really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,299 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 182009

Beetle 4-cyl

  • 69,896 miles


This is my second complaint to safercar.gov and I haven't received any contact from anyone on this matter. All I want is for my air bag system to be fixed for free by VW in stockton ca. My airbag light is on for the fourth time in four years that I have had the 03 VW Beetle convertible and every time, VW has found that the sensor is at fault. Now this time, VW wants to charge me $678 to fix it. There is no recall on this. It is 00003 control module defective. I am extremely angry that they will not fix this knowing that this is the fourth time that the air bag light came on. VW knows that my airbag light comes on and they supposedly fix the sensors free of charge each time, but this time, they will not. They need to make a recall on this thing. Im sick and tired of having to have my car serviced over a light. Please help me.

- Ca, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 272006

Beetle 4-cyl Diesel

  • 52,000 miles
- the contact's air bag warning light turned on after the vehicle reached 51,000 miles. The contact took vehicle to a Volkswagen dealer and was told that the computer controller for the air bag system needed to be replaced by the owner at a cost of $1000. The contact stated that on December 27, 2006, while driving at 55 mph, the right side passenger's air bag / curtain deployed for no reason, bruising a passenger in the car. The weather at the time the air bag deployed was nice. The contact stated that he wanted to pursue Volkswagen to get air bag repaired and working properly. The contact stated that Volkswagen should pay for the repair.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #1

Apr 222004


  • 26,000 miles
While driving at 20 mph consumer's vehicle crashed into the rear end of another vehicle. Consumer was wearing a seat belt that did not lock up. Also, passenger's side airbag deployed, but driver's side air bag did not. Consumer sustained minor bruises to the chest and head.

- Midway Park, NC, USA

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