• Mar 11, 2011
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Volkswagen is recalling 12,612 Routan minivans for an ignition fault. The recall covers 2010 model year vehicles manufactured between October 2009 and June 2010, and NHTSA says that the vehicles' ignitions may inadvertently switch between "run" and "accessory," effectively shutting off the engine.

If that sounds familiar, it should. Chrysler, the automaker that makes the Routan for Volkswagen, recently announced a recall covering nearly 250,000 Dodge Grand Caravan and Journey models for the exact same issue.

NHTSA is concerned that if the ignition turns off the engine in the Routan, an accident could occur, though at this point it's unclear if any injuries have resulted from the default.

Volkswagen will replace the ignition modules free of charge, and the recall campaign is expected to get under way during April of this year. Hit the jump for the full recall notice.



[Source: NHTSA]
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Make: VOLKSWAGEN

Model: ROUTAN

Model Year: 2010

Manufacturer: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC

Mfr's Report Date: MAR 01, 2011 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V151000

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NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:SWITCH

Potential Number of Units Affected: 12,612 Summary:
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 ROUTAN VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 2009 THROUGH JUNE 2010. SOME VEHICLES MAY EXPERIENCE INADVERTENT IGNITION KEY DISPLACEMENT FROM THE RUN TO ACCESSORY POSITION WHILE DRIVING CAUSING THE ENGINE TO SHUT OFF.

Consequence:
AN ENGINE SHUTTING OFF SUDDENLY WHILE DRIVING COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE WIN MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

Notes:
VOLKSWAGEN SAFETY RECALL NO. 28G1/U8. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 3 Years Ago
      And that's the best quality VeeDub ever sold.
      • 3 Years Ago
      These are good vans! Big deal they have a firmware glitch with the goofy key fob.
      Sounds like the customer is getting the fix. I do think I would rather have the old brass cut key instead.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you lie down with dogs you'll wake up with fleas.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If they re-badged the Caravan it would look like a Caravan, but it doesn't. Different front and back, different interior bits. I always thought the Routan was the best looking of the three.
        • 3 Years Ago
        So it looks like not just the general public is fooled ... the general blogging community as well. So when the headlights are a different shape it's not a re-badge? Wow.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone know why there are about 200 maybe more 2010 Routans just sitting in a storage lot in Romulus Michigan? I have passed by them everyday on my way to work since well before winter.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes! If they go cheap enough for sure I would buy one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait i thought the Routan's were German engineered? Isn't that what VW tell us?
        • 3 Years Ago
        You could say that, because the current Chrysler van was developed under Diamlers` ownership.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Brooke Shields is not amused.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That picture was taken (or faked) up the 401 from the Windsor Chrysler plant at the Montreal Expo centre. Those crazy buildings are Habitat 67.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmmm now that is a surprise...
      Cool people
      • 2 Years Ago
      We have had great experience with my wife's Roiutan. We would recommend it for family duty.
      • 3 Years Ago
      and they want to sell more cars in USA...sounds easy :P
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