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1997 Dodge Caravan, Horn and Cruise Control doesn't work, and Driver Airbag light on is there something other than fuse that may cause this

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It sounds like the item known as the "clockspring" has gone bad. It's a unit between the steeing colum and the steering wheel that transfers the electrical connections for any steeing wheel mounted electrincs, like the horn, cruise buttons, airbag, or anything else that might mounted to the wheel.

These are not easily replaceable, however after a brief search, there appears to be a POSSIBLY of getting it replaced under a recall from the manufacturer. Check out this link, and this link.

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