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Around 20,000 Chrysler-Built Minivans Recalled by Volkswagen

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Liana DeMasi2 years ago

Volkswagen is recalling about 20,000 Routan minivans following reports that the vehicles ignition switches can shift out of the run position while the vehicle is still in motion.

Faulty Ignitions Can Cut Engine Power

According the The Detroit News, the Volkswagen, Chrysler-made minivans are being recalled because certain road conditions or other events that would significantly move the car can cause the ignition switch to move out of place.

If and when this occurs, the engine is turned off, which would disable many safety systems including airbags, power steering and power breaking.

It is suggested that all Volkswagen owners should have only their ignition key on their key ring to help avoid this issue. Recalled vehicles will receive a new module and set of keys.

Last year, a similar issue found in General Motor vehicles resulted in multiple congressional hearing and hundreds of lawsuits. The faulty GM ignition switches have since been linked to 84 deaths.

Facts about the Minivan Recall

  • 20,000 Routan 2009-10 minivans are being recalled.
  • The 2009 Routan will start to be fixed this month and the 2010 Routan will start in August.
  • Once the ignition is turned off, airbags go into energy reserve causing the airbags to only be available for less than a few seconds.
  • It is likely that 2008-2009 models are also experiencing the same problems as they have the same ignition switch module.
  • The 2008-2009 models have 66 consumer reports and one crash incident that resulted in no injuries.


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