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Volkswagen remembers 679,000 US vehicles that can roll away



WASHINGTON, August 23 (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG on Friday said it recalls 679,000 US cars sold since 2011 that could roll off due to an electrical problem.

The carmaker said drivers could remove the key after stopping without placing a car in the park, increasing the risk of the vehicle rolling off. VW said that a build-up of silicate on the switch lever microswitch contacts is to blame.

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circa 1950: Rows of & # 39; ; at a German Volkswagen plant. (Photo by Fox Photos / Getty Images)

View of a 1960s Volkswagen Beetle. (Photo by Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

circa 1975: Volkswagen Beetle cars parked. (Photo by Keystone / Getty Images)

DETROIT, USA: Media members surround the new Volkswagen Beetle following its January 5 launch at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Beetle, the best-selling car in history, is being offered on the US market after 19 years of absence. AFP PHOTO / Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit to read MATT CAMPBELL / AFP / Getty Images)

The New 1999 Beetle From Volkswagon. The Beetle Body Shape trademark is instantly recognizable, though it does not share any parts with the old Beetle. It is both larger (161.1 inches long and 96.3 cubic feet inside) and more powerful than its predecessor and the engine is no longer in the back. The car is available with a new turbocharged 150-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, a 115-horsepower 2.0-liter quad banger or a high-tech turbo direct injection diesel engine that gains 48 MPG on the highway and has a driving range of 700 miles. The New Beetle is a truly modern Volkswagen, with a fully galvanized bodywork and German engineered suspension. Plus a safety system, airbags * and 6-speaker cassette stereo. (Photo By Getty Images)

NUERBURGRING, GERMANY – OCTOBER 07: INTERNATIONAL ADAC EIFFELRENNEN 2000 Nuerburgring; VW NEW BEETLE CUP (Photo by Christof Koepsel / Bongarts / Getty Images)

384066 02: FILE PHOTO: The new Volkswagen & # 39; Microbus & # 39; the concept vehicle is displayed for this publicity image. Microbus was introduced January 7, 2001 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. (Photo courtesy of Volkswagen / Newsmakers)

398508 01: OUTDATED FILE PHOTO A redesigned Volkswagen Beetle appears in this undated file photo. Volkswagen officially opened a new assembly house near Dresden in Germany on December 11, 2001 to produce the new Phaeton luxury car, which represents a dramatic new step for the German car company away from the traditional medium and small car market. (Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG / Getty Images)

A worker passes by a Polo car at a production line in Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Company, June 9, 2003. One in 120 Chinese now owns their own car when the government announced that there were more than 10 million privately owned cars demanding Chinese roads, the state press said. AFP PHOTO / LIU Jin (Photo credit to read LIU JIN / AFP / Getty Images)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 16: Volkswagen Golf R32 exhibited during the Sydney International Motorshow at the Sydney Exhibition Center on October 16, 2003 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney International Motorshow is the largest collection of cars on display in Australia with sixty new production models unveiled and concept cars on display. (Photo by Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)

DETROIT – JANUARY 5: Volkswagen shows the Concept T vehicle at the North American International Auto Show on January 5, 2004 in Detroit, Michigan. The show, which will contain more than 700 cars, opens to the public on January 10. (Photo by Bryan Mitchell / Getty Images)

ZOUERAT, MAURITANIA: Finnish Juha Kankkunen drives his Volkswagen Touareg on January 05, 2005, during the sixth stage of the 27th Dakar Rally between Smara and Zouerat in Mauritania. Reigning champion Stephane Peterhansel in France won the stage. Peterhansel, hampered by a cold for two days, crossed the finish line in 4 hours 0min 29 sec to knock out the Mitsubishi driver, and two-time champion, Hiroshi Masuoka from Japan with 5min 58 sec and Volkswagen by Bruno Saby with 7 min 26 sec . AFP PHOTO MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit to read MARTIN BUREAU / AFP / Getty Images)

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY – MARCH 13: (LR) Volkswagen board members Detlef Wittig, Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, Horst Neumann, Martin Winterkorn, board chair in Germany Volkswagen, Jochem Heizmann and CFO Hans Dieter Poetsch pose for the new Volkswagen model & # 39; Scirocco & # 39; during the company's annual press conference on March 13, 2008 in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen Group increased revenues significantly last year. Profit before tax therefore grew to EUR 6.5 billion. (Photo by Andreas Rentz / Getty Images)




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Dealers will install and extra switches and circuit boards and disable a microswitch. A Volkswagen spokesman said there were no reports of injuries. The recall covers Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf Sportwagen and GTI from different model years from 2011 to 2019. (Reporting by David Shepardson)


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