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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,500 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Passat seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 182013

Passat 4-cyl Diesel

  • 131,000 miles


The rear driver side seat belt retractor broke and will not retract.

- Whitinsville, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 072013

Passat 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The center rear seat belt retracting mechanism malfunctions and the belt tightens against the seat itself. Passengers using the center belt find it difficult to release the belt when fastened. After the belt retracts fully, the seat belt can no longer be used. If the rear seat back is subsequently "folded" down to allow for trunk access from the passenger compartment, the folded seat back will be stuck in the down position due to the center seat belt retracting without release.

- Manassas, VA, USA

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