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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1998 Dodge Ram Van 1500

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1998 Dodge Ram Van 1500, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: SAFETY BELT CINCHING LATCH PLATE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02082

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: November 06, 2002
    • Date Closed: April 23, 2003
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Seat Belts

    Summary: There are no injuries or fatalities associated with this alleged defect.while conducting this investigation, ODI found that the subject cinches meet the load bearing requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208, and that many of the reported failures were due to incorrect child safety seat installations. Additionally, the report rate is low (1.60/100K).the information available fails to establish the existence of a defect trend at this time.further allocation of Agency resources to this issue is unwarranted and the preliminary evaluation is being closed.

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