VW Recalls Nearly 19K Routan Minivans Over Ignition Defect

By Lance Duroni (August 8, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT) -- Volkswagen AG is recalling more than 18,500 Routan minivans in the U.S. for an ignition defect similar to the one that has plagued General Motors Co. this year, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators on Thursday.

The recall, which affects model year 2009 Routan vehicles, will address a defect that can inadvertently allow the ignition key to slip into the "off" or "accessory" position in bumpy road conditions, turning off the engine and disabling air bags and other safety systems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a letter acknowledging the recall.

Volkswagen, Europe's largest carmaker, expects to...

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