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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,621 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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2001 Volkswagen Beetle seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 122010

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles

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

Air bag light came on due to a faulty seat belt buckle.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #8

Jan 152005

Beetle 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles
The air bag light illuminated while driving at 55 mph. Vehicle was taken to the dealer. Diagnostic test showed that the passenger's air bag was defective, and the problem was not covered under a recall.

- Spalding, MI, USA

problem #7

Jan 182001

Beetle

  • 16,591 miles
Consumer was involved in a rear end collision. Upon impact, driver's air bag failed to deploy.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #6

May 292002

(reported on)

Beetle

  • miles

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

Dealer says air bag must be replaced. Never deployed. Should it not last longer.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #5

May 082002

(reported on)

Beetle

  • miles
While driving on a bridge at 50 mph was involved in a collision and air bags did not deploy. Driver sustained injuries. Please provide any futher information.

- Montrose, CO, USA

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problem #4

Mar 192002

(reported on)

Beetle

  • miles
While driving 50 mph was involved in an accident, and air bags did not deploy. Manufacturer has been notified, and requested consumer to take vehicle to dealer to receive a diagnostic check.

- Montose, CO, USA

problem #3

Nov 282001

Beetle

  • miles

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

Hit, while stopping for stopped traffic on freeway, in the rear by a car traveling at high rate of speed. Extensive damage ($7800+) done to rear and side of car. Side airbag curtain deployed, but did not inflate. Front drivers airbag also did not inflate. Driver suffered back and neck injuries. Photos are available.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 282001

Beetle

  • miles
Hit, while stopping for stopped traffic on freeway, in the rear by a car traveling at high rate of speed. Extensive damage ($7800+) done to rear and side of car. Side airbag curtain deployed, but did not inflate. Front drivers airbag also did not inflate. Driver suffered back and neck injuries. Photos are available.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 122000

Beetle

  • miles
Was driving 40mph and another vehicle turned in front of Volkswagen. Other vehicle was "T" boned. Upon impact, neither air bags deployed. Driver suffered minor injuries & had emergency treatment.

- Granger, IN, USA

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