A 2015 Volkswagen Golf driving

Volkswagen is recalling 33,168 Golf and Golf Sportwagen vehicles from the 2015 through 2018 model years because in some cases, the ignition key can be removed even though the vehicle is not in Park. That could allow the vehicle to rollaway unexpectedly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The problem is caused because contacts on a switch may get contaminated, allowing the ignition key problem, Volkswagen says.

Golf and Golf Sportwagen models with push-button start are not affected, Volkswagen says. 

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 33,168 select Volkswagen Golfs and Golf Sportwagens from 2015 to 2018 model years.

The problem: Contacts on a switch can get contaminated, allowing the ignition key to be removed even if the vehicle is not in Park. This can create a rollaway risk.

The fix: Dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board, free of charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: The recall is expected to begin Sept. 8, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 800-893-5298.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V464000. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 37L5.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: Plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. It will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

CR members can stay up to date on their car recalls using our Car Recall Tracker.

2015 Volkswagen Golf shifter