hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,545 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 192016


  • 70,000 miles


Air bag light came on and stayed on. Car shop said the seat belt switch assembly failed, and needed to be replaced. If there was a crash, the seat belt would not lock and the driver would be thrown into the air bag.

- Homer Glen, IL, USA

problem #6

Aug 272014


  • 118,403 miles
I'm the original owner of a 2001 Beetle with 11,8450 miles. On Aug 27, 2014, the driver side seat belt suddenly loss tension and went limp while I was driving! the seat belt can not be retracted. The VW service the way the seat belt became loose is a major safety hazard, and it should be on official record. VW denied responsibility and my request for the repair cost.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 112013


  • 255,411 miles
Continue over heating blowing head twice engine light stay on brake lights on left side don't work alarm wont lock left side doesn't work and back seat is totally unsafe for kids. Front is vary unstable it feel like it going to fall off to low to the ground, etc......it goes on and on.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 072010

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


The state of Virginia requires vehicle inspections, one item requires that dash warning lights for seat belt and airbags operate correctly. Our 2001 VW Beetle has an airbag warning light that would not go out. The VW dealer charged $100 to diagnose the fact that the driver's seat belt (micro chip) was the culprit and for another $500 the problem could be corrected. Feeling this dealer was trying to "rip me off" I searched the internet for information on this problem. There are literally thousands of comments from owners of VW cars with the same complaint. I contacted Volkswagen of America, customer care advocate, for information on this safety item and inquired why the excessive charge from their dealers. A simple reply was returned saying they did not see a need for a recall to correct a recurring problem. The problem is that if the sensor does not believe the seat belt is fastened, the airbag will not deploy in a crash. I wish to add my voice to the many complaints I found in the NHTSA web site regarding Volkswagen of America's disregard for the lives of their customers, so their dealers can make money from a repeated correction to this problem. At your request I will provide facts, documents, and evidence concerning my complaint.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #3

Jan 262010


  • miles
Why don't you have a catalytic converter problem for the 2001 Volkswagen Beetle. The company is replacing them. I just had one installed after having the engine light indicate I had a problem.

- Norwell, MA, USA

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problem #2

Oct 012002

Beetle 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I was removing my seat belt and it slipped from my hand. After that the air bag default light came on and has stayed on. Two dealerships have told me there is a problem with the seat belt latch, but that the air bags will still deploy. The dealers are autobarn VW in evanston, il and jennigs VW in glenview, il. However city VW tells me the air bags won't deploy due to the failure light being on and that the buckle has to be replaced. I heard of other people having the same problems on the VW blogs on the web.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 292004


  • miles
Consumer felt that the airbags and seat belts should not be hooked up together. Both airbags and seat belts were inoperable.

- Colton, OR, USA

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