really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,392 miles

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 132007

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,526 miles


The vehicle was going approximately 55mph when it collided head on with a cow. The driver side frontal air bags deployed. The driver's legs were injured by the cover of the lower air bag.

- Gowanda, NY, USA

problem #3

May 242007

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,243 miles
The knee blocker airbag in my 05 Dodge Grand Caravan opened in a frontal collision. The airbag is behind a steel plate hinged at the bottom of the dash. Attached to this plate is the hard plastic panel. The airbag propelled this plate and panel into my shins, disabling me, and when I brought my legs back from the pain, the hard plastic panel dropped in front of my legs and prevented me from returning my feet to the brake. Had I been suffering from osteoporosis my legs would have been shattered and I could not have stopped my van, had it continued to roll after the initial collision.

- Lethbridge, Alberta , 00, USA

problem #2

May 242007

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
In the 05 and newer Dodge/Chrysler cars and minivans, there is a "knee blocker" airbag system installed on the driver's side below the steering column, that is defective in design and in it's intended use. The lower dash panel is attached to a metal frame that is hinged at the bottom and behind that is the airbag that deploys at just under 200 mph. When the airbag inflates in an accident, this hard plastic reinforce panel will slam down on a driver's legs causing injury. But that's not all... when the driver's legs are struck, the first instinct is for the driver to recoil and bring their legs away from the cause of the pain. When they do this, this panel drops in front of the legs and now the driver cannot get their feet back to the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. If their vehicle continues to roll, there is a danger of a further collision with the driver having little control. One last consideration, is the potential for significant injury to diabetics (lower limbs are susceptible to lower leg problems, and those with osteoporosis who likely would have broken lower limbs.

- Lethbridge, Alberta , 00, USA

problem #1

Feb 032006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,800 miles
This is a copy of an email I sent to Chrysler concerning an accident on 2-3-06 my wife was involved in. Chrysler held up repairs and sent a "special investigator" to look at the van. To make a long story short Chrysler now says the air bag worked as designed and they are denying our claim. We are getting the run around on the phone and Chrysler will not discuss it with us now. All I was asking was for them to recall this feature and make it deploy to cause less injury and or disable it on our van. Thank you jimmy sutherland my wife was involved in an accident in our 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan, all the air bags deployed and I was impressed with the way the vehicle performed with exception to the drivers knee airbag. This airbag is located under the steering column and behind both a metal and plastic dashplate, when deployed these dashplates were forced into my wife's lower legs causing injuries from the knees down. No other injuries were suffered by anyone in either vehicle other than these leg injuries. This leads me to believe that if this air bag wasn't there she would have had no injuries either. Or if this air bag was installed similar to the drivers steering wheel air bag and not behind the two plates then no injuries would have been suffered. I have pictures if you would like to view a sample at this link www.rebelwithaclue.com/cindys%20accident.jpg I have always been pleased with the Dodge product I do own a 2000 Dakota quad cab along with the 2005 Grand Caravan and these are not our first Dodge. I would hate for them to be our last because of this airbag situation, my wife is now afraid because of the injuries and wonders what could have happened if it had been at high speed. Amputation? I hope not. I usually would not suggest disabling a safety device but I feel this would be safer if disabled. Thank you jimmy sutherland.

- Clovis, NM, USA

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