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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,822 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 #6

Aug 182004

Beetle

  • miles

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

Upon starting the vehicle the side air bag deployed. There was no collision. Consumer was injured. One month prior to the air bag deployment, the air bag light illuminated on the dash board. Also, the engine light illuminated prior to the side air bag deployment. Recall 98V100000 was issued.

- Commack, NY, USA

problem #5

Nov 022003

Beetle 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,932 miles
Driver-side side airbag deployed on my 1998 VW beetle for no apparent reason causing loss of vehicle control and accident.

- Glenmoore, PA, USA

problem #4

Sep 082003

Beetle

  • miles
Air bag on passenger side of 1998 Beetle activated. Side bag only. Neither front bags, nor driver's side. No collision with other car. Later examination showed damage to right wheel rim.

- Ny, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 052002

Beetle

  • miles

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

Problems with front window mechanism.

- Putnam Valley, NY, USA

problem #2

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 #1

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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