Dodge Dart: Complaints & Recalls

Originally built from 1959 to 1976, Dodge resurrected the Dart nameplate in 2012, giving the manufacturer a reliable compact sedan. Though it has sold slightly more than 500,000 since it went into production, the Dart’s new life was short lived. Dodge discontinued the vehicle in 2016 as part of its new focus on crossover vehicles.

Though tiny and fuel-efficient, the Dart did occasionally receive a few complaints from drivers. If you believe your Dart may have been sold to you with a known defect, reach out to us at 833.4.CARLAW for a free consultation and we will investigate the problem.

Yearly Dodge Dart Complaints, Investigations, and Recalls

If you purchased a new Dart in the last few years, here’s what you should know, according to the NHTSA:

2015 Dodge Dart

Some of the most common complaints revolve around:

Reasons for recalls include:

  • Fire extinguisher may be clogged or inoperable. If the fire extinguisher fails when it’s needed most, the risk of injury increases.
  • Powertrain control module is missing backup software. This could allow an uncommanded torque event, which increases the risk of a crash.
  • Transmission control module failure. This could cause loss of motive power, which increases the risk of a crash.
  • Tire pressure monitoring system is uncommunicative. If a tire is improperly inflated, the vehicle may be harder to control.

2016 Dodge Dart

Reasons for recalls include:

  • Fire extinguisher may be clogged or inoperable. If the fire extinguisher fails when it’s needed most, the risk of injury increases.
  • Powertrain control module is missing backup software. This could allow an uncommanded torque event, which increases the risk of a crash.
  • Windshield wiper circuit failure. This could make the windshield wipers inoperable, creating dangerous driving conditions.

2017 Chrysler 200

Reasons for recalls include:

  • Cruise control cannot be cancelled. Cruise control will not turn off despite braking or using the steering wheel controls, which could lead to an accident. To overcome this problem, put the car into neutral and then brake until the car stops. Then shift into park to finally cancel cruise control.

Seek Legal Assistance for Your Dodge Dart

If you’ve experienced one of the problems above, or something similar, you can report it directly to the NHTSA so they can compile your complaint in their database. If they receive enough complaints on the same topic, they may launch an investigation into the matter.

Report your problem within the original manufacturer’s warranty period and you will have the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act working in your favor. This federal law was designed to protect consumers from unethical warranty practices. If a dealership failed to fix a warrantable defect within three or more attempts and/or your vehicle has been out of service for 20 or more days, you may have a viable suit against the manufacturer for breach of warranty.

You may also have state lemon laws on your side. Like the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, these laws exist to extend extra protection to you, the consumer.

Don’t drive your Dodge Dart back and forth to the dealership for repairs. Robison Lemon Law Group LLC can help you navigate both the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and state lemon laws to ensure you receive the justice you deserve.