Recall Alert: 2009 Volkswagen Routan

Volkswagen has issued a recall for 15,902 Routan vehicles from the 2009 model year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall affects vehicles built between June 2008 and July 2009, which may have an improperly routed wire harness that allows the lower sliding door hinge bracket to make contact and wear through the wire insulation. This contact with a 12-volt power feed circuit could cause a short circuit within the latch mechanism of the sliding door. This could lead to a fire within the rear sliding door if the latch overheats.

Volkswagen will inspect the sliding door wire track assembly and power drive unit and repair or replace components if needed. The service will be performed for free. For more information, owners may call Volkswagen at 800-822-8987 or NHTSA’s hot line at 888-327-4236



Wow, they could not included the annoucement when Dodge did it. Since this is just a rebadged Dodge.


There was a delay there,wonder if VW will be fined for not announcing a recall sooner.


Will the Congressional investigations begin tomorrow? Oh that's right none of the incumbents can benefit...

Mark M

As everyone has already predicted...this relationship was doomed from the start and will start to fade fast. Can't understand why VW would arrive late to the minivan party and have a one night stand with Dodge!


Forget the Chrysler, oh sorry, I meant Volkswagen Routan and make way for the rebirth of the Microbus that has been hinted at since 2001. I like VW, but they REALLY couldn't make their own minivan? They certainly have the correct technology.

The real shame is that the Routan looks WAY better than the Dodge/Chrysler minivans (although that's not saying much).

DEATH & INJURY risk! Volkswagen 2010 Routan suddenly shuts off

DEATH & INJURY risk! Volkswagen 2010 Routan suddenly shuts off while driving on the highway at 65mph. This has happen more than a few times. Today is the last straw as I was driving on the highway with my kids. I barely survive the incident. I have been taking the vehicle to vw service multiple times. I keep getting the runaround and they say the vehicle is fine as they cannot reproduce the issue. I guess my kids’ lives are not important to VW. The van is bran new and only has 8K miles. VW said that they could not do anything and the only advice was that if it shuts off again DONOT Turn on the vehicle STAY WHERE YOU ARE just call road side assistance. That is the most ridiculous advice I have ever heard! I would need to stay in the middle of the highway or in between a traffic intersection with my kids. I have struggled so much to escalate this and now finally VW has replace the ignition switch base on the 03/10/11 recall. This van also has other problems with the automatic doors. These doors smash my kids and have had some injuries because of this. You trigger the doors to open and you think they will remain open but they don’t lock. The doors rapidly close them self, trapping anything in their way. The same behavior happens as you walk away and think the door will shut and lock. You come back from walmart and see that the doors are wide open. The last thing I need is some SICKO hiding in the vehicle and I think my vehicle is safe for me and my kids. Also when you put the van in reverse the vehicle stutters and jerks with little tork. I have taken the vehicle for these issues as well and they are not able to replicate so they cannot do anything. In the process of all of this I have also found the most depressing news, my VW is actually a Chrysler. I could not believe it when I heard this but I confirmed it. No one ever told me that I was actually buying a Chrysler van. I thought I was buying a German vehicle. These horrible events have been traumatizing for me and my family. I have not picked up the car from service since and I am trying to get VW to put in on another vehicle. I have read that other people have had these repairs done and they still are shutting off and squashing their kids. I have spoken to VW since I turn in my car for service and told them I don’t want the vehicle any more. VW keeps giving the runaround and have been stringing me along telling me that they will help me but to wait for their call TOMORROW. I have been waiting for over 2 weeks since I took the van in to service. Every day I call back as they don’t keep their promise of a call back. I however get the same individuals and they say they can’t do anything until the car gets fixed. Well what if they car does not get fixed or takes months, am I supposed to wait? I struggle so much to get a car rental from them and when I did, they got me a compact vehicle. I can’t transport my family in that! After complaining so much they finally approved a larger vehicle rental. I have received the call from service saying the vehicle is ready for pickup and it has been repaired. I called VW again now that the car service is completed and now the VW people are saying that they can’t do anything and to pick up the vehicle. Why string me along if you know that was the only option they were going to give me. They said to give them one more day and to expect a call back again. I asked them what is the procedure or the plan but they said they could not tell me anything about their internal processes and to just wait for a call. I guess at this time I have no choice but to take legal action. I have been a loyal VW owner for 8yrs but if VW does not put me in a GERMAN vehicle I can expect legal action is the only alternative.

Jose Avila

I have own a 2009 Routan, from day one had a shaking problem with the front end. They changed the rotors, tires,pads, and the problem is still there. It will wear off the right front pad at a ratio of 2 to one. They have been unable to correct the problem and started to charge me after th warranty was over.I have a progress note, or clinical chart thicker than two inches.

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