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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,883 miles

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2006 Volkswagen Passat seat belts / air bags problems

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2006 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #28

Jun 212006


  • miles


Takata air bags.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #27

Apr 142016

Passat 6-cyl

  • 65,562 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the air bag warning light and seat belt warning light were constantly illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the seat belt assembly, piston, and sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was approximately 65,562....updated 06/30/16 the consumer stated the driver seat belt was frozen and giving an air bag malfunction warning. Updated 07/13/16.

- Glenview, IL, USA

problem #26

Apr 092016


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V079000 (air bags); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Hamden, CT, USA

problem #25

Apr 072016


  • miles


"takata recall" when will I be notified by Volkswagen when this airbag will be repaired?

- Brick, NJ, USA

problem #24

Nov 272015


  • 100,000 miles
I have an air bag light on and I get a warning sign that it should be serviced. Wipers are not that effective and I keep on having fogy windows so I have to keep on adjusting the heat.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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problem #23

Mar 042014


  • miles
Horn and airbag had suddenly stopped working after having the car for only 7 years. Was thinking it might have been a problem with the fuse, but sadly no. Sometimes the horn suddenly bursts to life in short sessions, but only when the vehicle has just turned on, rarely is it heard. Also, the turbo seems to take much longer than usual to reach the next gear, (again, this seldomly only happens when the vehicle has just started)

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #22

Aug 042015


  • 31,000 miles


Airbag light come and stays on. The code is vag 01218 side airbag igniter, frt pass side upper limit exceeded. Intermittent. Dealer says I have to replace the complete airbag system at $700 cost. Why is this not part of the general recall on this issue this is exactly the same issue in VW has release a service action for this issue. Service action 97U3/T3. Why is not my car included in this" this should be a complete recall. Here is link to why am I paying for this"

- Fort Lee, NJ, USA

problem #21

Sep 302015


  • 153,000 miles
The airbag light came on and when I took the care in to get checked out I was told that something on the inside rubs the wires and due to that turns off the entire airbag system. It is not an issue caused by consumers since it is internal and a very critical safety issue. They pass on the charge to the consumer which is right around $1,200. This is completely unacceptable on multiple levels.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #20

Sep 022015


  • 102,000 miles
The air bag control module needed to be replaced. The cost should be covered by a recall. Volkswagen is refusing to pay.

- Milton, MA, USA

problem #19

Nov 032014


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the air bag warning light illuminated and failed to turn off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where it was diagnosed that the wiring connection to the harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The technician notified the contact that they were retrieving random codes. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #18

Nov 132014


  • 38,394 miles


During mild acceleration the airbag warning light came on for the passenger side airbag, the seat was unoccupied at the time. The dealer unplugged and reconnected the light and reset the waning light. He then ordered a new wiring harness pn 3C0971366de which was installed on 11/26/2014. This part is connected to a part repaired under recall 97U3 pn 5K0998582 on 01/14/2011. I do not trust the air bag system in this car and think there is reason for an investigation. The explanation of the problem was inadequate and other complaints on the internet indicate an on going problem. I was told the probable problem was salt and corrosion but this is not the case. I have the old wiring harness and it is in mint condition. I think the most likely problem is poor contact mating. (the part is available for your inspection if you would like.) please add this vehicle to your on going investigation of similar Passat's and jetta's.

- Arden Hills, MN, USA

problem #17

Dec 032014

Passat 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
Air bag warning light came on while driving.

- Grand Island, NE, USA

problem #16

Jul 212014

Passat 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Broken seatbelt sensor causes airbag fault. I am not sure now if airbag will work. Online search indicates many people have same problem. Airbag fault should be covered by recall because seatbelts should not fail under normal use after 105000 miles.

- Haddonfield, NJ, USA

problem #15

Jan 012013


  • 153,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the passenger's side air bag sensor could not detect when the passenger's seat was occupied. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, who advised the contact that the passenger's side air bag sensor was defective and referred the contact to an authorized dealer for a software update. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the air bag module would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacture was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 153,000.

- Acushnet, MA, USA

problem #14

Sep 162013


  • 64,000 miles
Air bag light came on when car started in 2006 VW Passat. I called the dealer since there was a recall on the airbag, they claimed that they fixed my airbag a few appointments back and it wouldn't be a part of this recall. When I asked if it would have a recall due to it being a major safety issue, Volkswagen advised me that I can pay to have it fixed. My car is "too old for a warranty extension". this bothers me since I have 9 airbags in which none will deploy and they refuse to service this safety issue for free. Upon googling the issue, it seems to be a widespread problem with not only the Passat but the jetta's made the same year.

- Canonsburg, PA, USA

problem #13

Mar 012012

Passat 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The air bag light came on and when I took it to the dealership (Volkswagen) they said it needed to be replaced the first time they quoted $900. I did not have it done do to the car was never in an accident to affect the airbag. I told the dealership it was Volkswagen problem and they should fix it without charge. They denied. I took the car in for the 80,000 mile check and once again they stated the airbag system needed to be replaced and now they quoted $750. Once again I told them it was Volkswagen problem and they should stand behind their cars. Once again no satisfaction (the light is still on).

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #12

Dec 112010

Passat 4-cyl

  • 2,011 miles
Trunk has difficulty closing. Seat belt don't work properly. Airbag light along with the motor light turn on. These lights were never really fixed by the car dealer. The passenger back door does not lock most of the time leaving the car without the alarm working.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #11

Jan 102012


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact also stated that the horn stopped functioning when the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. In addition, the dealer previously replaced the wiring harness for the air bag and a bolt in the steering wheel. The dealer did not inspect the vehicle, but the dealer stated that the previous wiring harness replacement was not related to the current failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 93,000.

- Marvate, FL, USA

problem #10

Apr 062012

Passat 4-cyl

  • 38,775 miles
April 6, 2012 while driving the vehicle the airbag fault light came on - drove it immediately to the closest VW dealer who said the repairs would not be covered by any warranty, and the entire bill would be my responsibility. Problem could be caused by one of six possibilities, and the cost to repair could not be determined until it was diagnosed by a shop tech. Complaint made directly to VW the following day, with no reply yet. Am now driving a car with 8 airbags that won't work in the event of an accident - a car I purchased new in 06 with cash specifically for the airbag safety features and which has had one problem after another earning it the lemon designation.

- Maricopa, AZ, USA

problem #9

Mar 112011


  • 30,925 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. The driver was traveling approximately 55 mph when a vehicle crashed into the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The crash caused the driver to crash into the vehicle in front of her and damage the front end. The vehicle came to a stop when it crashed into a guard rail on the highway. A police report was filed. The driver of the vehicle was transported to the hospital by ambulance. The driver sustained injuries to her chest. The contact stated that the air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was towed to the insurance company where it was being inspected. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 30,925.

- North Bethesda, MD, USA

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