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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 #1

Jan 012007


  • miles


Ditto on the "NHTSA id number: 10252376". my 2003 base model Golf's airbags were turned off (airbag light on), and the issue was one of the 3 sensors in the driver's seatbelt latch stopped working. It's been many years ago (I bought it new), and I don't remember what year that was, but I did contact VW on this, and believe I also sent an E-mail to both NHTSA & iihs on this. This is an inexcusable design (GM is having a similar issue with its ignition switch & airbags being turned off). The seatbelt latch was replaced, and has been working fine for years now. It currently has 167,000+ miles on it. It does have some positives. The front brakes have never been replaced, and didn't have to replace the rear brakes until 90,000. The clutch has never been replaced, and still works good (even with a ton of stop-N-go traffic). There should be a legal requirement that all of the airbags are always on, no matter what, when the vehicle is moving, whether or not the ignition is on, the seatbelts are latch, etc. Also, there should be a legal requirement that all rear turn signal lights must be bright orange, not red. This is a safety issue. A bright orange light stands out as a turn signal, whereas a blinking red light could be the driver tapping on the brakes. Not easy to tell when you can only see one corner of a vehicle.

- Everett, WA, USA

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