Volkswagen has called for a massive recall of hundreds of thousands of vehicles over a problem that could cause them to roll away.
The German automaker announced on Friday that it was recalling 679,000 US vehicles sold from 2011 onward. The problem is an electrical malfunction that can cause the cars to roll away even when set to park. The company blamed a build-up of silicate in the shift lever’s micro switch, as dealers typically install an additional switch and circuit board, disabling a micro switch. Despite the sheer scale of this problem, a Volkswagen spokeswoman has come out stating that there have been no reports of injuries over the issue.
The recall affects vehicles made from 2011 onward. The affected makes include the Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf Sportwagen, and the GTI. The same recall has also affected 117,306 Canadian vehicles sold from 2011 through to 2019. All of these vehicles, regardless of make or the country where they were sold, have automatic transmissions and manual handbrakes. They also all allow for key-less entry. The recall is set to start on October 11th, when dealers will start adding a switch and circuit board to correct the problem.
If you suspect that this recall is affecting you, you can check the company’s website. If your car was purchased in Canada, you can check Transport Canada’s website for information as well.