really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,314 miles

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2003 Dodge Stratus seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 112012

Stratus 4-cyl

  • 114,150 miles


While driving my 2003 Dodge Stratus, I was in the process of turning and I heard a kind of snap and then I felt and heard a grinding in my steering wheel. For about a week whenever I had to make a turn there was this noise list a spring was caught and almost would get caught and I would have to quickly jerk the steering wheel so it wouldn't get stuck and keep me from turning. My airbag light came on and stays on, so it won, T deploy in an accident, my horn doesn't work, and I lost function of my speed control. I was told this is my clockspring. This faulty clockspring was recalled in many Dodge vehicles but has yet to be recalled in my vehicle. See safety recall no. B24 (11/01/2002) for 1998 Dodge vehicles but Dodge continued to use these faulty clocksprings that in fact should have a lifetime warranty.

- Alpine, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 132015


  • miles
The contact owned a 2003 Dodge Stratus. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, another vehicle lost control and crashed head on into the contact's vehicle. The air bags deployed shattering the contact's sternum, which required medical attention. The driver and passenger of the other vehicle sustained lacerations to the face and a fractured leg which needed medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 072015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Stratus. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V338000 (air bags) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Reading, PA, USA

problem #6

Nov 252011


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owned a 2003 Dodge Stratus. The contact's vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle while stopped at a traffic light. As a result, the contact's vehicle crashed into the preceding vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. There were no injuries sustained and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Fairview , TN, USA

problem #5

Jan 302014

Stratus 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I was backing out of parking space when I heard a cracking noise when I turned the steering wheel.then the airbag light came on.then I noticed the horn did not work. Upon investigation on the internet I am 100% convinced that the clock spring has broken.further investigation shows there is a recall on Chrysler-Dodge clock springs but only on certain year-models which doesn't make sense. The year or model of the vehicle is irrelevant if the clock spring part in question (the one in the recall) was/is still being installed on vehicles not in the recall like mine a 2003 Dodge Stratus a little investigation on your end will clearly show this to be the case. I'd be willing to bet that my clock spring has the same manufacturing numbers as the recalled clock springs.

- Willmar, MN, USA

problem #4

Dec 192006

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Stratus. The vehicle veered off the road and rolled over. The air bags did not deploy. The contact sustained multiple injuries. As a result of the injuries she did not have full recollection of the incident and could not provide any details of the accident or the damage to the vehicle. A police was report was filed. The failure mileage was 63,000 and the current mileage was unavailable.

- Sweet Holm, OR, USA

problem #3

Nov 062007

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,775 miles


1. I took my car to have the oil changed. 2. engine light came on & was reset. 3. fuel pump needs replacing. I only have 57K miles and there is a recall on other models (03V443000). I also have the airbag light on which is identified as the clockspring and has also been recalled in other similar models. Neither of these are shown as recalled on my vehicle.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #2

Mar 062004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought my Dodge Stratus in Feb. Of 2004, it is a 2003. Since then it has been in the shop 5 times due to the motor in the window going out, the air conditioning going out, the cruise control went out, the cd player is not functioning correctly and now the safety feature (air bag system) is failing as well. I have owned other cars in the past with higher miles than this vehicle and I never had the problems that I am having with this one. I am upset with this vehicle. I feel that buying a newer car with low miles should leave the buyer feeling happy and safe with their decision. However, I am neither happy with this vehicle and I do not feel safe in this vehicle knowing now that there is something wrong with my air bag system. The service department has fixed most of the problems so far (they are unable to get the air bag system looked for a few days...so much for safety matters!). I am extremely unhappy with this vehicle and with the Chrysler (Dodge) company.

- Elko, NV, USA

problem #1

Nov 282003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,900 miles
Steering column makes a popping noise. Airbag light comes on and is in-operative according to Dodge dealer. Cruise control is also in-operative. When asked about the safety of driving vehicle without an operative airbag they replied "if you are so concerned with safety, then park the car and don't drive it." Notice on websites there are re-calls issued for other vehicles with same defect but none on Stratus at this time. Dealer was very rude when notified of problem and charged $60 to verify the problem, when I informed them what it was to begin with.

- Hays, KS, USA

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