2000 Dodge RAM 1500 Air Bags Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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2000 Dodge RAM 1500 Air Bags Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID659184
 Internal NHTSA #10214865
 ManufacurerDAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION
 BrandDODGE
 ModelRAM 1500
 Model Year2000
 File date17/03/03
 ComponentAIR BAGS
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemIn march of 2003 i was involved in a fairly high speed collision head on with a older style ford bronco. My vehicle is a 2000 dodge ram 1500 sport edition. I was cited for failure to maintain my vehicle at a safe distance, and hit the "broken down" ford bronco with the nose end of my vehicle into the rear end of his vehicle at roughly 50 miles per hour. Unfortunately my air bags did not deploy. As i do understand that you need to hit certain spots on the vehicle to cause a reaction in the airbags, i assumed i did not activate the sensors, even though i hit the vehicle square on and my entire front end was buckled back roughly a 1'2" in (totaling in $9,600 in repairs at 30,000miles). However, in a more recent incident, august 2007 i was out of town on business and again sustained front end damage to the front end of this same vehicle (2000 dodge ram 1500) and again my airbags failed to deploy. In both events i was buckled in properly and experienced minor injuries, but i'm wondering why they never deployed. They fixed this vehicle again for whatever reason, and i no longer feel safe driving it. Unfortunately for me, i'm a college student without adequate funds to purchase a new vehicle, and my job as a technical consultant for a industrial company requires that i work within a 400 mile radius. What can i do to ensure my own safety in this vehicle that apparently doesn't utilize the airbags on impact?
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure32
Number of Occurences2
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateCANTON, OH
VIN pattern 1B7HC16Y9YSXXXXXX
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?Y
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?Y
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons2
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase10/08/02
Was original owner?N
Anti-lock brakesY
Cruise controlY
Number of cylinders8
Drive train typeRWD
Transmission typeAUTO
 Vehicle speed50
 DoT tire identifier
 Tire size
 Location of tire code
 Type of tire failure code
 Was defective tire repaired?
 Date of manufacture
Type of child seat code
Type of restraint
 Dealer's name
 Dealer's telephone number
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 Dealer's ZIP code
  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.
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