Volkswagen has announced that they are recalling certain model year 2009 Routan vehicles manufactured from June 2008 through July 2009. They stated that these vehicles may have a condition where the lower sliding door hinge bracket can make contact and wear through the wire insulation. Contact with a 12V power feed circuit within the harness may cause a high resistive short circuit within the latch mechanism located inside of the sliding door.
This could result in a overheated latch and a fire within the rear sliding door could occur. Volkswagen will inspect the sliding door wire track wire assembly and the sliding door power drive unit wire assembly for damage, repair/replace as necessary, tie strap the two harnesses together and route the harness under the sliding door weather strip. This service will be preformed free of charge. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987.