really awful
Crashes / Fires:
25 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
23 / 1
Average Mileage:
42,532 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #36

Sep 202008

Ram 1500

  • 119,000 miles


I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 (sport) and for no apparent reason, my dash started cracking and has gotten worse as time goes. Chunks have fallen out, and not only am I worried about the heat from the sun destroying the wires under my dash (brake lights, turn signals, etc) it also provides sharp edges for my passenger side air bag to get snagged on and effect the deployment of it.

- Rathdrum , ID, USA

problem #35

Mar 062009

Ram 1500

  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram. While driving approximately 35 mph on normal road conditions, the contact veered off the road to avoid striking a deer. Instead, the vehicle crashed into a tree. The air bags failed to deploy. The police and ambulance were called to the scene and a police report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and the front end was completely destroyed. The manufacturer was notified and the insurance company has not yet determined the cause of the air bag failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 94,000.

- Mt. Airy, NC, USA

problem #34

Feb 062009

Ram 1500

  • 40,000 miles
I have a 2001 Dodge 1500 pickup with a dashboard that is breaking apart and I'm concern with the sharp edges in the cab and how effective my airbag will be if deployed.

- Waxahachie, TX, USA

problem #33

Mar 252008

Ram 1500 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 and the dash has started cracking really bad. My only real problem with that, that if I happen to have an accident and the air bag is deplode is there a chance that it will either become airborn and fly with the air bag and become even more of a danger or if it will cut the airbag and make it non usable.I've talked with a few friends and all there dashes are the same way you would think that Dodge would have done something about this but I guess not..thanks

- Beaufort, SC, USA

problem #32

Mar 292007

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 55 mph in dry conditions the vehicle ahead suddenly came to a stop, and with no brake lights illuminating, the contact's vehicle struck the other vehicle from the rear and the air bags did not deploy. A police report was taken. The vehicle was towed to a garage, then towed to the insurance company inspection station. The insurance company stated that the vehicle was totaled. The manufacturer also inspected the vehicle and determined that the rate of deceleration required to activate the air bags was not present. The current and failure mileage were 75,000.

- Chipley , FL, USA

problem #31

Jun 282006

Ram 1500 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated that the passenger side air bag deployed and cracked the dashboard. There was no pre-braking occurred prior to the deployment. The vehicle did not encounter debris, potholes or anything else. The airbag warning light was not illuminated. The vehicle was taken into the dealer.

- Seneca, SC, USA

problem #30

Aug 262005

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I was involved in a crash on 8-26-05 / going West bound, and an East bound vehicle over corrected on a curve and hit my pick up at 30-35 mph in the front driver's side tire area, throwing us off the road and into a telephone pole - and neither of my airbags deployed. This caused injury to myself, and my daughter luckily just busted her lip on the dash.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #29

Jan 012003

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
On August 30, 2005 the caller's husband was involved in an accident while traveling 25 mph. Upon impact, the airbags did not deploy. The caller's vehicle hit a school bus. There was no indication that the air bag would not deploy. Caller's husband was injured. A police report was taken. The dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. Caller said a week before the wreck she had the vehicle at the dealer for brakes, she said the brakes locked and the tires made a screeching sound. She did not know if the brakes and the accident were connected. The consumer stated there was another accident prior in which the air bags did not deploy.

- Holt Summit, MO, USA

problem #28

Mar 172005

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The brake pedal went to the floor while traveling on the highway. This caused consumer's vehicle to rear end a tractor trailer, lost control of the vehicle, and flipped twice, landing on the shoulder of the highway. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained head and back injuries, and was transported by ambulance to a hospital. The vehicle was towed.

- White Oak, TX, USA

problem #27

Feb 232004

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Purchased vehicle 2003 with 32,000 miles. At 45,000 miles motor had to be rebuilt.new crankshaft, rod bearings, main bearings, oil pump. 2 days after picking up the truck after work was done, main seal went out and lost oil on highway on my way to work. Everything covered under warranty, but it's just the fact that the truck still has problems with such low mileage and year. Ongoing electrical problem. Fuse for climate control, air bags, ABS brakes, power windows, mirror defrost and reverse lights keeps blowing. Has blown 5 times in the past 3 months. Dealer replaces the fuse, says there is nothing wrong with it.

- Lebanon, IN, USA

problem #26

Feb 192004

Ram 1500

  • miles


While driving 65 mph consumer's vehicle collided with a truck. Upon impact, air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained minor injuries, and was transported to the hospital. Vehicle was towed to a body shop. The cause had not been determined.

- Morgan City, LA, USA

problem #25

Feb 232004

Ram 1500

  • miles
While driving 70 mph driver fell asleep at the wheel and hit another vehicle that was parked on the side of the shoulder of the highway. Upon impact, both air bags did not deploy. Driver's side seat belt snapped in half. Driver sustained head injuries and was transported by ambulance to a hospital. Vehicle was totaled.

- Kensett, AR, USA

problem #24

Aug 152003

Ram 1500

  • miles
When the vehicle was hit on N the front center of driver's side air bag did not deploy.as a result, the consumer sustained minor injuries. Dealer was notified.

- Haysville, KS, USA

problem #23

Apr 292003

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
Truck was traveling at approx 70 to 75 mph and slid causing lost controls. As truck hit head on into embankment and rolled at least once. Neither airbag deployed. This is a very sorrowful event for anyone and could cause problems for others in such situations. Please contact everyone and let them know of this type of incident.

- Depere, WI, USA

problem #22

Jun 282001

Ram 1500

  • 10,630 miles
Steering column problems have been reported 5 times, repaired 4 times in which the clock spring (safety recall 982) was replaced 2 times. Left outer mirror vibrates at highway speeds impairing visibility when merging with traffic. Truck is not safe for highway use. ***dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis***764311

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #21

Feb 202003

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • 45,000 miles
The clock spring needed to be replaced.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #20

Jan 052003

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer was in a collision and the air bags did not deploy. Dealer was contacted and stated that impact was not strong enough to activate the sensor for the air bags.

- Poynette, WI, USA

problem #19

Jun 302002

Ram 1500

  • 25,000 miles
While driving at 30/45 mph in a frontal collision, none of the airbags deployed upon impact. Vehicle was totaled.

- Conowingo, MD, USA

problem #18

Nov 272002

Ram 1500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,500 miles
Air bag didn't deploy, seatbelt didn't lock up.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #17

Nov 062002

Ram 1500 8-cyl

  • miles
The vehicle was hit at 25 mph in the front center the the air bags did not deploy causing minor injuries to the consumer. The dealer has been dealer notified.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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