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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,579 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Beetle seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 242014

Beetle 5-cyl

  • 30,873 miles


The airbag sensor light came on while driving at 65mph. I took to the dealership where I purchased and they sent the car over to the VW dealership. VW dealership contacted me and said that the driver side seatbelt, airbag igniter was defective and needed a driver side airbag unit to the tune of $881.79. I have an extended warranty however nothing related to the airbag or safety is covered. Since this is a safety concern I wonder why VW doesn't stand by their products and warranty.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 012014

Beetle 5-cyl

  • 46,500 miles
Air bag system dash warning light came on. Traced to an electrical connection in the driver side seat belt latch receiver mechanism (air bag fault code 0591) which had to be completely replaced in-order for the air bag system to resume function. This is a known VW issue yet the $490 dealer-exclusive repair is not covered under any extended warranty plan, dealer service bulletin, or manufacturer's goodwill plan.

- Tequesta, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 152010


  • 47,364 miles
Sensor lights come on intermittently. Not consistent and go days between repeat issue. ABS/brake/esp: Comes on and when car is restart will not duplicate. Dealer replaced module and it came on again. Seat belt alarm: Will alarm even when seat belt is fastened. Airbag sensor: Came on then, when car was restart it would not duplicate. Happened 3 time in a week. Headlights replaced: Both replaced twice in one year. Locks: Will lock/unlock while driving when they already had been locked.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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