VW Recalls 679K Cars In U.S. That Could Unexpectedly Roll Away

WWJ News
August 23, 2019 - 10:13 am
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The Volkswagen logo is displayed on a Volkswagen Golf car at the Volkswagen factory on March 8, 2018 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)


DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Volkswagen is recalling about 679,000 cars, sold in the U. S. since 2011, to fix a problem that could let the cars roll away unexpectedly.

The recall covers certain 2011 through 2018 Jettas; 2015 through 2019 GTIs; 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 Golfs; 2012 through 2019 Beetles and Beetle Convertibles; and 2017 through 2019 Golf SportWagens.  All have automatic transmissions, manual hand brakes and keyless entry.

Basically, explained WWJ Auto Beat Reporter Jeff Gilbert, drivers of these cars may think they're parked when they're not. 

"An electrical problem could disable a safety system that only lets you take the key out when the vehicle is in park," Gilbert reported. "That increases the risk of a rollway. "

A VW spokesman said he's not aware of any crashes or injuries due to the issue. Dealers will add a switch and circuit board to fix the problem once the recall begins on Oct. 11. 

No Volkswagen SUVs are involved in this recall.