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VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE - 2002 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Problems & Complaints

 
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There are 160 complaints filed for the 2002 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2002 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2002 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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Equipment (2) Latches Locks Linkages (4) Service Brakes Air (1)

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SEAT BELTS

3/16/2008 - BARRINGTON, IL
AIR BAG LIGHT INTERMITTENT. 3RD TIME FOR SERVICE TO AIR BAG SYSTEM. 1ST EVENT WAS IN WARRANTY - REPLACE CLOCK SPRING, 2ND AND 3RD EVENTS WERE NOT COVERED - OVER 50K MILES AND EXTENDED WARRANTY CLAIMS THEY DO NOT COVER SAFETY RELATED SYSTEMS INCLUDING AIR BAG SYSTEMS. 2ND ISSUE, WAS TOO SHORT IN LENGTH OF WIRING HARNESS LEADING TO CLOCK SPRING. 3RD ISSUE WAS DUE TO SEAT BELT SWITCH, NOW LIGHT IS AGAIN ON. HAVE NOT TAKEN CAR BACK TO DEALER YET.

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AIR BAGS

2/5/2008 - TALL TIMBERS, MD
AIRBAG LIGHT CAME ON. I TOOK IT TO THE DEALER SERVICE DEPARTMENT AND THEY SAID IT IS CAUSED BY A BAD WIRING HARNESS IN THE DRIVERS SEAT. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE AIRBAGS WILL NOT WORK IF THE LIGHT IS ON. VW OF AMERICA REFUSES TO COVER THE COST OF THE REPAIR (ALMOST $400) BECAUSE IT IS NOT UNDER WARRANTY. THE PROBLEM BEGAN AT ABOUT 52,000 MILES. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL. CONSUMERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR A MANUFACTURER DEFECT!

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING: BRAKE LIGHTS

1/29/2008 - PORTLAND, OR
TL CONTACT OWNS A 2002 VOLKSWAGEN NEW BEETLE. WHEN THE VEHICLE IS TURNED ON THE AIR BAG INDICATOR LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE INSTRUMENT CONTROL PANEL. THE DEALER STATED THAT THE AIR BAG WAS DEACTIVATED AND THE SEAT BELT LATCH SYSTEM NEEDED TO BE REPAIRED IN ORDER FOR THE AIR BAG SYSTEM TO FUNCTION PROPERLY. THE CONTACT WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THE REPAIR BECAUSE AIR BAG WAS NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY. THE VEHICLE NEEDS TO BE REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 51,000 AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 52,000. UPDATED 02/14/08. THE BRAKE LIGHT BULB AND RIGHT REAR TAIL LIGHT WAS INOPERATIVE. UPDATED.

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AIR BAGS

1/29/2008 - PORTLAND, OR
TL CONTACT OWNS A 2002 VOLKSWAGEN NEW BEETLE. WHEN THE VEHICLE IS TURNED ON THE AIR BAG INDICATOR LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE INSTRUMENT CONTROL PANEL. THE DEALER STATED THAT THE AIR BAG WAS DEACTIVATED AND THE SEAT BELT LATCH SYSTEM NEEDED TO BE REPAIRED IN ORDER FOR THE AIR BAG SYSTEM TO FUNCTION PROPERLY. THE CONTACT WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THE REPAIR BECAUSE AIR BAG WAS NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY. THE VEHICLE NEEDS TO BE REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 51,000 AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 52,000. UPDATED 02/14/08. THE BRAKE LIGHT BULB AND RIGHT REAR TAIL LIGHT WAS INOPERATIVE. UPDATED.

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SEAT BELTS

1/29/2008 - PORTLAND, OR
TL CONTACT OWNS A 2002 VOLKSWAGEN NEW BEETLE. WHEN THE VEHICLE IS TURNED ON THE AIR BAG INDICATOR LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE INSTRUMENT CONTROL PANEL. THE DEALER STATED THAT THE AIR BAG WAS DEACTIVATED AND THE SEAT BELT LATCH SYSTEM NEEDED TO BE REPAIRED IN ORDER FOR THE AIR BAG SYSTEM TO FUNCTION PROPERLY. THE CONTACT WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THE REPAIR BECAUSE AIR BAG WAS NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY. THE VEHICLE NEEDS TO BE REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 51,000 AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 52,000. UPDATED 02/14/08. THE BRAKE LIGHT BULB AND RIGHT REAR TAIL LIGHT WAS INOPERATIVE. UPDATED.

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING: TAIL LIGHTS

1/29/2008 - PORTLAND, OR
TL CONTACT OWNS A 2002 VOLKSWAGEN NEW BEETLE. WHEN THE VEHICLE IS TURNED ON THE AIR BAG INDICATOR LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE INSTRUMENT CONTROL PANEL. THE DEALER STATED THAT THE AIR BAG WAS DEACTIVATED AND THE SEAT BELT LATCH SYSTEM NEEDED TO BE REPAIRED IN ORDER FOR THE AIR BAG SYSTEM TO FUNCTION PROPERLY. THE CONTACT WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR THE REPAIR BECAUSE AIR BAG WAS NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY. THE VEHICLE NEEDS TO BE REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 51,000 AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 52,000. UPDATED 02/14/08. THE BRAKE LIGHT BULB AND RIGHT REAR TAIL LIGHT WAS INOPERATIVE. UPDATED.

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LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES: DOORS: LATCH

1/25/2008 - SANDWICH, IL
DEFECTIVE DOOR LATCH ,,,SAFETY ISSUE BECAUSE THE WARNING LIGHT DOES NOT COME ON WHEN YOU OPEN DOOR. I HAVE TWO 2002 VW BEETLES AND THEY BOTH HAVE NON WORKING WARNING LIGHTS DUE TO DEFECTIVE LATCHES, FAULT. BOTH PROBLEMS ARE VERY COMMON, BUT VW DOESN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. ALSO WHEN YOU CALL THE DEALERSHIP PARTS DEPARTMENT THESE LATCHES ARE IN STOCK DUE TO HIGH RATE OF FAILURE. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL ON THE DOOR LATCH, THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE. THE VW DEALER WANTS 450.00 TO REPLACE THE DOOR LATCH, SO MOST PEOPLE WILL BE DRIVING AROUND WITHOUT THIS SAFETY EQUIPMENT. PLEASE MAKE THEM STAND BEHIND THERE PRODUCT . THANK YOU

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LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES: DOORS: LATCH

1/25/2008 - SANDWICH, IL
DEFECTIVE DOOR LATCH ,,,SAFETY ISSUE BECAUSE THE WARNING LIGHT DOES NOT COME ON WHEN YOU OPEN DOOR. I HAVE TWO 2002 VW BEETLES AND THEY BOTH HAVE NON WORKING WARNING LIGHTS DUE TO DEFECTIVE LATCHES, ALSO AIRBAGS DON,T WORK DUE TO FAULT. BOTH PROBLEMS ARE VERY COMMON, BUT VW DOESN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. ALSO WHEN YOU CALL THE DEALERSHIP PARTS DEPARTMENT THESE LATCHES ARE IN STOCK DUE TO HIGH RATE OF FAILURE. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL ON THE DOOR LATCH, THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE. ALSO THE AIR BAGS NEED TO BE RECALLED. THE VW DEALER WANTS 450.00 TO REPLACE THE DOOR LATCH, AND THE AIRBAGS START AT ABOUT 800.00 SO MOST PEOPLE WILL BE DRIVING AROUND WITHOUT THIS SAFETY EQUIPMENT. PLEASE MAKE THEM STAND BEHIND THERE PRODUCT . THANK YOU

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AIR BAGS

1/25/2008 - SANDWICH, IL
DEFECTIVE DOOR LATCH ,,,SAFETY ISSUE BECAUSE THE WARNING LIGHT DOES NOT COME ON WHEN YOU OPEN DOOR. I HAVE TWO 2002 VW BEETLES AND THEY BOTH HAVE NON WORKING WARNING LIGHTS DUE TO DEFECTIVE LATCHES, ALSO AIRBAGS DON,T WORK DUE TO FAULT. BOTH PROBLEMS ARE VERY COMMON, BUT VW DOESN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. ALSO WHEN YOU CALL THE DEALERSHIP PARTS DEPARTMENT THESE LATCHES ARE IN STOCK DUE TO HIGH RATE OF FAILURE. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL ON THE DOOR LATCH, THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE. ALSO THE AIR BAGS NEED TO BE RECALLED. THE VW DEALER WANTS 450.00 TO REPLACE THE DOOR LATCH, AND THE AIRBAGS START AT ABOUT 800.00 SO MOST PEOPLE WILL BE DRIVING AROUND WITHOUT THIS SAFETY EQUIPMENT. PLEASE MAKE THEM STAND BEHIND THERE PRODUCT . THANK YOU

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EXTERIOR LIGHTING: TURN SIGNAL: FLASHER UNIT

1/7/2008 - MIDLOTHIAN, VA
I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY 2002 VW NEW BEETLE AS IN PE 04073: TURN SIGNAL/HAZARD FLASHER FAILURE: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TURN SIGNAL:FLASHER UNIT. THE FLASHER DOES NOT WORK CONSISTENTLY: IT STARTS, THEN STOPS AFTER ONE OR TWO BLINKS. THE TIMING OF THE BLINKS ARE ALSO ERRATIC. MY MODEL NEEDS TO BE COVERED BY THIS RECALL.

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