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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,618 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Beetle seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

May 102012

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 59,235 miles


The driver seat belt buckle shorts out do to faulty wire routing causing the seatbelt tensioner harness to get cut or shorted by the driver seat.

- Forest Hills, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 022011


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen new Beetle convertible. The contact stated that due to the way the seat belt buckles were designed, the wiring within the buckles fractured and disabled the air bag system. The contact stated that the seat belt buckles were designed in a way that they would bend inward, toward the passenger, when buckled. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Trumbull, CT, USA

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