker of ignorning the problem until it spiraled out of control.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Dodge Durango Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 222016


  • 80,000 miles


The airbag light came on for approximately 3 weeks along with audible alarm for the airbag light then it went off.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #8

Feb 092016


  • 63,000 miles
My 2012 Dodge Durango has faulty wiring that is causing my air bags to not work. If the faulty wiring is not replaced then the airbags can explode at any time while driving, I have a 100 mile warranty and Dodge is saying that they will not cover the faulty wiring that they installed. It will cost $1300 to have the defect fixed.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 302013


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. While driving at approximately 75 mph, the front air bag warning indicator illuminated intermittently. The contact also stated that the tail and headlights failed to illuminate without warning and the radio screen failed to illuminate. The failures recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V115000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was approximately 65,000.

- Fort Vally, GA, USA

problem #6

Jul 252015


  • 18,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. Without warning, the driver side air bag deployed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V115000 (electrical system) but was unable to determine when the part would become available for months to schedule the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000.

- Richfield, MN, USA

problem #5

Jan 062015


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving at 45 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but the vehicle accelerated independently. As a result, the vehicle crashed into trees and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact did not sustain any injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V1540000 (service brakes, service brakes, hydraulic). The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Eagle River, AK, USA

problem #4

Oct 162014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Car battery is dead, battery is fine, possible faulty tipm.L

- Wallington, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 072014


  • miles


On Oct 7, 2014, my brother was coming home from work. It was raining that evening and a deer jumped out infront of him. Natural reaction, he swerved to miss the deer. The vehicle slid on the wet roads when he swerved, causing him to go head on into a stone "mountainside" wall. He was doing approximately 60mph upon impact. Not one of the 9 airbags deployed. The accident was so bad, it caused the floorboard where the gas and brake are to "buckle", the axle was completely ripped out, and the drivers wheel was completely ripped off, yet not one of the 9 airbags deployed. My brother ended up with cuts on his head and face, he had a severe concussion and there is a "lump" on the back of his neck that the hospital isn't sure if it is a bone that is "out of place" or just a lump that formed from being hit. He is not permitted to work for a few weeks. He was slurring words and not properly talking for 4 days after the accident. The hospital said it was from how hard he hit his head. Everyone who has seen the vehicle, including insurance adjustor said it is a wonder he wasn't killed, especially since the airbags never deployed. Yet, a friend of ours accidentally "tapped" a guardpost while parking and all his airbags in his Durango deployed. I guess you have to be going slow for Durango airbags to deploy"? how can they deploy in one that barely taps a parking post, but a 60mph crash, not one deploys"

- Charleroi, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 152014

Durango 6-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
The airbag light for the front drivers and passenger airbags was intermittently turning on and off. We took the vehicle to a Dodge dealership for service on August 20, yet the light wasn't on at the time and we were told they would not be able to diagnose the problem unless the light was on. The airbag light has been on consistently over the past month, took it into the same Dodge dealership service department, they said "confirmed air bag light on for B1C29 left side seat thorax squib circuit open. Performed wire repairs to left air bag wire jumper harness between R5 and R7." We were billed $299.50 for repairs. The vehicle is a 2012 model and we feel this shouldn't have been an issue with the vehicle being 2 years old.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 292014


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle crashed into another vehicle. The airbags did not deploy. There was 1 injury. A police report was filed. The vehicle was completely destroyed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The manufacturer was notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 23,000.

- Farmington , NM, USA

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