Volkswagen Recalls Routans for GM-Like Ignition Switch Problems

Volkswagen Recalls Routans for GM-Like Ignition Switch Problems
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August 8, 2014

Volkswagen seems to be experiencing similar ignition switch issues that caused the recall of millions of General Motors (GM) cars.

The German car manufacturer is recalling about 18,500 2009 Routans because road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. Without engine power, the car's airbags, power breaks and power steering will all fail to work.

GM issued its first recall earlier this year for a similar problem.

If the ignition key inadvertently moves into the 'off' or 'accessory' position, the engine will turn off, depowering various key safety systems including, but not limited to, airbags, power steering, and power braking. Loss of functionality of these systems may increase the risk of a crash and/or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Until this recall is performed, owners should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will modify the ignition switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin this month. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1- 800-822-8987. Volkswagens number for this recall is 28G1/U8. This is an expansion of NHTSA Recall No. 11V-15111V-151.