Volkswagen has recently announced a recall for several examples of the Routan because of the ignition switch problem.
The Volkswagen Routan is the newest vehicle to suffer from the ignition switch problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the model in question with its issue can affect the safe operation of the airbag system and it is advising owners to remove all items from the key rings, leaving only the ignition key on.
“Until this recall is performed, customers should remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key. The key fob (if applicable), should also be removed from the key ring. Road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position, turning off the engine. If the ignition key inadvertently moves into the OFF or ACCESSORY position, the engine will turn off, which will then depower various key safety systems including, but not limited to, air bags, power steering, and power braking”, says the NHTSA in the recall summary of the problem.
The affected Volkswagen Routan vehicles are from the 2009 model year and they have been produced between June 25, 2008, and June 10, 2009, along with the 2010 Routan made between October 1, 2009, and August 11, 2010. The recall is covering a total of 20,676 units and owners of these models will be notified by Volkswagen as the company’s dealers will be replacing the ignition switch and key FOBs, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin soon but for any extra details on the topic, owners can contact the Volkswagen Customer Service at 1 800 822 8987 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1 888 327 4236.