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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,667 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 072007

Passat 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 148,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volkswagen Passat. While driving 30 mph the driver and passenger side air bags deployed without warning. The manufacture stated that the vehicle was out of warranty. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were 148,000.

- Kensington, NH, USA

problem #2

Jul 142005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
Caller said the air bags deployed without warning. While driving caller said both curtin air bags deployed over the doors. Caller said he did not have a crash or hit a bump. Caller said an engine warning light came on, and there wa sa blinking warning light. Caller made appointment to have it looked at, but did not make it before the air bag deployed. Vehicle was at dealer, and they said they have never seen this before. Manufacturer has not been contacted yet.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #1

May 242003

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
While the vehicle was parked with the engine off, the side airbags deployed. Dealer notified.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

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