really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,061 miles

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2003 Volkswagen Golf seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Volkswagen Golf Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 282005

Golf 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact stated while driving at 40 mph the driver's side curtain and seat airbag deployed with no collision. This happened where a side street meets a main street. He went to the emergency room and was suffering from frequent headaches and hearing loss in left ear. He has to see a specialist for the hearing loss. The rear passenger's hand was pinched between the window and airbag. This caused swelling in his hand. The insurance company stated it was a manufacturing defect. No corrections have been made at this time.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Feb 042005


  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Consumer stated when touching the curb with the tires driver's side airbag deployed inadvertently. PE04081....ak

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #2

Oct 232003


  • 10,000 miles
While proceeding from a light and making a right hand turn at about 25 mph consumer hit a bump, and air bags deployed.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 052003

Golf 4-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,245 miles
I hit a medium size pothole in the road and my passenger side airbags inflated. Dealer says the module says the car was in danger of tipping over and there was no malfunction. My rear tire was damaged as there is a bubble in the sidewall but there was no undercarriage damage and there was no impact.

- New Egypt, NJ, USA

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