March 10, 2011 / 4:28 PM / 9 years ago

VW recalls minivans due to engine shutoff risk

The Volkswagen Routan debuts at the Chicago Auto Show February 6, 2008. REUTERS/John Gress

DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG recalled more than 12,000 Routan minivans in the United States because of a defect that could allow the key to slip while driving, causing the engine to shut down without warning.

The 12,612 minivans were manufactured from October 2009 through June 2010, according to a posting on the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration website on Thursday.

The Routan minivans have been built at Chrysler Group LLC’s plant in Windsor, Ontario since August 2008. Earlier this month, Chrysler, which is managed by Italy’s Fiat SpA, recalled more than 248,000 crossovers and minivans because of the same defect.

Volkswagen estimated that 3 percent of the recalled vehicles had the defect.

Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn

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