really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,221 miles

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Sep 062003

Ram 2500

  • miles


My greatest fear is that because the dashboards of these vehicles are so fragile, if the airbag deploys during an accident the fragments would be deadly. My dash is already cracked and tiny shards blow through the vents when the blower is on. It's dangerous and the dashboard issue has been going on for a long time with these vehicles. Something needs to be done.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #24

Jul 102015

Ram 2500

  • 98,000 miles
I was driving home when I ran into some bumpy roads and I looked at my passenger side airbag control module in the dash and it was gone. The whole inner dash was broke loose and plastic parts were falling onto the floorboard. I've E-mailed Dodge and haven't received anything back from them yet. The dealership says it could be from $1000 to $7000 to fix. It had a few cracks in it before but now it seams to be just falling to pieces. I believe this could cause my airbags to deploy at any minute and this is a safety issue. In an accident how could you tell if the airbag deployed before or after the incident" could the airbag cause an accident? Dodge says it's out of warranty and I will have to fix it myself. I think with all the dash issues, Dodge should at least bare some of the responsibility. They won't even tell me if my truck is safe to drive" so it sets in back yard.

- Wittmann, AZ, USA

problem #23

Sep 272012

Ram 2500

  • 202,000 miles
Air bags did not deploy on impact (dead stop) when trucks front end struck a tree.

- Pryor, OK, USA

problem #22

Jan 012010

Ram 2500

  • 145,000 miles


2001 Dodge Ram 2500. Dash is falling apart. Cracking in serveral places. Am concerned this is going to cut wires or interfere with passenger airbag deployment.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #21

May 032008

Ram 2500

  • 100,000 miles
Air bag light is on and can't get it out. And the doors are all rotted on the bottom and is the only thing that rotted on my truck I take good care of my truck. And that is a big disappointment in this truck. And the front end that's hard to keep up with. I only have 118000 on it. And know the motor will go a long ways the cummins 25 valve.

- Dudley, MA, USA

problem #20

Mar 062009

Ram 2500

  • 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 #19

Jun 202007

Ram 2500 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,900 miles


I went out to my truck the other day and noticed a large crack in the dashboard. I know that there were countless people with the same problem as myself. This problem could potentailly cause a problem with the airbag system. In an accident, the airbag could be ripped by the failing dashboard as it deployed.

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #18

May 242006

Ram 2500 6-cyl Diesel

  • 74,000 miles
: the contact stated the driver side tire blew out and the driver side fender was damaged. After the incident, the ABS system, and emergency brake lights illuminated on the dash board. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer who determined the clock spring needed to be replaced. There is a NHTSA recall, #01V153000, regarding the airbags. The VIN was not included in the recall according to the manufacturer. There is now a problem with the anti-lock brake system. While traveling 60-65mph, the brakes were applied and all four tires locked resulting in tire smoke. The vehicle was driven to the service dealer where it is now being inspected. There were no warning indicators present at the time of the incident.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #17

Jan 012003

Ram 2500 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 #16

Mar 172005

Ram 2500 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 #15

Feb 232004

Ram 2500

  • 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 #14

Aug 152003

Ram 2500

  • 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 #13

Jun 282001

Ram 2500

  • 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 #12

Nov 062002

Ram 2500 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

problem #11

Sep 262002

Ram 2500

  • miles
I sent an email to glen hartzeim of hartzeim Dodge on 9/30/02 stating what happened and if he could direct me on what course of action to take.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 062001

Ram 2500

  • miles
Prior to the recall the clock spring was fixed. Consumer is seeking reimbursement for the cost of repair.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #9

Apr 112002

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dodge Ram 1500 series.the vehicle was involved in a front collision at 25-35 mph. Upon impact neither air bag deployed causing the passenger to hit head on the dash. Damage to vehicle unknown at this time. Nlm

- Grayson, GA, USA

problem #8

Dec 252001

Ram 2500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Edge of the hwy gave way, forcing the vehicle into a brick wall, neither airbag deployed, causing damage to the left ribs from impact with the steering wheel.

- Etowah, TN, USA

problem #7

Jul 162001

(reported on)

Ram 2500

  • miles
Consumer received a recall notice, and made an appointment six days in advance, however when he arrived he was informed that his appointment could not be honored because the dealership had a few projects that went over due.

- Okemos, MI, USA

problem #6

Jun 012001

Ram 2500

  • miles
Consumer received a safety recall notification, to have clockspring replaced, however consumer was informed by dealerhsip that they did not have the part.

- Imperial, CA, USA

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