hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,625 miles

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2005 Volkswagen Beetle seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Volkswagen Beetle Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 172011

Beetle 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


Air bag system failure - light illuminated, replaced control module in dashboard, did not correct the error. VW dealer and company refuse to discount repairs even after being provided 100's of documents proving the same issue on other similar cars. This failure is similar to NHTSA campaign number 08V178000, but my VIN is not included.

- Locust Grove, VA, USA

problem #3

Nov 042009


  • 53,000 miles
Airbag light on for second time, vehicle is out of warranty, has cost me so far $110 for a dealer to check and $117 for parts not to count my labor for replacement which would have been an extra $400 or so. I believe vehicle falls under a recall for the same problem and during the replacement of the bad parts I found the bad parts mentioned in the recall no. 08V178000 on my vehicle which I still have. Was told that my vehicle, was not part of the recall by VW America but according to the document no. Rcmn-08V178-2838.pdf found on this web site under defects & recalls, is in fact one of the vehicles that should have received a recall notice for this problem. I would like to be able to have my repairs finished, which should only require the airbag computer to be reset and my previous cost and possible labor charge refunded to me by VW of America.

- Reedville, VA, USA

problem #2

Feb 162009


  • 33,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen new Beetle convertible. While driving at an unknown speed, the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic and was informed that the air bag sensor failed and would cost $500 to repair. The dealer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 08V178000. The manufacturer has not been notified and the vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was 35,140 and failure mileage was approximately 33,500.

- Coeurdalene, ID, USA

problem #1

Aug 092008

Beetle 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volkswagen new Beetle. The contact received a safety recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 08V178000 (air bags:frontal:sensor/control module), and called Volkswagen to schedule a repair appointment. He had two scheduled appointments that were cancelled because the parts were unavailable. He was informed that Volkswagen was only allotting ten parts per week to the dealers for the repair. The failure mileage was 49,000. Updated 08/29/08. Updated 09/03/08.

- Edgewater, MD, USA

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