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18,526 2009 Volkswagen Routan Minivans Recalled for Ignition Switch

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/8/2014 Karla Sanchez
2009 Volkswagen Routan Front View© Provided by MotorTrend 2009 Volkswagen Routan Front View

Last month, Chrysler recalled the Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Dodge Journey for an ignition switch issue similar to the one involved in GM's massive recall, and since the minivans are mechanically related to the Volkswagen Routan, the German automaker has issued a recall as well.

2009 Volkswagen Routan rear view© Provided by MotorTrend 2009 Volkswagen Routan rear view

The Problem: The ignition switch in certain 2009 Volkswagen Routans may inadvertently move out of the "run" position and turn off the engine, essentially disabling the operation of the airbag system in the event of a crash. Power steering and power braking may also become disabled. Volkswagen says bumpy road conditions or some other jarring event could cause the switch to move, and until the recall is performed, the automaker is encouraging owners to remove all items from the key ring so that only the ignition key is left.

The Fix: Volkswagen dealers will fix the ignition switch for free. Owners will start receiving notifications this month, but they can also call Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 18,526 2009 Volkswagen Routans built from June 2008 to July 2010.

Source: NHTSA

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