By Colleen Kave, J.D.
Build-up of silicate on switch contacts may enable improper key removal from ignition.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. has recalled approximately 679,027 2015-2019 GTI, 2015-2016 and 2018-2019 Golf, 2012-2019 Beetle and Beetle Convertible, 2017-2019 Golf SportWagen, and 2011-2018 Jetta vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, manual handbrake, and keyless entry because a build-up of silicate on the shift lever micro switch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition when the transmission shift lever is not in "Park." The company warns that removing the key while the shift lever is in a position other than "Park" increases the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 19V615, Report receipt date: August 22, 2019).
Remedy. Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 11, 2019.
Contact information. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 37M2. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Companies: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
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