really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,781 miles

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2001 Dodge Grand Caravan seat belts / air bags problems

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2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Nov 182011

Grand Caravan

  • 123,333 miles


Clock spring. Horn, cruise control stop working. Airbag light on. Chrysler will not acknowledge, as well as local dealer as a problem and/or a safety nor a recall issue.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #24

Aug 192010

Grand Caravan

  • 152,951 miles
The airbag warning light stays on all the time. At the same time the speed control stopped working and the horn does not work

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #23

Jun 302012

Grand Caravan

  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that the air bag warning light continuously illuminated. Also, the contact mentioned that the buttons on the steering wheel would not work. The dealer stated that the failure might be due to a defective clock spring. If a crash occurred, the air bag could potentially not deploy. The vehicle had not been repaired and the manufacturer had not been notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 138,000.

- Port Matilda, PA, USA

problem #22

Dec 012011

Grand Caravan

  • 151,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the air bag warning light illuminated intermittently and whenever the contact would attempt a turn. The light remained illuminated as the failure progressed. The controls on the steering wheel failed and later, the horn also failed. After performing extensive research, the contact concluded that the clock spring failed. The dealer and manufacturer were both notified and neither offered any assistance to the contact. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 151,000 and the current mileage was 166,000.

- Harrington, DE, USA

problem #21

Jul 242010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Own a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan. Passenger side airbag deployed immediatley after van placed in park and ignition turned off. One month later, driver's side airbag also deployed immediately after being placed in park and ignition turned off. No previous warning lights or indicators.

- Pemberton, Bc Canada, 00, USA

problem #20

Oct 162010

Grand Caravan

  • 129,000 miles
There was no event leading to this failure, my airbag light has been continuously on for a few days, and now my horn and cruise control do not work. After researching this problem I have come across a recall for the clock-spring, which only includes 1998-2000 models. But have also read numerous complaints of it on the 2001 model as well. I have sent an email to daimler Chrysler and have not gotten a response yet. I hope it does not take a serious injury or a death to have this part of the original recall.

- Hennepin, IL, USA

problem #19

Sep 102001

Grand Caravan

  • 82,000 miles


I have 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan. The clockspring went bad. There are recall on many vehicle on previous year. The dealer told me that 2001 is not on the recall list and it will cost around $250 to repair it. It has been known the clockspring was a problem they might tried to fix the problem in 2001 model but it is not perfect. 2001 should be in the recall list.....

- La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #18

Feb 282009

Grand Caravan

  • 82,000 miles
My 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan airbag light is on. My horn and cruise control do not work as a result. Contact Dodge via email and was told this was not a recall item for my Dodge Grand Caravan. This seems to be a "clockspring" issue. This was a issue on the 2000 Dodge Caravan- recall number 04V480000.

- Owings Mills, MD, USA

problem #17

Mar 052008

Grand Caravan

  • 85,000 miles
Airbag light comes on intermittently, particularly on turns. Talked with local Chrysler dealer and his assessment pointed to the clockspring. Researched on internet and it certainly appears there is an issue with this item. Dealer indicated it is not covered by warranties or recall and would cost in excess of $200 to replace. I believe this to be a manufacturers defect and should be replaced at no cost to the customer. No accidents or adverse effects encountered to date.

- Ferndale, WA, USA

problem #16

Nov 252008

Grand Caravan

  • 112,836 miles
Nothing unusual leading up to this incident. The airbag light and our radio volume controls on the steering wheel for our 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan were not working. After paying $70 to diagnose the dealer told us the clockspring was not working (it was "open"). I see that the prior year (2000) of Caravan has this same problem. Dodge issued a recall with lifetime warranty as this is not supposed to happen.

- Saco, ME, USA

problem #15

Jun 152006

Grand Caravan

  • 65,000 miles


My 2001 Grand Caravan 's air bag light keeps on appearing intermittently. I've had the clock spring replaced which failed to end the condition. I'm aware that if the light is on, the airbags will not deploy. I'm also aware that there was a recall campaign which ended with the 2000 models. So, I guess that a person or persons in a collision in a 2001 or greater Caravan may or may not be protected by the airbags. I've seen a lot of complaints about this and I can't believe this has not been addressed as a major safety issue. I hope it will be and that no one dies or is crippled for life as a result of a faulty airbag system!!!

- Bohemia, NY, USA

problem #14

Jan 012007

Grand Caravan

  • 75,000 miles
The air bag light appears randomly on and off. According to my mechanic, if the light is on and there is a crash, the air bags will not deploy. I think this is a very serious issue. I had the clock spring replaced by my mechanic, and all was well for about a week and then it started all over again. Also, failure speed is random. I would like some kind of resolution to this problem. I have heard this complaint from others and have seen it on the internet as well. Please advise if possible.

- Bohemia, NY, USA

problem #13

Jun 112007

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan. When the vehicle is started, the air bag light remains illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, but they were unable to duplicate the failure. He has yet to notify the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 30,000 and current mileage was 47,000. The consumer stated the air bag light comes on intermittently when making a turn. Updated 12/13/07

- Potosi, WI, USA

problem #12

Apr 192007

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,100 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan. The airbag lights are illiminating randomly. The mechanic stated that the air bags would not deploy in a crash if the light is illuminated. The mechanic replaced the clock springs, but this did not solve the problem. The failure and current mileage were 85,100.

- Bohemia, NY, USA

problem #11

Aug 142006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle's airbag clockspring failed. The service dealer and manufacturere were contacted. There was a NHTSA recall # 04V480000 regarding airbags. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Woodville, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 062006

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,706 miles
The contact stated the air bag light has been illuminating intermittently since 2003. The contact noticed the light illuminates once the vehicle has heated up. The vehicle was taken to the dealership on July 1, 2003 but they were unable to duplicate the problem therefore no repairs were made. On December 27, 2004 the vehicle was taken back to the dealership while the light was illuminated. The dealership replaced a failed clock spring but the repair was unsuccessful.

- Oswego, NY, USA

problem #9

Aug 152005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,500 miles
Airbag light keeps coming on & off intermittently along with warning bell. Took to dealership. Dealer said driver squibb circuit open & they replaced the clockspring assembly.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #8

Sep 262005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I currently own a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan-sport edition. The vehicle had an airbag clock spring replaced when the vehicle had about 25,000 miles. Today the vehicle has 48,600 miles on it. The airbag light has come on once again just like the first time the clock spring failed. When the vehicle is in warm weather the light goes off. This has happened several times in the last few weeks. I have contacted the dealer that repaired it, I have been told that there is no current recall for this problem. I have been able to find a recall for model years 1998-2000 that describes the same issue with the clock spring. I feel that the problem was not corrected for this model year as well. Can you please investigate this similar problem?

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #7

Feb 252005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
After starting the vehicle air bag warning light stayed illuminated until the vehicle was shut off. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.....also, right side sliding door was hard to open manually. Dealer determined that door motor needed to be replaced.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #6

Sep 162004

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
After the consumer started the vehicle, the air bag warning light illuminated. The warning light stayed lit until the vehicle was shut off. The air bag light was intermittent.

- Newport, NH, USA

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