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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,268 miles

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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Volkswagen Passat seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 302010

Passat 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


I own a 2006 VW Passat with just over 60K miles. The air bag fault indicator light has come on and I have not had an accident. The dealer's solution was to replace the entire airbag unit at a cost of nearly $1000. It seems to me from reading the posts on this site and numerous others that this is a fairly common problem on a critical safety component that it is occurring after only a couple of years of ownership (far too early in the car's lifetime) and VW is not doing anything to correct the problem. It would be helpful to get VW to issue a service bulletin to correct the issue at their expense and also to warn drivers about a potentially dangerous issue with this safety equipment.

- Far Hills, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 012009


  • miles
I advised Volkswagen that I had the airbag malfunction indicator lamp on. They told me they could fix the issue for me but it would cost me about 900 dollars to fix. I have not fixed the issue because of the high cost. There is an issue with the 2006 Passat I own. The rep told me that a wiring harness under the passenger seat was built wrong. It is to short and the tsb that is out for this issue explains that a wiring harness with longer wires is needed. This is a serious safety issue. I have not been able to afford to fix the issue and Volkswagen of America denied my claim saying it was not there fault and that I was out of warranty. After looking at your recalls I noticed there is an exact recall for the Volkswagen cc with the same issue. Please help me.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 192010


  • 19,400 miles
I own a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. In the last year, I have had to have it serviced for drivers airbag faults five times. The Volkswagen dealer told me that there was no guaranty that the airbag will ever deploy in case of a crash. What can I do?

- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 122008


  • 942 miles
Air bag fault light keeps coming on. This is the fourth time it has come on. First came on 10/2006 dealer replaced malfunctioning R/front side airbag, connecters to harness were faulty as well. 1/2008 came on again, dealer repaired faulty wiring for passenger side. 5/2008 came on again, dealer dio found upper limit exceeded drivers side unit, faulty electrical wiring again. 6/2008 air bag light on again, dealer inspection found wires for drivers side front crash sensor faulty/poor contact. 6/2008 to present my airbag light is on again, have not taken it in yet cause I'm quite annoyed. Something is wrong with the whole airbag system and I pray to god that if I do have an accident all of my airbags will deploy but with all the repairs done I don't think they will. I would appreciate your help

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #1

Mar 222006

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
2006 VW Passat 2.0T airbag failure. Two previous airbag fault warning lights, dealer simply reset. On third failure light warning, I was advised the passenger seat airbag system was broken. VW of America advised me to "just drive" with the warning light on and that everything was ok!

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

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