Volkswagen Recalls Routan Minivans for Engine Shut Offs

Volkswagen dealers will replace the win module free of charge as is required by U.S. law.

Volkswagen of America is recalling 12,612 Routan minivan models because the vehicles may experience inadvertent ignition key displacement from the run to accessory position while driving, causing the engine to shut off abruptly.

It is the same recall that was announced by Chrysler last week because a Mexican-built part from Continental apparently is defective. Chrysler supplies Routan minivans to Volkswagen.

Dealers will replace the win module free of charge as is required by U.S. law. The safety recall is expected to begin during April 2011. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 about Volkswagen safety recall no. 28G1/U8.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

(See also Chrysler Recalls Town & Country and Dodge Caravan Minivans and Dodge Journey SUVs for Abrupt Engine Shut Offs)

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