really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,700 miles

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2003 Volkswagen GTI seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Volkswagen GTI Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 232013


  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Volkswagen Gti. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle slid over ice and crashed into a tree. The contact indicated that none of the air bags deployed. A police report was filed and the driver sustained whiplash. Medical attention was not required. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the damages were repaired, but the failure was not diagnosed. The contact also stated that while driving and approaching a ramp, the curtain air bags deployed for the front passenger seat and the headliner. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 252009


  • 103,000 miles
The airbag light keeps coming on. VW votex web page (for VW enthuiasts) lists that it is a known problem with a seat belt sensor that triggers and airbag warning light. I have had it reset three times at $60 a session...for a known problem. I have been driving some time with the light on. I have some concern that the airbag would not deploy in an accident. I have written VW about it and was given a lame excuse and then ignored.

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 042013

GTI 4-cyl

  • 67,800 miles
2003 VW Gti airbag light came on without an accident, collision, bump or crash and stayed on all the time, this condition makes the airbag system inoperative at the time of a real collision, I belong to a VW club ( vwvoertwx.com) and this seems to be very popular issue among VW Gti two door, technically this has to be a manufacturing defect that VW should be obligated to correct.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 092005

GTI 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I was driving at 15 mph and hit a pothole. All of a sudden my passenger side airbags deployed along with the passanger side seat airbag. There is no damage to the car what so ever. There was no reason for the airbags to deploy imagine airbags depolying every time someone ran over a pothole. The dealership (www.reydelvw.com) refuses to cover this under warrenty.

- Absecon, NJ, USA

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