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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,000 miles

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2009 Volkswagen Beetle seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #2

May 272015


  • 45,000 miles


Driver and passanger seat belt catches and later releases resulting in a loose seatbelt. On the lower portion of the seat belt where it attatches to the vehicle itself is allowed to slide back and forth according to the seats adjustments. However, on the back side of the of the sliding bar responsible to hold the belt has a 90 degree notch where the bar attaches to the frame. When the user uses restrains themself more often then not the belt catches in this notch area. Not allowing the belt to properly slide forward into the users currents position. Thus during some point of driving the vehicle the belt frees itselfs from the back 90 degree portions of the bar sliding forward. This results in a lose belt.

- Bozeman, MT, USA

problem #1

Sep 012012

Beetle 5-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
While in park and seated in driver seat pulled seat belt to lock, seat belt unraveled and won't retract at all.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

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