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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,019 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Volkswagen Beetle seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 042009

Beetle

  • 50,150 miles

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

Sab deployed while driving on an expressway.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #7

May 102004

Beetle

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Consumer clipped the curb with the right front tire and the driver's side air bag deployed. Dealer estimated a charge of $1,400 to make the repairs.

- China Spring, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 232003

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
The vehicle was in a side collision and was impacted at 45 mph. None of the air bags deployed upon impact.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #5

Dec 142001

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

The consumer had a side impact accident, but the passenger side air bag failed to deploy resulting in a serious injury to the passenger. The consumer stated the belt tensioner deployed which caused his increased acceleration over the normal forces.

- Monaca, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 042002

Beetle

  • miles
While driving 55 mph and rolling over some pieces of tire tread on road driver's side air bag unexpectedly deployed. Dealer has been notified.

- Menden, LA, USA

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problem #3

Feb 112002

(reported on)

Beetle

  • miles
While driving 40mph the car hit gravel/ spet off the side of road, and caused passenger's side to hit a tree. Neither driver's side nor passenger's side airbags deployed. Vehicle has been declared totaled.

- Hopatcong, NJ, 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

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

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