NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2000 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 2000 Dodge Caravan, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: 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.

  2. INVESTIGATION: AIR BAG CLOCKSPRING

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA01007

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  3. INVESTIGATION: DC MINIVAN FUEL INJECTOR RAIL LEAK

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ00008

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

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