Volkswagen AG has recalled more than 18,500 Routan minivans in the U.S. for an ignition defect similar to the one that General Motors has had to deal with this year. The recall, which affects model year 2009 Routan vehicles, will address a defect that can inadvertently allow the ignition key to slip into the “off” or “accessory” position in bumpy road conditions, turning off the engine and disabling air bags and other safety systems. Volkswagen, Europe’s largest carmaker, was to begin taking the vehicles in for repairs last month after initially reporting the recall to NHTSA on July 1st.
The Routan minivans at issue were actually manufactured by Chrysler Group LLC, which notified Volkswagen in June that the ignition defect impacts 2009 Routan models. The move came as part of an expansion of a 2011 recall of Chrysler and Dodge minivans and all-wheel drive vehicles, which also included some 2010 Routans and now encompasses nearly 900,000 vehicles in all, according to NHTSA documents. The 18,526 vehicles included in the latest recall brings the total number of Routans recalled over the ignition defect to 31,270.
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