really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 1
Average Mileage:
23,714 miles

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2003 Dodge Neon seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 062016


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owned a 2003 Dodge Neon. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact crashed into a guardrail. Neither of the front air bags deployed. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to an impound yard. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Gloversville, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 082014


  • miles
The driver's side airbag deployed aggressively, with possible metallic shrapnel or fragment intrusion into the driver's body, because the driver sustained a complete transection of the right main bronchus - either from metal debris or from an over-aggressive inflation that caused severe blunt trauma to the chest.

- Coral Gables, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 182010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Neon. The driver was driving at an unknown speed when a vehicle crashed into the side of his vehicle at a high rate of speed. None of the air bags deployed. The police arrived and advised that all of the air bags should have deployed based on the impact. The police had to cut the driver from the vehicle. The driver was killed upon impact. The vehicle was being investigated by the state's traffic investigation department. The VIN was not available. The current and failure mileages were unknown.

- Terris, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 292004

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


I had a collision in my vehicle the front end was smashed in. (the vehicle was considered totaled by the insurance company.) the airbags (passenger and driver) did not deploy causing injury to me and my passenger. I was traveling approx. 25 or 30 mph. According to police on the scene the airbags should have deployed.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 242004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling 45 mph consumer's vehicle rear ended another vehicle. Upon impact, neither of the air bags deployed. Consumer spoke to the manufacturer, but the only response he received was a letter denying the claim that collision was offset.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #2

Sep 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles
I was in a small collision at the speed of 10 mph or less. I rear ended a Ford F150 truck because my brakes skided on the road, my 2003 Neon fishtailed, and I hit the bumper of the truck. My right headlight was smashed, and my radiator was also broken. After 3 minutes my engine caught on fire, and my entire car was engulfed in fire within 5 minutes after the collision. My airbag on both driver and passenger side did not go off, I didn't hit the truck at a highspeed, yet my car went up in flames. Everything in the car was melted, and I think this car is very unsafe. Had I hit a truck or been hit by another large or small car, I hate to wonder what would of happened then. Would I of made it out in time before it caught on fire, or would it blow up on impact?! Neons are not safe, and I think this car will catch on fire at any speed. I have pictures of the car that shows the damage from the collision, and you wouldn't ever think the small damage could catch this car on fire.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 162003


  • miles
2003 Dodge Neon hit deer at 65 mph, deer hit front left fender before bouncing off windshield. Glass turned into tiny shards of razor sharp glass (I though safety glass was supposed to turn into little cubes and not razors). Air bags did not deploy. This is more of a question than a complaint.

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

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