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3.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,510 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 #4

Nov 232011

Passat 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driver's side seatbelt failed to lock into place. Had to buy a new seatbelt for safety reasons.

- Camp Hill, PA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Oct 012008

Passat

  • 68,000 miles
Shoulder belt in center rear position is fully retracted and locked, making it unusable. Unknown cause this time. This is the second time it happened to us. The first time, we folded down the rear seat for cargo and then were unable to pull it back up. The first time, the retractor was replaced under warranty. Estimate to replace it this time is $450. Additional reports of the problem were found in discussion groups on the internet.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #1

May 102006

Passat 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Failure of air bag system caused by failure of the micro switch in driver's seat belt buckle. Fault occurred at 52,000 miles, at 104% of the original warranty. Manufacturer refused to acknowledge responsibility for failure by replacing part. Car had never been in an accident or any other traumatic event.

- Newark, DE, USA

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