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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
862 miles

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1996 Chrysler Town & Country Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #38

Oct 212001

Town & Country

  • miles

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

Air bag light stays on/ horn doesn't blow, and cruise control is not working. Contacted dealer, and dealer stated that clock spring might be defective.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #37

Dec 011996

Town & Country

  • miles
Both problems are perennial, in form I could not specify. Air bag light is always on and may fail in an accident; horn, by not working may not prevent an accident, it almost happened once already; cruise control is an inconvenience not having. Wipers go on by themselves, specially when turning on the blinkers. At times wipers don't stop and may divert your attention from traffic, it could be a dangerous situation.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #36

Jul 192001

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • miles
Due to the failure of the clock spring assembly, my cruise control, horn and air bag all failed as well. If I had experienced a crash the driver's side air bag would not have deployed.

- Edwardsburg, MI, USA

problem #35

Mar 152001

Town & Country

  • miles

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

Ea 01 007/air bag clockspring: Air bag light remained on while driving. Also, horn and cruise control were inoperative. Dealer was notified. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Keyport, NJ, USA

problem #34

Jun 152001

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Airbag light is on, horn and cruise control stopped working. Clock spring assembly needs to be replaced.

- Schaumberg, IL, USA

problem #33

Jul 042001

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • miles
Cruse control failure and air bag light at same time.

- Slingerlands, NY, USA

problem #32

Dec 012000

Town & Country

  • miles

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

PE 00 032/air bag clock spring failure: Reporting inoperative horn and cruise control. Also, air bag light sensor remained on while traveling. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that vehicle was not cover under extended warranty or a recall. Provide any further information.

- Largo, FL, USA

problem #31

May 212001

Town & Country

  • miles
The clock spring in the steering wheel failed. This in turn controls the horn, cruise control and above all, the airbag. When I went to the dealership, the service advisor knew exactly what the problem was, without performing a diagnostic. This was one of several he knew of and was rumored to be a recall. I contacted customer service at Chrysler, but received the expected brushoff, and was told that as the steering wheel was turned it causes the part to wear. This seems unacceptable, especially with a safety component. You may as well tell me that the seatbelt latch will fail after so many connections.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #30

May 182001

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • miles
Cruse control and horn quit working when air bag light came on.

- Powell, WY, USA

problem #29

Apr 302001

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • miles
Clock spring malfunctioned, causing air bag warning light to illuminate and cruise control not to activate.

- Metamora, IL, USA

problem #28

Feb 012001

Town & Country

  • miles

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

Clock spring malfunctioned, causing air bag warning light to illuminate and cruise control not to activate.

- Metamora, IL, USA

problem #27

Jan 062001

Town & Country

  • miles
Clock spring failure causing airbag to fail, causing cruise control to fail and also causing horn to fail. The mechanic said the failures were due to the clock spring failure.

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #26

Jan 022001

Town & Country

  • miles
In January 2001, my 1996 Chrysler Town & Country minivan's "airbag" warning light came on and has stayed on continuosly since that time. At the same time... my horn and cruise control stopped working as well. I have checked the fuses and they are all in proper working order. Today, I learned from your web site that cnn.com reported on this very problem on 3-19-01. This article prompted me to file this report. With all three failures, airbag warning light, no horn and no cruise control, I'm assuming the airbag is defective and will not deploy in the event of a frontal crash.

- Edwardsburg, MI, USA

problem #25

Sep 152000

Town & Country

  • miles
I saw on the news that you are looking into cruise control and air bag failures in 1996 Chrysler Town & Country vans and I wanted to notify you that I am having problems with mine. In addition the front wipers come on unexpectantly - distracting the driver.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #24

Mar 282001

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • miles
SRS light stays illuminated while vehicle is in motion. Also, cruise control and horn assembly are inoperable.

- Indop, IN, USA

problem #23

Feb 202001

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Airbag light came on/horn and cruise conrol stopped working, dealer stated clock spring assembly needed to be replaced.

- Edwardsburg, MI, USA

problem #22

Dec 142000

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's airbag warning light flickered on & off for a month. Then, stayed on another month. During that time cruise control was malfunctioning. Dealer replaced clock spring, since then no problem.

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #21

Mar 012001

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
SRS light stays illuminated while vehicle is in motion. Also, cruise control/ horn assembly are inoperable. Dealer replaced clock spring assembly.

- Mountainside, NJ, USA

problem #20

Mar 232001

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air bag light is on, horn and, cruise control do not work. Driver side passenger door lock failed.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #19

Mar 222001

(reported on)

Town & Country

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Horn is not active/ cruise control doesn't work, and air bag light is illuminating on dash panel. Dealer has been contacted, and was willing to replace clock spring for a fee.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

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