What is wrong with a 1999 VW Jetta that starts fine but will not shift from park?

I hear there was a problem with the parking switch. The parking switch (what I call it) is the mechanism that is connected to the brake which would need to be depressed before you could shift out of park. It is a safety feature. So basicaly when you would push in the brake pedal the switch would not activate and therefore you could not shift out of park. FYI there is a recall on the parking switch.