Vehicles Affected: Approximately 679,000 model-year 2015-19 Volkswagen GTI and Golf GTI hatchbacks; model-year 2015-16 and 2018-19 Golf hatchbacks; model-year 2012-19 Beetle coupes and convertibles; model-year 2017-19 Golf SportWagen wagons; and model-year 2011-19 Jetta sedans, all equipped with an automatic transmission, manual handbrake and keyless entry
The Problem: A buildup of silicate on the shift lever microswitch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition when the transmission shift lever is not in Park, increasing the risk of an unintended rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.
The Fix: Dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board for free.
What Owners Should Do: Volkswagen will begin notifying owners Oct. 11. Owners can call the automaker at 800-893-5298, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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