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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,684 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Dodge Caravan seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 062005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles


Air conditioning light is blinking; engine check and air bag light is on, nothing on the dash (speedometer etc) does not work. Door locks do not work; it's like it all went out at once.

- Loris, SC, USA

problem #6

Sep 212004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
SRS light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Horn and cruise control failed to operate. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that clock spring needed to be replaced.

- Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 112004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,341 miles
Clock spring malfunctioned. As a result, air bag light stayed on. A recall was issued, however this vehicle was not included in the recall due to VIN. Consumer paid for repair.

- Enola, PA, USA

problem #4

May 012004


  • 138,444 miles


Consumer received recall 02V293000 concerning air bag clock spring failure. Air bag light and the left signal light illuminated while in motion, also, horn was inoperative and the left turn signal gave off an consent alarm sound when engaged.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #3

Apr 072004

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have 2 Chrysler mini vans one 1997 & 1998. We receivied a recall regarding defects which related to motor safety recall in some 1996 through 1998 minivans. Since my 1998 was experiencing the defect listed failed clockspring allowing air bag light to be illuminated and speed control system to be inoperative we took the van to a nearby Chrysler dear to be repaired only to find out our VIN number was not the one listed to be recalled. I do not understand when the recall states some 1996 through 1998 model year minivan's how do they determine which VIN number to be recalled. My 1997 was the VIN number to be recalled however my 1998 van is experiencing the recall problem. My 1998 van also has 78,000 miles the recall states if mimivan has 70,000 or less clockspring will be replaced without charge even if it appears to be functioning properly. My 1998 is not functioning properly. Chrysler has identified the problem states my airbag may not deploy in a frontal crash. Arbitary milage and VIN number deceisions by the manufacture should not cause the consumer to have dangerous and life threating parts in their viehicals.

- Whiting, IN, USA

problem #2

Apr 082004

(reported on)

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Consumer was complaining about front air bag light coming on intermittently.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 252003


  • 50,000 miles
The airbag sensor malfunctioned causing the light to stay on. Dealer said vehicle not included in recall.

- Richmod, VA, USA

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