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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,029 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #7

May 202003

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,201 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The vehicle was involved in a frontal collision and the air bags did not deploy.

- New Rochelle, NY, USA

problem #6

Jun 192001

Beetle

  • miles
While traveling at approximately 60 mph consumer's son broadsided a truck, causing a crash. Both frontal air bags failed to deploy, and vehicle has not been examined to determine the cause. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA

problem #5

Jan 022001

(reported on)

Beetle

  • miles
This vehicle was in a head-on collision at 25 to 30 mph, and air bags did not deploy. Dealer has been contacted.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #4

Oct 051999

Beetle

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driivng at 50 mph a deer ran out in front of the vehicle, and the consumer avoided the deer and ran into a ditch. Then hit a tree on the left of the driver's door, and driver side/ passenger's side air bags didn't deploy. Consumer had the seat belt on and wasn't hurt.

- Prior Lake, MN, USA

problem #3

Oct 051999

Beetle

  • miles
While driivng at 50 mph a deer ran out in front of the vehicle, and the consumer avoided the deer and ran into a ditch. Then hit a tree on the left of the driver's door, and driver side/ passenger's side air bags didn't deploy. Consumer had the seat belt on and wasn't hurt.

- Prior Lake, MN, USA

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problem #2

Oct 011998

Beetle

  • miles
Consumer hit an other vehicle on the front or the side, and air bags did not deploy.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 011998

Beetle

  • miles
Consumer hit an other vehicle on the front or the side, and air bags did not deploy.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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