really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,375 miles

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2009 Volkswagen Passat seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2009 Volkswagen Passat Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 192016


  • 0 miles


I received a notice from wv in April 2016. It is not December of 2016 and nothing has been done to address this recall. In addition to the recall I do have the airbag light on, in the dashboard signaling that something must be done asap. Thank you

- Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 132015


  • 90,000 miles
The steering wheel controls stopped working one day, along with the horn. Several days later, the airbag warning light came on, and the display shows "airbag fault" every time I start the car. I purchased an extended warranty for this car, and VW refuses to cover the repair. My local dealership diagnosed the problem to be a faulty clock spring.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #2

Sep 192011


  • 24,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Volkswagen Passat. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact crashed into an unknown object in the road. None of the front or rear air bags deployed. The contact suffered injuries from a bump to the forehead. Also, there was an occupant in the rear passenger seat, who sustained severe injuries to the brain and remained hospitalized. A police report of the incident was filed. The vehicle was deemed destroyed and was towed to a impound facility. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 24,000.

- Raymore, MO, USA

problem #1

Nov 062010


  • 15,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Volkswagen Passat. While turning left, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into a brick pillar holding up a building. The air bags did not deploy. There were no injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle also accelerated two additional times. The contact called the manufacturer who advised her to take the vehicle to an authorized dealer who stated that there was nothing wrong. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 15,500.

- Houston, TX, USA

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