Days after BMW announced that they would be recalling their 1-Series over possible fire risks, Volkswagen is joining them on the sidelines by recalling over 15,000 of their very own Routan minivans that were manufactured between June 2008 and July 2009 because of similar fire risks that could potentially lead to something much more catastrophic.

According to Volkswagen, the problem with the Routan minivans stems from the door hinges on some models that could tear because of wire insulation and thus, could lead to a short circuit and, worse case scenario, could possibly start a fire.

The Routan’s problems have also plagued the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country with which Chrysler issued a similar recall earlier this month that covered about 284,831 units of the two models.

Volkswagen has already announced that owners of the Routan will have their vans inspected - and if necessary, repaired - including both the wire assembly and the sliding door power drive unit, as well as two harnesses that will be tied together and be rerouted under the sliding door weather strip. All repairs will also come at no expense to the vehicle owner.


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  (134) posted on 05.27.2011

I truly don’t believe that these brands have made recall for defective parts! I think I wouldn’t be shocked if Toyota has involve in this scenario.

  (507) posted on 05.27.2011

It is sad to hear this kind of news! I really don’t get this car manufacturer that makes us drool on their production and yet make a recall for their defective car!Fail!

  (380) posted on 09.27.2010

Made me laugh pretty hard. Well done.

  (571) posted on 08.5.2010

What’s wrong with VW. Are they following the step of Toyota, that we all know, recalling their products as well.

  (666) posted on 06.17.2010

well good thing that the there are only 15,902 unit to be repaired.

  (205) posted on 06.16.2010

Awch! to those who owns a Routan minivans, I can’t imagine how they sell their proverbial souls for success. Well, I think this is just all about money.

  (313) posted on 06.16.2010

This vehicle may have Been built with an improper routed wire harness that may have a condition where the lower slide door hinge bracket can make contack and wear through the wire insulation.

  (228) posted on 06.15.2010

Oh what the heck, There are to many recalls today due to defective parts. This problem should be solved ASAP to regain the trust of their clients.

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