What a coincidence, same thing happened to our 2001 two weeks ago. Some funky little spring for that latch, came apart in my hand after getting tire off. I would like to get an assembly drawing to see how it goes back together, because I would like to have it operating. I think it fails if it gets overtight. Not sure, but I will have to research a little more.
2012 VW Routan Highline w/ 3.6 L, 27,000 km.
2001 Dodge Grand Caravan ES w/3.3, 250,000 KM and still going somewhere as it has been sold!