Volkswagen recalls 679,000 U.S. vehicles that could roll away

Drivers can remove the key without placing the car in park, which increases the risk the vehicle could roll away.
A staff member cleans the logo of a Wolkswagen ahead of the annual general meeting of the German carmaker in Berlin in 2018.
A staff member cleans the logo of a Wolkswagen ahead of the annual general meeting of the German carmaker in Berlin in 2018.Tobias Schwarz / AFP - Getty Images

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By Reuters

Volkswagen said Friday it is recalling 679,000 U.S. vehicles sold since 2011 that could roll away because of an electrical issue.

The automaker said drivers could remove the key after stopping without placing the car in park, which increases the risk the vehicle could roll away. VW said a build up of silicate on the shift lever micro switch contacts is to blame.

Dealers will install and additional switch and circuit board and disable a micro switch. A Volkswagen spokesman said there are no reports of injuries. The recall covers the Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf Sportwagen and GTI from various model years from 2011 through 2019.