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Dodge Dakota 2006
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
Apr 05, 2010
Location:
Hollywood, MD

my turn signals and windshield wipers do not work all the time. it occurs at random times and i can temporarily fix it by adjusting the steering column. *tr

Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Dodge Ram 2500 2006
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
Apr 23, 2012
Location:
Floral City, FL

the windshield wipers failed completely while driving at night on interstate 77 in the rain at approx. 10 pm. the wipers started slowing down and stopped completely in less than a minute. despite heavy truck traffic i was very fortunate to get my vehicle safely off the interstate at an exit just south of charleston, wv. the experience was terrifying. i took the vehicle to a certified mechanic who told me that the wiper motor had burned out and also burned out the electrical power management module. this vehicle has no fuses or relays to protect this system. the total repair cost was $1260. this is inexcusable. the wipers are an important safety feature of the vehicle and should not fail during the normal life of the vehicle. the cost to repair was ridiculous. the wiper motor was less than $200 but the power management module was over $800. this is an exceptionally poorly designed system. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 93000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):3D7KR26C66G. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 65 mph.

Dodge Grand Caravan 2005
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
May 06, 2009
Location:
Plano, TX

the headlights and parking lights started to randomly turn on and off. now the parking lights won't go off and the headlights will not go on. no matter how many times i flip the switch. this is awful and dangerous, as i can't drive at night. the windshield wipers also will not turn on. this is ridiculous and i can't find any help. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Dodge Grand Caravan 2008
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
May 27, 2012
Location:
Hahira, GA

upon start of vehicle, wipers turned on(switch pos off), washer fluid sprayed(button not pressed), horn sounded (not pressed), could not get it to stop. started vehicle, continued to do all three, vehicle placed in drive, would not shift out of 1st gear. shut vehicle off, started again, same things. in days prior to this incident, the vehicle would stall unexpectedly, fortunately while approaching stop sign, or stop light and not on highway, resulted in loss of power steering, and all engine/speed indication. dodge dealership in valdosta duplicated problems, replaced $500 electrical box. been two days since repair, no repeats yet. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 80000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):2D8HN54X18R. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 0 mph.

Dodge Grand Caravan 1996
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
May 15, 2012
Location:
Ridge, NY

the windshield wipers would not work, then every once in a while they will. i had them checked and the vehicle needs a 500 dollar body control module. it seems this is a very common failure, and in my opinion a defect! *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 97500 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1B4GP54L5TB. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 10 mph.

Dodge Ram 1500 2009
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
June 29, 2012
Location:
Leander, TX

tl* the contact owns a 2009 dodge ram 1500. the contact stated that while exiting the vehicle, he heard a loud knocking noise coming from behind the dashboard. an authorized dealer was notified and the contact was informed that there was an issue with the windshield wiper motor. the vehicle was previously repaired under nhtsa campaign id number 09v084000 (visibility:windshield wiper/washer:motor) however, the failure recurred. the dealer advised the contact that they would not perform the recall repairs a second time free of charge. the manufacturer offered no assistance. the failure mileage was 46,500. the vin was unavailable.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 46500 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 0 mph.

Dodge Caravan 1997
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
July 09, 2012
Location:
Colorado Springs, CO

tl* the contact owns a 1997 dodge caravan. the contact stated while driving 25 mph, the power steering failed and the windows became foggy, causing very dangerous conditions for the driver. the vehicle was taken to a personal mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the serpentine belt needed to be replaced; however the contact had just replaced the serpinitine belt 2,000 miles prior. the manufacturer was notified, but offered no assistance. the vehicle had not been repaired. the failure and current mileages were 114,000.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 114000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1B4GP44R5VB. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 25 mph.

Dodge Ram 1500 1996
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
May 25, 2012
Location:
Flat Rock, NC

in the 1994-2001 model year dodge ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks there is no relay in the wiring circuitry use for the headlights. when the ram was redesigned in 1994, the engineers did not find it necessary to change the 40-year old design for the headlight system; feeling only the need to use a larger gauge wire to handle the excessive heat of the halogen bulbs. unfortunately, neither the wires nor the switch or internal rheostat (for the instrument panel lighting) could handle this load and the following near tragic even has been an all too common occurrence. a recall (or at the very least a tsb has been issued for the 3500 model dodge rams, which are comprised of the exact same switch and wiring, but nothing has been noted about the 1500 or 2500 models. i cannot understand this, and this is the very reason i feel compelled to be writing this complaint in the first place. one night i was driving along the freeway at about 55-mph when the headlight switch, relay and connected wiring all became overheated, causing them to melt. becoming frantic, i was able to quickly wiggle the dimmer switch (combination/turn signal switch), then the headlight switch until i got them to come back on. during that episode i had them go out on me about 4 times that i recall. currently the vehicle remains unfixed and is not drivable at night. being a mechanic, my first thought was to check the relays and fuses to see if they were blown or bad. to my dismay, i could not find any relays! this was how i discovered, through some online research, about the recurring problem with the headlight switch- how i was not alone in this situation and the rest of the aforementioned paragraph. i will gladly be available for phone calls, questions, and to take pictures of the parts in question. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 141000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1B7HF16Z7TJ. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 cylinders. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 55 mph.

Dodge Durango 2002
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
Jan 02, 2009
Location:
Bozeman, MT

purchased a used 2002 dodge durango with 70k miles. vehicle was under limited warranty. drivers power window fell into the door at highway speed, nearly causing an accident just from the shock. went to dealership, was told it was an electrical issue, so not under warranty. took it to a private mechanic, $500 to replace the regulator. a few months later, passenger side fails, took it to a different dealership, was told it was a plastic pulley that failed, would have been under warranty, but my warranty just expired. another $500. driver side failed again a few months later, started calling dodge and complaining, nothing they could do they said. learned how to replace myself, 3 times drivers side rear regulator, 2 times passenger rear regulator, 3 times drivers front, 2 times passenger front. now three are broken again, the replacement part is the same plastic junk. i am tired of replacing them. dodge has told me that it has been to long and they will not be able to assist me, but can sell me the parts...again.. i have been told that cold weather, slamming the doors, over use of windows, could all be contributing issues. in other words, human error. this is not the case in my garaged full leather showroom quality vehicle. google dodge window regulators, you will find pages of complaints. wish i would have bought a car that doesnt need to be at 86 degrees constantly, that could go down a bumpy road, that i could roll down the windows more than twice a day (because that is what they recommend), could shut the doors without fear of slamming them, didnt have tape on the windows to hold them up, could go through a drive through with my door closed, and didnt cost me over $3000 in window parts. this is a safety issue as you will find if your going down the highway and your window instantly falls into your door. shame on dodge for not making this issue right. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 76000 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 65 mph.

Dodge Ram 1500 2009
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
May 15, 2012
Location:
Temple, TX

the doors that switch the air up to the windshield or to your feet or face started flapping back anfourth and then stuck ion blowing on your feet never switching again. then before i could get back to the dealership to get fixed the whole hvac system quit working all except the fan switch, it still blows on your feet. when the system quit it also stopped my automatic headlight on switch to quit. you can't defrost the windshield how is that not safe. the truck had about 50000 miles when these started happen. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 50000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1D3HB13T19S. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 cylinders. Dodge RAM 1500 2009 Drive type:RWD. Fuel type: gas.

Dodge Ram 2500 2004
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
June 18, 2012
Location:
Collinsville, IL

tl* the contact owns a 2004 dodge ram 2500. the contact stated that the defrost system did not function. as a result, the contact was unable to defrost the windshield. the failure led to reduced visibility. the vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. the failure mileage was 135,000. the vin was unavailable.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 135000 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Dodge Nitro 2008
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
July 10, 2009
Location:
Renton, WA

my 2008 dodge nitro, while driving on hwy, 60-65 mph, out of nowhere the vehicle powers down. the windshield wipers spray out fluid and moves back and forward. the horn continues to make noise. my satellite radio has no signal. my driver side window button has some kind of short when trying to roll it up.this issue has been going shortly after purchasing the truck. no one seems to know what is wrong. at first dodge chapman in vegas, they thought reprogramming the remote key. then i paid over $600,to lithia dodge in renton, wa because they thought it was something with the fuel tank. but no this issue continues to go. it is beginning to be a safety issue shutting down in the middle of the highway with my kids and me in the car. so i google if anyone else is having this problem and yes it appears problem has arised and it lies with the tipm. this product was recall on the 2007 dodge nitro. i took my truck into the dealership 7/18/12. told them what to check, because i brought the truck there before and they couldn't find the problem. i told them to check the tipm. the service department called me today 7/20/12 and tells me yes, it is the tipm (totally integrated power module). please help. i called dodge customer service and they are looking into this, but states there is no recall on this issue with the year of my vehicle. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1D8GT28K78W. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 40 mph.

Dodge Caravan 2000
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
June 14, 2011
Location:
Montgomery Village, MD

tl* the contact owns a 2000 dodge caravan. the contact stated that the driver side visor was loose and hung over the steering wheel, blocking the contact's vision of the roadway and causing difficulty in steering attempts. the contact crashed into a curve because of the failure. as a result, the front passenger side tire exploded and damage was caused to the vehicle. the vehicle was not inspected or repaired. the vin was not available. the failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 110,000.

Vehicle was involved in a crash. 0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 100000 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Dodge Journey 2009
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
Oct 03, 2011
Location:
York, PA

i purchased a 2009 dodge journey (vin: [xxx]) on september 19, 2011 from the stetler dodge car dealership in york, pa. it was a certified pre-owned car. since that day i bought the car i have been back there over 4 times for various problems. the first time was about 2 weeks after i purchased the car (10/3/11), but this last time was it for me. the car makes a hissing noise when i press the brakes, not all of the times but a lot. during the winter months, i hadn't noticed anything else occurring along with the noise, but i had still taken it back to the dealership not long after i bought the car. i was told that it was nothing because they couldn't hear the sound. so, when it got very hot, i turned the air conditioner on in the car. i noticed that if i take a long trip, about an hour or so drive on the highway, a fume/gas smell is released into the car when the air it on. i took it to the dealership on 7/10/12 for this issue. they couldn't get the smell to occur, but i told them that it happened after i took long trips. there is also a grinding/humming noise that occurs sometimes while driving and it happened twice when they were driving it with me in the car, but they don't know what the problem is they say. i was told to bring it back if the problem got worse, even though i had already told them it was already getting worse, that's why i took it in. the steering wheel shakes when i press the brakes. the brakes and rotors are not good. the gear shift moves easily without the brake being pressed so it will go into park while driving. the car finally stalled while driving on july 25, 2012. it's in the shop again. they say a box or case is leaking badly and needs to be replaced. countless other problems but not enough character space allotted to tell. i have 3 pages of problems. scared to drive this car. want my money back now. help! information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u.s.c. 552(b)(6). *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 34936 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):3D4GH57V29T. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Fuel type: gas.

Dodge Ram 2500 2008
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
July 20, 2012
Location:
Anchorage, AK

i was driving down the highway and about 10pm it was raining had wipers on in medium speed wipers kept stopping. had a lot of cars passing by me on coming lane and they would flash their lights to me to indicate my light was off but the switch is turn on in low beam position. had some friends following me that day as well and they told me that my brake light was not working nor my lights.. the following wednesday which would be july 25 2012 i took my truck to the dealership i bought from ,but all the lights work except for the cargo light and the low windshield wiper warning kept coming on.. the truck has been in there for a week now and on wednesday august 1 2012 i called the dealership to see what is wrong with my truck and the said the tipm has been fried and all the headlights, brake lights, turn signals and wipers does not work any more they have to replace the tipm. i only had the truck for one week and this went out already. it's not good dodge or chrysler should come up with something else so all the safety things don't fail all at once. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 75560 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):3D7KS29A98G. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 6 cylinders. Fuel type: diesel. Vehicle Speed: 70 mph.

Dodge Ram 1500 2004
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
July 26, 2012
Location:
North Hollywood, CA

upon starting the vehicle, i turned the climate control to the defrost setting. after 5 minutes, no air was blowing to the windshield, only from the dash vents. no floor air, no defroster air, only dash vent air. temperature adjusted from warm to cold just fine, however. i called the dealership that i purchased the vehicle from, was told to bring the truck in for a diagnosis at a fee to provide an estimate. i called a second dealership, was told by the service manager that by my description, the "recirc" door and "mode 1" door needed replacement. the "mode 2" door might also need replacement, but that my "blend" door is working. the estimated cost to repair would be around $1300.00 to get my defroster functioning again. i asked if this was a common issue, he said it was very common. i asked if there was a recall on this issue, he replied that there were no recalls for comfort features, that he was aware of. i would think that the defroster was a safety issue for visibility while driving. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 70295 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1D7HU18D54S. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 8 cylinders. Dodge RAM 1500 2004 Drive type:4WD. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 0 mph.

Dodge Caliber 2008
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
July 27, 2012
Location:
Fanwood, NJ

while driving on an interstate at 60 miles per hour at night in a heavy rain, my windshield wipers suddenly stopped working. i could not see but i luckily stopped on the shoulder. after several minutes the wipers started up. i traveled 20-30 minutes and it happened again. after pulling over and waiting several minutes, they restarted. i drove off and soon it happened for a third time. after waiting several minutes, the rain stopped and i traveled home. this failure is very similar to the cause listed in the 2008 jeep liberty recall due to a defective windshield wiper motor. i am being charged $343 by a dealer to replace the wiper motor. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 24102 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1B3HB78K48D. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 cylinders. Fuel type: gas. Vehicle Speed: 60 mph.

Dodge Grand Caravan 2008
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
Aug 18, 2012
Location:
Johnson City, NY

tl* the contact owns a 2008 dodge grand caravan. the contact stated that she attempted to unlock the vehicle with a new key fob however, the vehicle would not unlock. after the contact was able to enter the vehicle, the vehicle could not be started. the contact had to tap the fuse box to turn on the vehicle. the windshield wipers then engaged independently with wiper fluid gushing out. the failure recurred frequently as the horn sounded independently as well. the contact stopped and turned off vehicle but the failures persisted. the contact had to tap on the fuse box to have the windshield wipers and horn stop. the fuse box was located under the hood on the driver's side near the battery. the vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure however, no assistance was provided. the current and failure mileage was 93,496.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 93496 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):1D8HN54P78B. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Dodge Ram 2500 2001
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
June 01, 2002
Location:
Cornelius, NC

tl* the contact owns a 2001 dodge ram 2500 pick up. the contact stated that while driving at various speeds the window fogged up and contact was unable to defrost the window causing his visibility to be blocked. the contac mentioned that the air conditioner only worked on the bottom vents. the failure recurred four times. the vehicle was taken to dealer who diagnose that the link for the blend air door fracture. as a result, the a/c heater blend door needed to be replaced. also, the dashboard developed a cracked which was cause by the repairs done. the manufacturer was made aware who did not offer any assistance. the failure mileage was 12,000 and the current mileage was 38,000.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 12000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):3B7KF23621G. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Dodge Ram 1500 2006
Chrysler Group Llc
Safety incident date:
Sept 01, 2012
Location:
Hilo, HI

the windshield wipers just stop working. it would occasionally work at times but it wouldn't correspond to the correct speed. you can put the wipers on the fastest setting and it will only work on the slowest setting or just work intermittently and sometimes not work at all. this seems to be a common problem with other owners of the 2006 dodge ram 1500 and maybe it is a defective control module or defective fuse box. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died.Mileage was 140000 miles. Vehicle was not using anit-lock brakes. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle Speed: 0 mph.


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