Volkswagen Recalls Over 679,000 Vehicles Due to Roll Away Risk
If you or someone you know is the proud owner of a Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle, GTI, Golf, or wagon, keep reading. Your ride may be one of over 679,000 recently recalled by the manufacturer due to the possibility it may roll away while you're not in it.
According to Consumer Reports, the issue reportedly centers around a switch that indicates which gear the vehicle is in. Meaning it's possible you may think your vehicle is in park, but could very well still be in reverse or drive.
The recall applies to the following makes, models, and years:
- 2012-2016 Beetle coupes manufactured from June 10, 2011, through July 29, 2016
- 2017-2019 Beetle coupes manufactured from July 15, 2016, through June 4, 2019
- 2012-2016 Beetle convertibles manufactured from Feb. 15, 2012, through July 28, 2016
- 2017-2019 Beetle convertibles manufactured from July 7, 2016, through June 4, 2019
- 2015-2016 Golf hatchbacks manufactured from March 29, 2014, through July 23, 2015
- 2018-2019 Golf hatchbacks manufactured from April 9, 2018, through May 9, 2019
- 2017 Golf SportWagen wagons manufactured from June 23, 2016, through July 12, 2017
- 2018-2019 Golf SportWagen wagons manufactured from June 26, 2017, through May 13, 2019
- 2015-2017 GTI hatchbacks manufactured from Feb. 11, 2014, through July 23, 2017
- 2018-2019 GTI hatchbacks manufactured from July 17, 2017, through May 9, 2019
- 2011-2014 Jetta sedans manufactured from March 18, 2010, through July 18, 2014
- 2015-2018 Jetta sedans manufactured from July 11, 2014, through Dec. 9, 2017
The recall is expected to begin on October 11th (2019). To find out if your specific vehicle is impacted, enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) on the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration's website. Not sure where to look for that? Start with one of the more common places, along the driver's side of the dashboard on the edge closest to the front of the car (you should be able to see it through the windshield), on the driver's side door jam, along the front or top of the engine, or on the engine frame. The dashboard and door jam will be the easiest places to look.
[Sources: Consumer Reports / Vehiceidentificationnumber.com]