Volkswagen is planning to recall 33,168 Golf and Golf SportWagen vehicles due to a rollaway risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in some cases, the ignition key could be removed from the vehicle when it is not in park.
The NHTSA says that a buildup of silicate on micro switches of the shift lever could allow the key to be removed from the car while the shift lever is not in the park position, which increases the risk of an unintended rollaway that could cause an injury or crash. Volkswagen and the NHTSA did not indicate if any crashes or injuries have occurred as a result of this issue or what percentage of cars under this recall campaign could potentially have this problem.
Only Golf and Golf Sportwagen models from the 2015 through the 2018 model year that start with an actual key are suspected of having this issue — vehicles equipped with push-button start are not affected.
To fix the issue, Volkswagen dealers will install an additional circuit board and switch. The recall is scheduled to begin Sept. 8 and will be performed at no charge to the owners.
Owners of these vehicles who have questions or concerns can contact the automaker directly at 1-800-893-5298 and use the recall code 37L5.
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