Utahns who own Chrysler automobiles that were driven with disconnected odometers by company executives are eligible to claim at least $500 each from an out-of-court settlement, officials said Thursday.

Utah Attorney General David Wilkinson said the settlement of a suit filed by attorneys general from 10 states on behalf of consumers nationwide totals $16 million.The deal affects people who purchased a Chrysler car before October 9, 1986, and still owned it July 31, 1987. The car must have been test-driven with a disconnected odometer as part of Chrysler's Overnight Evaluation Program.

Investigators determined nearly 40,000 vehicles are involved.

Wilkinson said many Utahns have been notified of their eligibility in the settlement and others will be contacted by his office.

Distribution of settlement payments is expected to begin next spring, he said.