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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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,500 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 #2

Mar 312009


  • 81,000 miles


The rear middle seat belt on the car got stuck (or locked). No accident or misuse of the equipment happened. It happened when I was reinstalling my child seat. Now, I am unable to install the child seat. It is a big safety issue and I recommend the government have the manufacturer fix it. There are several other complaints about this incident that I could find when searching on the internet. Not sure if they have officially been reported to the government. Please feel free to reach me if you need more information.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 012003

Passat 4-cyl

  • miles
2001 Volkswagen Passat notice to manufacturer, memorandum of facts and request for compensation. (nar). After the vehicle was returned tot he consumer after service, the consumer noticed that the front passengers side seat belt was inoperable. A month later the vehicle's engine stalled while driving. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who determined that the #4 coil failed.

- Piedmont, CA, USA

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