really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,289 miles

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2004 Dodge Neon seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #6

May 242013


  • 65,000 miles


On May 24, 2013 I was driving home from work with another employee. We were going approximately 60 mph on a highway, it was 12:15 in the morning, and it was raining. I was driving in the center lane when my passenger yelled out that the semi truck next to us was merging over into our lane and was about to hit us. I tried to move over into the third, left lane to avoid getting hit by the truck, but as soon as I did the car lost control. It started to fish tail and ended up hitting the center wall on the driver's side and then got shot across the highway and into the semi truck we were trying to avoid. The car hit the semi truck at an angle so the entire passengers side was hit and crushed, including part of the front of the car. I blacked out as soon as we hit because my head hit the top of the passenger's side doorway. I only know this because I had two large goose eggs on the right side of my head and a while after the accident we went to go see the car and a large chunk of my hair was hanging from the doorway. This is where the seat belt complaint comes in. My seat belt did not seize up during the collision and I suffered serious injuries including a concussion, broken rib, collapsed lung, hole in my lung, and lacerated liver. My passenger also suffered extremely serious injuries including concussion, both lung collapsed, multiple broken ribs, lacerated liver, broken pelvis, and broken hips. She was in the hospital for over 2 months and is still unable to walk. I make this complaint for the seat belts because I do not believe our injuries would have been as serious had they worked properly. Also, the airbags should have gone off at some point with the side frontal damage at the very least. I am uncertain whether my car had side airbags but if they did, they definitely should have deployed. I would like this issue looked into and some resolve to come from it.

- Parma Heights, OH, USA

problem #5

Jul 022011


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Neon SXT. The contact stated while driving approximately 65 mph, and dodging a fallen mattress from another vehicle, she swerved and then crashed into the rear of another vehicle. Upon impact, none of the air bags deployed. The driver sustained minor injuries from the seat belt, the driver of the other vehicle was injured and transported to the hospital via ambulance. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and was pending an investigation. The failure and current miles were approximately 97,000.

- Jacksonville, AL, USA

problem #4

Jul 112009


  • 61,000 miles
I have a 2004 Dodge Neon SXT 4door. I was hit by a Buick on the front right side and my car spun, my stomach went into the steering wheel. I was told that if I did not have my seatbelt on I would have gone through the wind shield. After I was hit I tried opening the driver side door and it could barley open. My air bags did not deploy at the impact I was hit. But I was hit very hard and my whole front end is pushed in. I am basically writing to you about my air bags.

- Fairview, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jan 162007

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,504 miles


- the contact stated that while driving his 2004 Dodge Neon down hill at a speed of 40 mph, he tried to apply the breaks and the brakes seized, rear ending another vehicle. The contact stated that the hood of the vehicle was crushed, as well as, the engine falling out of the vehicle. At the time of the incident contact stated that his head struck the steering wheel and the air bags didn't deploy. The failure mileage was 38504. The contact can provide a copy of police report and pictures if needed. Updated 2/16/2007 -

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 062005

Neon 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,232 miles
I fish tailed at approximately 65 - 70 mph when the left side of car went straight toward median, the vehicle impact was at 55-60 mph on the front driver side, allowing the car to be airborne. The car rolled several times, until it stopped on the driver side facing down. Air bags both front and both side never deployed.

- Vista, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 252004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My car, a 1998 Plymouth Neon, was recently in an accident....the car was totaled with major front end damage.. however neither of the two air bags deployed despite the impact. I would like this investigated.

- Bronx, NY, USA

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