Volkswagen announced today it is recalling certain Routan vans for an ignition switch issue similar to the one which plagued millions of General Motors small cars.
The problem: Rough road conditions or another jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move from the ‘Run’ position to the ‘Accessory’ or ‘Off’ position. This would turn the engine off, in turn deactivating the airbags and cutting power to the various systems in the car including the power steering and power braking. If any of these systems fail, it could increase the risk of a crash and increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Vehicles affected: 2009 model year Volkswagen Routan minivans are affected by the recall. These vehicles are built on the same production line as the Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Lancia Grand Voyager in Canada.
Number of vehicles being recalled: About 18,562 units are affected, VW says.
The fix: VW says drivers should immediately remove any extra weight attached to their key ring, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob for the vehicle should also be removed. VW will notify owners and dealers and modify the ignition switch free of charge. The recall is expected to begin sometime this month.
Contacts: VW says owners may contact customer service at 1- 800-822-8987 or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.