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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,370 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Passat seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 152009


  • 42,740 miles


1. frontal collision impacting with side of pick up truck making ill-timed left turn in front of me 2. driver's side airbag did not deploy. Passenger side (where no one or nothing was seated) did deploy. 3. my vehicle was declared a total loss

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 082005

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was involved in a automobile crash when another vehicle pulled out in front of me. I was the only person in my car at the time of the crash. I was traveling the posted speed limit and the other driver received a citation and was at fault. I was driving a 2003 VW Passat. The car had extensive front end damage mostly to the drivers side. The car was considered a total insurance loss by the other drives insurance company. The passenger side air bag deployed but the drivers side airbag did not. Since the damage to the front end of the car was extensive both air bags should have deployed. I received minor injuries because of the crash, but if I had been traveling at a higher rate of speed my injuries may have been much worse.

- Fuquay Varina, NC, USA

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