really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,404 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Passat seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 032009


  • 140,000 miles


Recently I was in a rear end collision (I was car in the back) and I totaled my 2001 Volkswagen Passat. The passenger airbag deployed with no passenger and my driver airbag failed to go off at all. This worries me as to think if I had been going faster then 20mph whether the airbag would've gone off at all. My father in law who is a mechanic says he has never in his life seen the passenger airbag but not the drivers go off. He has seen it the other way around but not this way.

- Park City, UT, USA

problem #7

Sep 242008


  • 53,650 miles
I have a VW Passat 2001 model. I was driving my car to office. At around 8.10 am on 09/24/2008, a car collided from back while I was waiting at a signal. My bumper was damaged a little and my front passenger side air bag cover had popped out. Immediately I called my insurance and reported the accident explaining the series of events. The other party involved in accident complained his accident to his insurance company and accepted his fault, as per which their insurance company agreed on to pay for the damages. A estimator took an estimate after viewing the damaged car. A couple of days later there was a check issued on my name and also list of repairs to be done. The popped out airbag was not considered a part of accident by the estimator. I tried to clearly explain him saying that his client has seen the pop out happened because of the accident and has agreed on to proceed through his insurance. When I explained all this estimator was adamant that it was not a part of accident and said it would take 25-30 $ to fix it and as per which I took to a few mechanics to get it done and no one was willing to touch the air bag saying it is vulnerable and needs to be taken to the dealer. When I took to the dealer he was saying its going to incur a huge cost as it is airbag and the entire dash board needs to be removed to get this thing fixed. I have no idea what needs to be done about this and needed help in this aspect. I have all the claim numbers and also the required information in this aspect. I don't think my car is safe enough to drive as the airbag can deflate any tine. Please guide me in this aspect.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #6

Mar 082007

Passat 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,580 miles
- the contact stated that the 2001 Volkswagen new Passat driver's side airbag didn't deployed upon impact during a crash. While driving at about 40 mph on a cold dry day, another vehicle ran a red light and she hit another head on. The contact stated that the passenger's side airbag deployed, but no one was sitting on the passenger's side, but the driver's side airbag didn't deploy. The contact would like to know why the airbag didn't deploy. The contact had police and insurance reports. The current and failure mileage were both 85,580.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #5

Sep 282002

Passat 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles


As consumer entered the parking lot, the vehicle all of a sudden accelerated, consumer had no control over the vehicle and subsequently crashed through some large boulders and into a ditch, the side airbags deployed, however the front air bags did not, consumer suffered injuries.

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #4

Oct 082000


  • miles
Consumer states that the airbag warning light keeps illuminating. Cause is unknown.

- Manhasset, NY, USA

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problem #3

Sep 012002


  • miles
At highway speed consumer rear ended another vehicle when brakes failed to stop. Upon impact, airbags did not deploy.

- Floral Park, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 022002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front crash at 50 mph and neither airbag deployed. Damage to vehicle unknown at this time.

- Sayreville, NJ, USA

problem #1

Dec 162000


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Cruise control was set at 65 mph with about 400 miles on vehicle, and brakes did not turn off cruise control. Vehicle did not stop. Driver had to use emergency parking brake, and crashed into vehicle in front of him. Upon impact, driver's and passenger's airbags did not deploy, which did not protect the occupants. VW did not give consumer a loaner car and could find nothing wrong with vehicle.

- Mountainview, CA, USA

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