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Recall alert: Volkswagen recalls 679K vehicles over electrical issue

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By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Volkswagen AG has issued a recall of 679,000 cars sold in the U.S. since 2011.

The recall deals with electrical issues where a driver could take out the key after coming to a stop, even if the car was not in park. Silicate can build up on the shift lever micro switch and cause the problem, Reuters reported.

The car will show that it is in park but it is still in gear, CNET reported.

The car could then roll away, according to Reuters.

The recall involves the following Volkswagen models:

  • Jetta
  • Beetle
  • Beetle Convertible
  • Golf
  • Golf SportsWagen
  • GTI.

The cars affected come from various model years, from 2011 to 2019.

Dealers will turn off a micro switch, install a different switch outside of the gear lever housing and add a new circuit board, CNET reported.

Owners of affected vehicles will be alerted about the issue on or after Oct. 11, according to CNET.

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