NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1998 Dodge Caravan

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1998 Dodge Caravan, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. DRIVER AIR BAG CLOCKSPRING FAILURE NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA04013

    Component(s): Air Bags:Frontal

    Summary: The driver air bag clockspring can develop an open-circuit condition resulting in nonfunctional driver-side frontal air bag, horn, cruise control (if equipped), and/or steering wheel radio control (if equipped).in its October 5, 2004 letter to NHTSA, DaimlerChrysler stated that it will conduct a safety recall and replace the clockspring assembly on all MY 1998.5-2000 DaimlerChrysler minivans, built between March 1998 and August 2000, with 70,000 miles or less.it will also provide a lifetime warranty for this component on MY 1998.5-2000 minivans, regardless of mileage.the details of the corrective action are described in DaimlerChrysler's letter (see recall no. 04V-480).the Agency believes that further expenditure of Agency resources does not appear to be warranted.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that no safety-related defect exists with respect to those vehicles covered only by the lifetime warranty.the Agency will take further action if warranted by the circumstances.see page 2 for additional information.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA04013 »

  2. DRIVER AIR BAG CLOCKSPRING FAILURE NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ04001

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 28, 2004
    • Date Closed: June 04, 2004
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags:Frontal

    Summary: Complaints report air bag warning light illuminates, and this may be accompanied with a non-functioning horn and/or cruise control (if equipped).this is indicative of an open-circuit clockspring failure (results in non-functioning driver's air bag), similar to the failure condition that was the subject of DaimlerChrysler's recall of model year 1996-1998.5 minivans (recall no. 02V-293).this recall query has been upgraded to an engineering analysis (EA04-013).

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #RQ04001 »

  3. AIR BAG CLOCKSPRING NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA01007

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA01007 »

  4. POST COLLISION FUEL SYSTEM NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA99013

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: June 11, 1999
    • Date Closed: August 10, 2001
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Tank Assembly:Filler Pipe And Cap

    Summary:

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA99013 »

  5. POST-COLLISION FUEL SYSTEM INTEGRITY NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE99010

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: February 03, 1999
    • Date Closed: June 11, 1999
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Tank Assembly:Filler Pipe And Cap

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE99010 »

  6. REAR SEAT BELT MALFUNCTION NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02004

    Component(s): Seat Belts:Rear

    Summary: This investigation was opened January 16, 2002, based on seven reports alleging the third row seat belt retractors failed on certain 1997 and 1998 model year Caravan and Voyager vehicles.the reports indicated a "tar" like substance entered the retractor mechanism, thus causing the retractor to jam or bind.in this condition the seat belt is rendered inoperable, as the webbing cannot retract or be withdrawn from the retractors for use.recall scope:the affected vehicles are 1997 through 1999 Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Voyager, and Chrysler town & contry built on a short wheel base chassis.the inclusive dates of production are June 1996 through October 31, 1999.recall remedy: DaimlerChrysler dealers will replace the mastic sound barrier patches with foam "blockers", as well as, inspect and replace all third row rear seat belt assemblies contaminated by the mastic patch.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE02004 »

  7. DC MINIVAN FUEL INJECTOR RAIL LEAK NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ00008

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #RQ00008 »

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