Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,925 miles

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2003 Volkswagen GTI seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 202004

GTI 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,850 miles


As I was getting into my car at night (2003 VW Gti) I noticed it was very cold. I then proceeded to try to turn the car on but the starter would not give, then to no avail I noticed that the airbag sensor light would not turn off. Roadside assitance through VW was contacted and stated unfortunatly under the extreme cold and due to it being so late at night they could not contact a tow to assist me.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 262004

GTI 6-cyl

  • miles
When the 2003 Volkswagen Gti VR6 was in a front end collision with a SUV and as a result was totaled the driver's air bag did not go off. It seems there may be more faulty aig bags out there in the 2003 year model Gti's. nothing has been done to fix this problem. People, you're safety is at risk.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

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