The Volkswagen Routan’s name sounds more like a piece of Swedish furniture than a minivan, and if you’re the owner of a 2010 model, an issue with the ignition module could leave your Volkswagen just as immobile as the birch veneer wardrobe you recently assembled in your bedroom. “Volkswagen is recalling certain model year 2010 Routan vehicles manufactured from October 2009 through June 2010,” says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “Some vehicles may experience inadvertent ignition key displacement from the run to accessory position while driving causing the engine to shut off.”
It’s not surprising that Volkswagen’s minivan is subject to this recall. The Routan shares the same platform as the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country, which Chrysler recalled last week for this issue. In Chrysler’s recall, two accidents have been reported. “Chrysler notified Volkswagen Group of American that it would conduct a recall to address this defect on 2010 Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan and Dodge Journey vehicles, and that 2010 Routans manufactured by Chrysler were also affected by this defect,” writes Edmunds.
In all, Volkswagen is recalling 12,612 Routans in the U.S. and another 1,000 vehicles sold in Canada. Autoblog reports that, “Volkswagen will replace the ignition modules free of charge, and the recall campaign is expected to get under way during April of this year.” Owners can also contact Volkswagen directly at 1-800-822-8987.