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Dodge Caravan 2005
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
Sept 27, 2004
Location:
Manistee, MI

my mother was involved in an accident, driving at 23 mph in a chrysler minivan. she hit a telephone pole head on. the air bags deployed, although they did not touch my mother, she was wearing her seatbelt. when the knee airbag deployed however, the door covering it was what hit my mother in both her shins with the force of the air bag behind it! although it did not break any bones, the impact caused extensive bleeding and edema under the skin. she suffered a cracked rib and breast bone in the accident, which we all understand, but the added agony of having two extremely bruised and swollen legs (purple, green, red--with lime sized clots under the skin) from her knees to her ankles caused by this "safety device" is infuriating!!! where do i go for answers??? *nm

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 1 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Fuel type: gas. Dodge CARAVAN 2005 Air Bags Knee Bolster Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 23 mph. Dealer's name: Watsons . Dealer's city: Manistee . Dealer's state code: MI. Dealer's zipcode: 49660 .

Dodge Grand Caravan 2005
Daimlerchrysler Corporation
Safety incident date:
Feb 03, 2006
Location:
Clovis, NM

this is a copy of an email i sent to chrysler concerning an accident on 2-3-06 my wife was involved in. chrysler held up repairs and sent a "special investigator" to look at the van. to make a long story short chrysler now says the air bag worked as designed and they are denying our claim. we are getting the run around on the phone and chrysler will not discuss it with us now. all i was asking was for them to recall this feature and make it deploy to cause less injury and or disable it on our van. thank you jimmy sutherland my wife was involved in an accident in our 2005 dodge grand caravan, all the air bags deployed and i was impressed with the way the vehicle performed with exception to the drivers knee airbag. this airbag is located under the steering column and behind both a metal and plastic dashplate, when deployed these dashplates were forced into my wife's lower legs causing injuries from the knees down. no other injuries were suffered by anyone in either vehicle other than these leg injuries. this leads me to believe that if this air bag wasn't there she would have had no injuries either. or if this air bag was installed similar to the drivers steering wheel air bag and not behind the two plates then no injuries would have been suffered. i have pictures if you would like to view a sample at this link http://www.rebelwithaclue.com/cindys%20accident.jpg i have always been pleased with the dodge product i do own a 2000 dakota quad cab along with the 2005 grand caravan and these are not our first dodges. i would hate for them to be our last because of this airbag situation, my wife is now afraid because of the injuries and wonders what could have happened if it had been at high speed. amputation? i hope not. i usually would not suggest disabling a safety device but i feel this would be safer if disabled. thank you jimmy sutherland. *nm

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 1 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 35800 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1D4GP24R25B. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was purchased on June 20, 2005. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Dodge GRAND CARAVAN 2005 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Dodge GRAND CARAVAN 2005 Air Bags Knee Bolster Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 45 mph. Dealer's name: Bender Dodge . Dealer's city: Clovis . Dealer's state code: NM.

Dodge Grand Caravan 2006
Daimlerchrysler Corporation
Safety incident date:
May 26, 2006
Location:
Wellington, KS

during a recent accident in my 2006 dodge grand caravan, the deployment of the knee airbag caused substantial bruising and abrasions to my shins, and i expect to be permanently scarred as a result. were it not for the knee airbag, i would have walked away from the accident without a scratch. *jb

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 1 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 1000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2D4GP44L76R. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Apr 01, 2006. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Dodge GRAND CARAVAN 2006 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Dodge GRAND CARAVAN 2006 Air Bags Knee Bolster Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 20 mph.

Dodge Grand Caravan 2005
Daimlerchrysler Corporation
Safety incident date:
May 24, 2007
Location:
Lethbridge, Alberta, 00

in the 05 and newer dodge/chrysler cars and minivans, there is a "knee blocker" airbag system installed on the driver's side below the steering column, that is defective in design and in it's intended use. the lower dash panel is attached to a metal frame that is hinged at the bottom and behind that is the airbag that deploys at just under 200 mph. when the airbag inflates in an accident, this hard plastic reinforce panel will slam down on a driver's legs causing injury. but that's not all... when the driver's legs are struck, the first instinct is for the driver to recoil and bring their legs away from the cause of the pain. when they do this, this panel drops in front of the legs and now the driver cannot get their feet back to the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. if their vehicle continues to roll, there is a danger of a further collision with the driver having little control. one last consideration, is the potential for significant injury to diabetics (lower limbs are susceptible to lower leg problems, and those with osteoporosis who likely would have broken lower limbs. *tr

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 1 person(s) were injured. Mileage was 27000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2D4GP24R15R. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Dec 31, 2004. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Dodge GRAND CARAVAN 2005 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Dodge GRAND CARAVAN 2005 Air Bags Knee Bolster Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 30 mph.

Dodge Caravan 2006
Daimlerchrysler Corporation
Safety incident date:
Oct 19, 2007
Location:
Eden, NC

tl*the contact owns a 2006 dodge caravan. the contacts wife was involved in a crash while driving 20 mph. the air bags in the steering column deployed properly; however, the air bags underneath the steering column were obstructed by a piece of solid metal that fell on her legs. a police report was filed. the insurance adjuster stated that the failure could have caused serious injuries to her legs. the vehicle is currently being repaired. the failure and current mileages were 9,300. updated 12/12/2007 *bf updated 12/12/07 *tr

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 1 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 9300 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1D4GP25B36B. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Dec 28, 2006. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Dodge CARAVAN 2006 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Dodge CARAVAN 2006 Air Bags Knee Bolster Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 20 mph. Dealer's name: Tri- City Chrysler, Jeep ,dodge, Kia . Dealer's telephone number: 336-623-2186 . Dealer's city: Eden . Dealer's state code: NC. Dealer's zipcode: 27288 .

Dodge Grand Caravan 2005
Daimlerchrysler Corporation
Safety incident date:
May 24, 2007
Location:
Lethbridge, Alberta, 00

the knee blocker airbag in my 05 dodge grand caravan opened in a frontal collision. the airbag is behind a steel plate hinged at the bottom of the dash. attached to this plate is the hard plastic panel. the airbag propelled this plate and panel into my shins, disabling me, and when i brought my legs back from the pain, the hard plastic panel dropped in front of my legs and prevented me from returning my feet to the brake. had i been suffering from osteoporosis my legs would have been shattered and i could not have stopped my van, had it continued to roll after the initial collision. *jb

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 1 person(s) were injured. Mileage was 45243 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2D4GP24R15R. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Dec 31, 2004. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Dodge GRAND CARAVAN 2005 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Dodge GRAND CARAVAN 2005 Air Bags Knee Bolster Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 25 mph. Dealer's name: Bridge City Chrysler . Dealer's telephone number: 403-328-3325 . Dealer's city: Lethbridge, Alberta . Dealer's state code: 00. Dealer's zipcode: T1H 4T9 .

Dodge Grand Caravan 2005
Daimlerchrysler Corporation
Safety incident date:
Dec 13, 2007
Location:
Gowanda, NY

the vehicle was going approximately 55mph when it collided head on with a cow. the driver side frontal air bags deployed. the driver's legs were injured by the cover of the lower air bag. *tr

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 1 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 33526 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1D4GP24RX5B. Accident was reported to Police. Vehicle was purchased on Feb 15, 2006. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Dodge GRAND CARAVAN 2005 Drive type:FWD. Fuel type: gas. Dodge GRAND CARAVAN 2005 Air Bags Knee Bolster Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 50 mph.

Dodge Caliber 2008
Daimlerchrysler Corporation
Safety incident date:
Apr 01, 2008
Location:
Holmes, PA

was traveling 30 to 35 mph west on highway approaching intersection with green light, another 4 door sedan traveling east made left hand turn in front of my vehicle. the other vehicle was directly in front of my vehicle before it was seen, i slammed on the brakes and hit both doors of the other vehicle with the front end of my vehicle causing extensive front end damage. the vehicle is equipped with 2 front airbags and a knee airbag on the drivers side. none of the airbags deployed. *tr

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 2 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 3992 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1B3HB28B88D. Accident was reported to Police. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on Sept 29, 2007. Vehicle was using anit-lock brakes.Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Dodge CALIBER 2008 Drive type:FWD. Fuel System:Fuel injection. Fuel type: gas. Dodge CALIBER 2008 Air Bags Knee Bolster Transmission Type: AUTO. Vehicle Speed: 30 mph. Dealer's name: Family Dodge . Dealer's telephone number: 2154928600 . Dealer's city: Philadelphia . Dealer's state code: PA. Dealer's zipcode: 19153 .


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