Volkswagen is recalling 12,612 Routans

Volkswagen is recalling 12,612 Routans

The National Highway Safety Administration has recently announced that Volkswagen is going to recall 12,612 Routan minivans because of an ignition fault. It appears to be the same issue that concerned Chrysler's Dodge Grand Caravan and Journey. The engine faces the danger of being shut off as the ignition is likely to inadvertently switch between "run" and "accessory" and thus increasing the risk of a crash. It is till not clear whether any injuries were the result of this defect. According to NHTSA press release, the German car company will replace the ignition modules free of charge. The car models affected by the recall, which is expected to begin during April 2011, were built between October 2009 and June 2010. The car enthusiasts may consider this recall a familiar one, as Chrysler recently announced its intentions of recalling 250,000 minivans and crossovers, which presented the same issue. Another reason for this similarity is represented by the fact that Chrysler makes Routan for Volkswagen. Dodge Journey, Dodge Grand Caravan and certain 2010 Chrysler Town and Country, are vehicles which were built at the same time as the Routan, between August 3, 2009 and June 17, 2010, featuring those ignitions mentioned previously, that could accidentally switch off and thereby causing the shut down of the engine. According to Volkswagen's official reports, 15,902 Routans built between June 2008 and July 2009, were recalled. The reason seems to be the hinge of the sliding door of the minivan was in danger of making contact with the wiring harness, then wearing through the wire insulation, eventually leading to a high resistive circuit within the latch mechanism located inside the sliding door.


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