Volkswagen recalls 16,000 Routans over fire concerns

Volkswagen recalls 16,000 Routans over fire concerns

Volkswagen AG is recalling nearly 16,000 Routan model minivans for a sliding-door wiring defect that could cause a fire, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Friday.

This could occur due to incorrectly routed wire harness, a problem that could allow the lower sliding door bracket to make contact and wear through the wire insulation. This could lead to a short circuit which, in the worst case, could finally lead to a fire within the rear sliding door.

The German automaker says the recall involves 2009 Model Year Routans which were built from June 2009 through July last year, developed with Chrysler LLC and built at Chrysler's Windsor, Ontario, plant.

No injuries or crashes have been reported.

VW will inspect the sliding door wire track assembly and the sliding door power drive unit wire assembly for damage, tie strapping the two harnesses together and reroute them under the sliding door weather strip, also repairing or replacing the necessary components.

The recall will debut this month and VW dealers will fix the issue free of cost.

The Routan model is made in the United States by Chrysler, which on Monday recalled 284,831 Dodge Grand Caravans and Chrysler Town & Country models also due to an improperly routed wire harness which could cause a short circuit and eventually lead to a fire.