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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,500 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 GTI accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2001 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 222010


  • 89,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Gti. The contact stated that the heated front passenger seat caught fire and burned through the passengers jacket. The contact did not have the vehicle inspected or repaired. The contact stated that he was no longer utilizing the heated seat function and the failure had not recurred since. The failure and current mileage was 89,000. Remailed 05/12/11

- Niles, OH, USA

problem #1

Mar 102010


  • 110,000 miles
In my 2001 Gti glx VR6 the drivers side heated seat, heats up so much that it burns my legs, actual red burn marks! even if turned down to the lowest setting the seat will burn me. I know in my friends 2002 jetta they had their heater in the seat replaced by VW for the same issue free of charge. I have been to VW and they say it's not covered. I want to use the heated seat but never trust it to not burn me.

- Newport, NH, USA

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