Volkswagen Recalls Over 33K Golf Models

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, Automotive Editor - July 31, 2018

Owners of the Volkswagen Golf and Golf Sportwagen should keep an eye out for a notice from the German automaker in early September. The notice will indicate the necessary steps to fix a possible issue with the shift lever and ignition that is the focus of a new recall.

The recall, affecting 31,168 Golf and Golf Sportwagen models in North America, means the models don't comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard regulation. The recall only affects certain 2015 to 2018 Volkswagen models.

It appears that a build-up of silicate on the shift lever switch contacts could allow the key to be removed from the ignition even if the transmission isn't placed in “Park.” If this happens, the car could roll away, causing injury or death. Volkswagen doesn’t note any accidents related to the issue.

Due to the fact this defect exists, the affected models don't comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, specifically number 114, “Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention.”

Volkswagen will begin sending out notifications to affected customers via mail starting Sept. 8. Affected vehicles will have an additional switch and circuit board installed at the dealership for free. In the meantime, owners can check their VIN at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website to see if their vehicle is affected.

, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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