Volkswagen is expanding a three-year-old recall of its Chrysler-built Routan minivans because of ignition switches that can be knocked out of the drive position and shut off power. According to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators. VW is recalling about 20,417 Routans from the model year 2009 in the United States and Canada, adding to the 2010 models it recalled in 2011 for the same issue. A VW spokeswoman said on Friday there have been no reported accidents, injuries or deaths related to the issue, and no other markets were affected. The automaker expanded the recall after Chrysler sent documents for a recall of its own minivans for the issue, saying 2009 Routan models were affected as well, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. Attention to the issue of ignition switches that can be inadvertently turned off while driving, causing the loss of air bags, power steering and power brakes, has increased after General Motors recalled 2.6 million cars because of a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths.
First published August 8 2014, 8:00 AM