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Chrysler recalls about 500,000 minivans

DETROIT, Nov 6, 2002 Reuters reported that DaimlerChrysler said on Wednesday it was recalling about 500,000 minivans because of a potentially misplaced part that could cause the vehicles' air bags, horns or cruise control systems to fail.

A Chrysler spokeswoman said the minivans subject to the recall were from 1996-1998 model years and sold in the United States and Canada as well as overseas markets.

The vehicles were manufactured under the Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Grand Voyager, Voyager and Chrysler Town & Country nameplates, spokeswoman Angela Spencer Ford told Reuters.

Chrysler will also offer a lifetime warranty on the "clock spring" in an additional 1.3 minivans from the same 1996-1998 because the part may have been installed improperly, Ford said.

She said the part could interfere with the driver's side air bag in the minivans, as well normal operation of the horn and speed control. Only one accident, with injuries to a lone driver, has been linked to the misplaced auto part, she said.