Canadian drivers should be checking the model of their car after Volkswagen recalled 100,000 cars throughout Canada. Volkswagen has announced that thousands of cars have been recalled throughout the nation after a problem was discovered that could cause these cars to roll away unexpectedly. Now, the company is asking anyone with certain models to take their car back to the dealership, where it will be repaired. 

According to CTV News, 117,000 cars were recalled in Canada, while 679,000 cars were recalled in the United States. The recall, which won't start until October, has been called after it was discovered that a problem with the switch lever allows some cars to roll away, posing a risk to those who are around the vehicle. 

It has been reported that silicate can build up on the shift lever switch. This allows drivers to be able to take the key out of the vehicle without the car being placed into park, allowing the car to roll away. 

In order to fix this problem, dealers will add a switch to all recalled circuit boards to ensure that the car won't roll away unexpectedly. So far, no injuries have been reported. 

The recall covers a variety of Volkswagen vehicles, including the 2011 to 2018 Jettas, 2015 to 2019 GTIs, 2012 to 2019 Beetle Convertibles and the 2017 to 2019 Golf SportWagen. To find out if your car has been recalled, you can keep an eye out on Transport Canada's Website. 

However, this isn't the first time that Volkswagen has been recalling their vehicles in recent years. Earlier this year, Volkswagen recalled over 50,000  Atlas CUVs and Passat Sedans across Canada due to a headlight defect that could limit the visibility of the car. 

Last summer, Volkswagen also recalled 700,000 SUVs around the world warning that headlights could short circuit if they became wet. 

In extreme cases, the heat from the short-circuiting could damage the roof, or even start a fire in the car.  

Volkswagen states that some models of the current recall may produce a warning sound or error message that shows this microchip has failed, allowing drivers to know that their car has been affected by the recall.

All owners will be notified of the recall no later than October 11. 


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