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.
Model Year: 2010
Manufacturer: VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC
Mfr's Report Date: MAR 01, 2011 NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V151000
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.
AN ENGINE SHUTTING OFF SUDDENLY WHILE DRIVING COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
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.
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 .