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Airbag light comes on, horn and cruise control won't work

The airbag light comes on and at the same time the horn will not work and neither will the cruise control. Sometimes, when i restart the van everything works correctly.

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  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    Also, my horn goes off when I open the door(off once the ignition is turned).
    This all happened after I had the rack & pinion replaced.


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These vans are known to have faulty clock springs, which can cause the problems. I think there's a recall on them...give your local Chrysler dealer a call.

Posted on Jan 25, 2009

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It is the wire assembly in the stearing wheel. there is a recall for this. Go to Chrysler.com then click on recall at bottom of page. put in the last 4 digits of vin number and all the recalls will come up for your vehicle. it will be replaced by dealer for free.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013

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