2012 Dodge RAM 1500 Exterior Lighting Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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2012 Dodge RAM 1500 Exterior Lighting Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID1045553
 Internal NHTSA #10568288
 ManufacurerChrysler Group LLC
 BrandDODGE
 ModelRAM 1500
 Model Year2012
 File date21/01/14
 ComponentEXTERIOR LIGHTING
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problemI purchased a 2012 dodge ram 1500 from a used dealer on january 21, 2012. This vehicle has by far the worst headlights of any vehicle i have ever driven. On the low beams with the fog lights off the light from my headlamps illuminates the road only about 30 to 40 feet in front of me. There is also a very dark area from the bumper out to about 20 feet. The high beams do not cast light much further but are wider. However with this wider light pattern the overall brightness is even worse. The only thing that makes this vehicle drive-able at night are the fog lights that at least fill in the dark area immediately in front of the vehicle that exists with the low beams. In the almost two months that i have owned my vehicle i have only used the high beams a handful of times. I have contacted chrysler group llc. And they have advised me that this is not an issue that they plan to address even though it is a safety issue. I work third shift and do the majority of my driving in rural areas at night and during low light conditions in the mornings. I simple internet search will show that this is not an isolated issue and many owners of 4th generation rams (2009-2014) feel that the headlights on these vehicles are less than adequate. My vehicle is a 390hp 4700lb vehicle, my fear is that it is only a matter of time till these headlight cause me to have an accident be cause i simply could not clearly see what was in front of me.
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure21000
Number of Occurences1
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateMARION HEIGHTS, PA
VIN pattern 1C6RD7FT9CSXXXXXX
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?N
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons0
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase20/10/19
Was original owner?N
Anti-lock brakesN
Cruise controlN
Number of cylinders8
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 Vehicle speed0
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  • 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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