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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,520 miles

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2002 Volkswagen Passat seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2002 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 032010

Passat 6-cyl

  • 70,040 miles


Air bag warning light came on in our 2002 VW Passat V6 with 70,040 miles. Our repair shop discovered that the seat belt assembly that receives the buckle was not registering the buckle being fastened. We replaced the part #B0858471kfcn to restore the airbag to operation. We were told that the air bag would not inflate while driving with this defective seat belt assembly. We have notified Volkswagen of the problem and asked them to cover the $356.35 repair cost.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 042006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 91,000 miles
Driving North in the far right lane on gallatin pk in nashville, tn, another driver in the South bound turning lane turned into oncoming traffic with no warning. My view was obscured by the line of traffic in the left hand North lanes. The car I was driving (2002 VW Passat) hit the car that turned in to my lane in a direct, classic T-bone hit. I never saw the car and hit the car at approx. 32 mph without braking. The driver's side airbag on my car failed to deploy although the passenger side airbag did deploy. I was wearing a seat belt, but the car seat also slid forward and I hit the steering wheel. The back seats came unlatched and everything flew forward through the car at impact.

- Nashville, TN, USA

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