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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
17,745 miles

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1998 Dodge Caravan seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #36

May 302003

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The air bag light illuminated. The clock spring was replaced by the dealer on 02/21/2002.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #35

Dec 192002

Caravan

  • 91,862 miles
The clock spring failed prior to recall notification. The consumer requested reimbursement for the repairs but was denied because all the faulty components were not replaced/repaired at the same time.

- Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #34

Apr 302003

(reported on)

Caravan

  • 75,000 miles
The clock spring was broken causing an open circuit which caused the horn, and cruise control to be inoperable. Dealer said VIN not included in recall.

- Great Mills, MD, USA

problem #33

Jan 092003

Caravan

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The clock spring assembly was replaced.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #32

Feb 012003

Caravan 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Airbag warning light comes on intermittantly. Vehicle doesnot qualify for recall.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #31

Jan 312003

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,450 miles
Chrysler not honoring clockspring warrenty for M 1998 Dodge Chrysler minivan

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #30

Jan 302003

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Prior to recall the clockspring was replaced, however dealer refused to refund consumer, also the transmission was replaced.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #29

Jan 142003

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
Per consumer the dealership brown Chrysler Dodge Jeep;devine tx;830-665-6401;has not have the parts for the recall for the air bag clock spring 02 V 293 000 for over a month.

- Devine, TX, USA

problem #28

Jan 132003

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
Clockspring failed, causing cruise control/horn, and air bag to malfunction. Please provide any additional information.....

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #27

Aug 012002

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
Air bag sensor light came on. Also, horn and cruise control are inoperative.dealer contacted.

- Barboursville, WV, USA

problem #26

Jul 102002

Caravan

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Air bag light illuminates when turning on car.

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #25

Jun 252002

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, airbag light stays on, and it can be useless in the event of a crash. Cause unknown. Dealer notified. A faulty coil in the steering wheel caused the air bag light to stay on and the cruise control to fail.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #24

May 012002

Caravan

  • miles
Problem is with a component called a "clock spring connector". it controls not only the air bag deployment system but also controls the cruise control and horn operation. I have been out on the internet and noticed that this is a common problem with all Dodge Caravan dated from 1994-2000. I have also spoke with numerous repair shops stating that they see this problem at least 2-3 times a week. Thank you for you time and consideration to this matter.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #23

May 022002

Caravan

  • miles
Air bag sensor light came on and stayed on, causing horn and flashers not to work.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #22

Jun 122002

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag sensor light is showing active on display. This could result in inappropriate airbag deployment or possibly no deployment in an accident.

- Grass Valley, CA, USA

problem #21

May 022002

Caravan

  • miles
Air bag light comes on and horn is not working, leading consumer to believe that clock spring material was defective when contacting dealer. Dealer noted the same problem.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #20

Mar 152002

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ea 01 007/air bag clockspring: Air bag light would remain on while driving, and horn/cruise control are inoperative. Dealer contacted.

- Albemarle, NC, USA

problem #19

May 142002

Caravan

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Airbag light comes on intermittently. Dealer determined clockspring assembly needed to be replaced. Consumer states that both dealer and daimler Chrysler refused to replace the part as a warranty item.(customer care at daimler Chrysler had become very belligerant and abusive over the phone) please see reverse side for a continuance of abuse. Consumer is fearing the safety of his family. Wife is main driver, and feels that he should be reimbursed for the expense of the defective part.(after being overcharged for the repair despite having a verbal quote by the service advisor) appel Dodge has failed to return consumers calls to settle the discrepancy in payment. The van is showing no indication of airbag/clockspring failure.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #18

Oct 202001

(reported on)

Caravan

  • miles
The clock spring that controls the airbag, cruise control and horn fails often.

- Ormond Beach, FL, USA

problem #17

Mar 152002

Caravan

  • miles
Clockspring has failed rendering the airbags and horn unusable. This is a safety hazard and other year Dodge Caravan minivans have been recalled. My dealer said that my year minivan is not part of those recalled. I believe this safety component failure needs to be recalled by the manufacturer and replaced.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

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