This is typical of a broken clock spring under the steering wheel. Your dandy observations that all three happened at the same time is the clue.
April, 18, 2011 AT 1:15 AM
I don't know if you would qualify or not but Chrysler had a nationwide recall for that problem. I'm giving you a copy of the recall but you should contact the dealer anyway to see if they will do anything for you.
Make / Models : Model/Build Years: Chrysler / Town and Country 1998-2000
Dodge / Caravan 1998-2000
Dodge / Grand Caravan 1998-2000
Plymouth / Grand Voyager 1998-2000
Plymouth / Voyager 1998-2000
MANUFACTURER: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 04V480000 Recall Date : OCT 05, 2004
COMPONENT: Air Bags
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 955344
SUMMARY: On certain minivans, the driver's air bag may become disabled due to a failure of the clockspring, which is located in the hub of the steering wheel.
CONSEQUENCE: This condition will manifest itself through illumination of the air bag warning lamp, and could eventually result in a driver's air bag open circuit, if the part is not replaced in a reasonable amount of time.
REMEDY: Dealers will replace the clockspring assembly on all covered vehicles with 70,000 miles or less. FOR THOSE VEHICLES WITH MORE THAN 70,000 MILES, DaimlerChrysler will offer an extended lifetime warranty under which it will replace the clockspring at no charge if it fails. DaimlerChrysler will also reimburse owners who have paid to have the clockspring replaced on their vehicles. The recall began on October 12, 2004. Owners should contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
NOTES: DaimlerChrysler Recall NO. D17. Customers can contact The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
April, 18, 2011 AT 2:42 AM
Thankyou so much you are indeed right, and this is now being sorted under the recall. You guys are totally awesome