Approximately 679,000 model-year 2015-19 Volkswagen GTI and Golf GTI hatchbacks; model-year 2015-16 and 2018-19 Golf hatchbacks; model-year 2012-19 Beetle coupes and convertibles; model-year 2017-19 Golf SportWagen wagons; and model-year 2011-19 Jetta sedans, all equipped with an automatic transmission, manual handbrake and a flip-out metal ignition key are being recalled due to issues with the gear shift lever. A buildup of silicate on the shift lever microswitch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition when the transmission shift lever is not in Park, increasing the risk of an unexpected rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.

Volkswagen will begin notifying owners Oct. 11. Owners can call the automaker at 800-893-5298 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.

To fix the problem, dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board.

Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.

Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.