Hood Latch Problems of Dodge Ram 1500 - part 1



Dodge Ram 1500 owners have reported 50 problems related to hood latch (under the latches/locks/linkage category).

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Failure Date: 06/06/2012

The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20-35 mph, the hood flew open independently. The vehicle was taken to the local mechanic and the failure was located at the secondary latch, which failed due to defective material. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 80,260. Updated 06/29/12 updated 07/09/12.

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Failure Date: 09/24/2010

The contact owns a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the hood suddenly flew up, buckled and fractured the windshield. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer to have the vehicle repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 01v040000 (latches/locks/linkages:hood:latch). The vehicle was inspected by a representative sent from the manufacturers office however, the representative declined recall repairs and would not provide any assistance, stating that there were two prior recall notices sent to owners of the recalled vehicles to prevent a failure. The contact had never taken the vehicle to the dealer for recall repairs when notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 116,064 and the current mileage was 116,267.

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Failure Date: 06/30/2010

The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact was driving approximately 35 to 40 mph when suddenly, the hood released in an upward position towards the windshield without assistance. The vehicle was driven onto the emergency lane with extreme caution. The contact inspected the vehicle and confirmed that the hood latch mechanism was defective. The hood was secured with a piece of material in order for the contact to reach his destination. The contact will notify the manufacturer of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000. The VIN was unavailable.

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Failure Date: 02/27/2010

The contact owns a 2001 Dodge ram. A representative from the fast track company stated that they serviced this vehicle, and 20 minutes after the customer left with the vehicle and was driving about 50mph, the hood flew up and cracked his windshield. The contact stated that the hood latch was stuck in the opening position. The failure mileage was 130,261.

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Failure Date: 03/04/2009

The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 40 mph, the hood of the vehicle spontaneously opened, which significantly reduced the contact's visibility. He is in the process of taking the vehicle to a dealer to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer did not assist. The failure and current mileages were 100,000.

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Failure Date: 07/20/2008

The contact owns a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500. While the contact's spouse was driving approximately 35 mph onto a ramp, the hood flew up and cracked the windshield. The failure occurred without warning. The current and failure mileages were 90,000.

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Failure Date: 12/07/2007

The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving approximately 60 mph, the hood of the vehicle unexpectedly flew open, blocking all visibility. The contact was able to safely maneuver to the side of the road. The dealer stated that his vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 01v040000 (latches/locks/linkages:hood:latch). The contact has not filed a formal complaint with the manufacturer. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 170,000.

car image   Hood Latch problem of the 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 8
Failure Date: 12/01/2007

1998 Dodge ram hood flew open while driving. Consumer states that he was driving 65 mph. He also states that the grill, hood hinges, and insulation are destroyed. He stated there is a recall for this problem.

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Failure Date: 12/01/2007

On 1 Dec 2001 I left watertown, NY to drive to syracuse, NY via I-81 south. Just after the central square entrance ramp my hood blew open at 65mph. This nearly caused me to crash but I managed to finally get the truck pulled over without a crash. I am a handicapped member of the us army so I called my wife to help me get the hood down and strap it down with a ratchet strap and bungie cords. The hood, grill, hinges and hood liner are all damaged beyond repair. Upon returning home I searched the internet and found a "safety recall" #973 for the secondary hood latch failure. I purchased the vehicle used in 2006 and never received a warning. Today I went to dealmaker Dodges service dept and it was verified that the repair service had never been completed. After speaking with the service technician mark (315)-779-5725 I was informed that the district manager mr. David littlejohn disapproved the repair of the damage, however would authorize the recall to be performed. I was told that Chrysler Dodge was not liable for inherit damaged caused by the hood out of nowhere popping open. I contacted the Chrysler customer relations (800) 992-1997 and was told the same thing. I asked for the proof in writing and was refused the document stating that they were not responsible for inhered damaged caused by a defective part that can cause severe injury or death to many people if they do not know how to handle such problems. My chryler corporation reference number is 16995780.

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Failure Date: 06/08/2007

Hood safety latch issue. Popped latch from inside of truck. Received phone call, did not open hood. Forgot hood was popped, started driving. Hood flew open back onto the windshield warping the hood and hinges.


 
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Failure Date: 05/01/2007

The contact owns a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 45 mph the hood automatically popped open. The vehicle was taken to the dealer ,who then referred her to NHTSA. She was informed of recall # 01v040000 concerning latches/locks/linkages:hood:latch. However, the manufacturer stated that this vehicle was excluded t from the recall due to the VIN. The failure occurred on may 1, 2007. As a result of the failure the springs and windshield were completely damaged. The current and failure mileages were 66,500.

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Failure Date: 05/01/2007

The contact owns a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500. While driving 45 mph on may 1, 2007 the hood automatically opened. As a result, the springs and the windshield were damaged. It was difficult to close the hood. The dealer referred her to the national highway safety administration. (NHTSA). The manufacturer stated that this vehicle was not a part of recall number 01v040000. Due to the VIN even though the consumer's vehicle manifested the same failure as mentioned in the recall, they ere unable to assist them. The failure and current mileage were 66,500. Updated 05/23/07.

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Failure Date: 04/03/2007

Tl-caller owns a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 new england limited edition. Current mileage is 66,200. Failure mileage was 66,150. While driving down a hill at 30 mph the hood flew up and put a line across the bottom of windshield. The visibility was zero. He slammed on brakes and stopped vehicle. He got on top of the vehicle and had to force the hood back down. It would not stay closed on its own so he had to bungee it down. There was extensive hood damage he drove home about four blocks away. Called dealer next morning and was told there was no recall for that year and model the hood recall was only for 1994-1999. Ktf the consumer stated received a letter from daimler Chrysler stating that there was a recall for the 1994-1999 due to the fact that the hood latch had failed and was rusted in the open position that was why the recall was issued for the years previously stated. However, the consumer stated there is a 2 line blurb in the owners manual on page 312 that states when performing maintenance services please use multipurpose grease ngli grade 2ep. They don't believe in the letter that it was done during the oil change. The consumer stated will contact places where he had oil change. Updated 07/10/07.

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Failure Date: 03/04/2007

19960 Dodge Ram 1500. Consumer states that while driving the hood unlatched. The hood bent backwards against the windshield which caused the vehicle to run off the road. Ohio traffic crash report.

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Failure Date: 02/07/2007

1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4 wd short bed standard cab hood latch failed. While driving (after a couple miles) the hood began to shake up and down. I pulled over and slammed the hood closed. Completed my trip (30 miles round trip). 2 weeks later I was driving to work. After 1/2 mile the hood began to shake up and down. I began to slow but it was too late (40 mph), the hood flew open and slammed against the windshield. Since I was only 1 mile from my house I stood on top of the engine compartment and pulled the hood back down with my 200 pound frame and inched back to home where it sits. This is definitely a failure of the secondary latch. There was minor yard damage when I drove off the road. Damage to the hood (creased) and the hinges, and front fenders.

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Failure Date: 02/05/2007

While driving home from work on 2/5/2007 the hood on the 1996 Dodge ram p/u flew open, causing me to lose control of the vehicle. Just missing a bus, then coming to a stop after hitting the curb. The hood was damaged along with the windshield, also, front end hit the curb. Dodge refused to repair and replace the hood latch because they claimed the primary latch was defective, they only had a recall for the secondary latch. In the recall it stated that the hood could open if the primary latch was defective. If the secondary latch was not defective it would have prevented the hood from opening completely. I did not receive any recall notice for any defective hood latch. I could have been killed and/or killed other innocent people if this were to happen after entering I-95. Dodge should be forced to repair all hood latches on these vehicles, one was no good without the other. After taking my truck to a Dodge dealer they left the hood completely unlatched, and did not replace the bungy cord I had placed to prevent the hood from opening. When will Dodge be forced to repair this serious problem. After someone is injured. Dodge was negligent in allowing these latches to be kept on these vehicles.

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Failure Date: 02/05/2007

The hood flew open while driving home, causing me to lose control and hitting the curb to stop the truck. Dodge reused to repair damage or supply me with a new latch, they stated the primary latch gave way, causing the hood to open. Dodge dealer stated the main latch was bad, if the secondary latch was operating as it was meant to the hood cound not have opened, Dodge was at fault. I am now afraid to drive my truck, but it was my only transportation.

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Failure Date: 09/30/2006

I was accelerating onto a limited access highway, j. Turner butler blvd. Traveling approximately 45-50 mph when the hood of my truck released and crashed into my windshield blinding me. I was able to come to a stop and pull off the roadway without incident. Afterwards I did research to see if there were any recalls and found NHTSA 01v040000 for Dodge Ram 1500 pus for years 1994-1999 which indicated corrosion of the spring on the secondary latch could cause it to bind in the release position. I believe this is what happened to my truck. The recall however was only for trucks sold or registered in the salt belt states in the northern part of the country. I reside in a coastal area of florida and purchased this truck used. It was originally sold on the west coast of florida and I am a resident of jacksonville beach, but it was used in coastal florida since it was sold. I am in the process of getting it repaired, and I will bear the cost since I just cancelled my comprehensive coverage (thought it was too costly for a 10 year old truck). I was just wondering why coastal regions were not included in the recall or if that needed more research?.

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Failure Date: 09/29/2006

: the contact stated while traveling 40 mph, the front hood opened on its own causing damage to the vehicle. The service dealer determined this occurred due to the hood's safety latch being rusted. The hood, hinges and locks all needed to be replaced. Updated 10/18/2006 -.

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Failure Date: 03/09/2006

On 3/9/06 my hood on my 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 blew open on the highway. There is damage to the hood and the hood hidges. There was a recall on the hood latch #01v04000. I contacted Dodge about this, they told me that they would repair the latch but not the damage to the truck. They should repair the damage also, since I did not receive the recall notice.

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Failure Date: 01/21/2006

The hood latch failed. We were driving on the interstate going approximately 65 mph and the hood flew up and slammed into the windshield, causing zero visibility. The windshield shattered, and hood was destroyed, a major accident could have easily occurred. No personal injuries, but approximately $3,000 damage to vehicle.

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Failure Date: 12/31/2005

2000, 1500 Dodge ram, hood flew up traveling about 40-45 mph on highway 125. Body shop stated that it was do to faulty hood latch. Vehicle is well maintained and cared for.

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Failure Date: 12/05/2005

The contact stated while attempting to release the parking brake he touched the hood latch and it came up. The vehicle had a secondary latch that suppose to be unlatched on the outside, but it did not hold the hood. The dealership told the contact to bring the vehicle for service. There was a recall on the older models. The manufacturer has not been contacted.

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Failure Date: 08/21/2005

I checked the oil level on the vehicle and closed the hood. I then tried to lift the hood after it was closed to make sure that it was well closed. I could not. I then proceeded to drive on the street at 30-40 miles per hour and 5 minutes after checking the oil, the hood popped up, bent backwards, and smashed the front windshield. No police report was filed but it occurred at 10:30 am in front of the east greenbush, NY walmart, and an east greenbush police officer did stop to help me reattach the bent hood and secure it so I could drive home to arrange repairs. I have no idea why the hood popped up. It should have stayed closed. I wonder why even the hood safety latch appeared to have failed. The front hood had to be replaced as well as the front windshield, the safety latch, and the hood brackets ($1800). I kept the old parts after they were replaced. I noticed that the hood safety latch had been recalled on the Dodge ram 1994-1999. The 2001 Dodge ram has the same body. Is the latch still defective?.

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Failure Date: 08/05/2005

Contact stated on 8-5-05 the hood flew up and destroyed the windshield, damaged the hood and the hood hinges. He cited a recall 01v040000 regarding hood latch. He said the recall seemed to apply to salt belt states, but he s the car was bought and registered in texas, and they have a lot of salt just in the air. He said none of the gulf states were included in the recall. He is certified technician and sees all kinds of rust on vehicles due to salt. He has not yet contacted the manufacturer but plans to today.

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