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VW recalls 679K cars in US to fix potential rollaway problem

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 12: The company logo of automaker Volkswagen AG stands outside Volkswagen headquarters on March 12, 2019 in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said he is committing the company to an electric car future and has set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals for the VW by aiming to make the entire company CO2 neutral by 2050. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

DETROIT — Volkswagen is recalling about 679,000 cars in the U. S. to fix a problem that could let the cars roll away unexpectedly.

The recall covers certain 2011 through 2018 Jettas; 2015 through 2019 GTIs; 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 Golfs; 2012 through 2019 Beetles and Beetle Convertibles; and 2017 through 2019 Golf SportWagens. All have automatic transmissions, manual hand brakes and keyless entry.

VW says silicate can build up on a shift lever switch, allowing the key to be removed if the lever isn’t in park. That could let the cars roll off unexpectedly.

Dealers will add a switch and circuit board to fix the problem. The recall starts on Oct. 11.

A VW spokesman says he’s not aware of any crashes or injuries due to the problem.

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