Recall Alert: 2009 Volkswagen Routan

img1352184252 1456416977480 jpg 2009 Volkswagen Routan | Manufacturer image


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1,000 model-year 2009 Volkswagen Routan minivans manufactured between Feb. 7 and Aug. 28, 2008

The Problem: The airbag control units may corrode and fail, causing the airbags to not fully deploy in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury. Also, the airbags may inadvertently deploy, increasing the risk of a crash. Earlier this month, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled approximately 112,000 vehicles – including an unspecified number of Routan vans it had manufactured for Volkswagen – for the same airbag-deployment problem; FCA said it was aware of seven minor injuries related to the issue, but no accidents.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the airbag control unit for free.

What Owners Should Do: Volkswagen has not yet announced an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-893-5298, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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