Volkswagen Group of America is recalling 679,027 model year 2015-2019 GTIs, model year 2015-2016 & 2018-2019 Golfs, model year 2012-2019 Beetles & Beetle Convertibles, model year 2017-2019 Golf SportWagens and model year 2011-2018 Jettas with an automatic transmission, manual handbrake and keyless entry.
A build-up of silicate on the shift lever micro switch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition when the transmission shift lever is not in "Park."
Removing the key while the shift lever is in a position other than "Park" increases the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.
What to do
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin October 11, 2019.
Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 37M2.