Volkswagen AG is recalling around 18,529 Routan minivans (MY2009), adding to the MY2010 models it called back in 2011 for ignition switches that could be knocked into the accessory position and shut off the engine, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This brings the total number of vehicles recalled in the United States to around 31,270 vehicles. VW expanded the recall after Chrysler June sent in late documents for a callback of its own minivans over the same the issue, saying that MY2009 Routan minivans were also affected.
Chrysler called back 696,000 more minivans from (MY2008 and 2009), in addition to a recall of MY2010 models. Carmakers have been paying more attention to the issue of ignition switches even since General Motors recalled 2.6 million cars because of a faulty part tied to at least 13 deaths.
The issue has become the center of several probes at NHTSA, the US Congress and the US Department of Justice, as well as several state attorneys general.
Just like GM and other carmakers that have faced this issue, VW is advising owners of the recalled vehicles to remove all items from their key rings except for the ignition key, according to the NHTSA documents.
The German carmaker will notify owners of the recall while its dealers will modify the ignition switch at no extra charge, according to the NHTSA documents. VW is expected to commence the call back this month.