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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,896 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Golf seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012006

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,687 miles


Second time the front driver's side air bag has malfunctioned -- warning light comes on that airbag is not properly functioning. November 2005 and September 2006. Dealer would not repair then as now. VW ordered repairs and replaced bag and harness in November 2005. All airbags will not function if a problem with harness. This will be the second harness, igniter, etc to be installed. Parts will be available upon repair this time ( a quite costly Venture). VW will not admit a serious problem, but non-VW repair centers know of this problem.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #2

Apr 162002


  • miles
While driving the passenger's side airbags deployed on 4/16/01, and three days later drivers side bags deployed also without apparent reason.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #1

Oct 152001

Golf Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When consumer got inside of vehicle and turned on engine, driver's side air bag deployed without prior warning, bruising consumer's arm, dealer and manufacturer were contacted.

- Toronto Ontorio, CD, USA

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