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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,000 miles

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2008 Volkswagen Touareg seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Volkswagen Touareg Owner Comments

problem #2

May 042015


  • miles


Seat belt retractors, first rear passenger belt stop retracting, then rear center belt became unusable because it only retracts synching tighter as fold down seat operated. Now, driver side seat belt is loosing its ability to retract into column. No accidents or injuries have occurred but the seating positions are unusable. VW wants close to $1,000 to replace the passenger and center seat belts and retractors.

- Hatfield, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 072014

Touareg 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Seatbelt locked up while driving and does not unlock! many of the owners of the same model have reported this seat belt (middle passenger seat) locking up and not being able to unlock. This could be a major hazard in case of an accident and fire the passenger would not be able to release themselves except by cutting the seatbelt! even when driving normal and not being able to unlock yourself could be dangerous. The only way to get out is to cut the seat belt and the seat belt is not easy to cut if you do not have the proper cutting tool. We the owners of this vehicle would like NHTSA to address this issue with the manufacturers. I approached the VW customer care I was told by the VW customer care that they would not be able to help me at all. My vehicle is barely out of the certified pre-owned warranty by miles but it is still under warranty if you go by the number of years (less than 2 years) but VW is not concerned of this major manufacturing defect.

- Austin, TX, USA

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