NHTSA Opens Safety Investigations into Volkswagen and Audi Models
Volkswagen is recalling about 679,027 Jetta sedans, Beetle coupes and convertibles, GTI hatchbacks and Golf hatchbacks and wagons because of potential rollaway risks. According to Consumer Reports, it is possible in these vehicles to remove the ignition key when the shift lever is not in “park.” This recall only applies to vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, a manual parking brake and keyless entry. If the driver removes the key from the ignition when the vehicle is not in park, there is a risk that the vehicle may roll away, which could result in a crash.
Details of the Recall
A Volkswagen spokesperson told Consumer Reports that the company is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this problem. Officials said in these vehicles, a switch that indicates the position of the shift lever might fail. When this happens, it might be possible to remove the key from the ignition when the vehicle is not in park, increasing the risk of a rollaway. When the recall begins on Oct. 11, dealers will install replacement parts at no charge to vehicle owners. For more information, contact Volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298.
If you believe your vehicle may be a part of this recall, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website. If your vehicle model pops up, it is important that you take it to the dealer for the free repair. Under the law, dealers should not charge you anything for recall-related repairs. Consumer Reports recommends that you check back with this website regularly because automakers issue recalls often, and for older vehicles.
Rollaway defects can be dangerous not just for vehicle occupants, but also for others on the roadway such as bicyclists and pedestrians who could be struck and seriously injured by a vehicle that rolls away. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of these or other defects, contact an experienced auto defect lawyer who can help you seek and obtain compensation for losses including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. The best auto defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.