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Subaru recalls Ascent SUVs due to fire hazard

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Subaru says Ascents should be parked away from structures and should not be left unattended with the engine running until repairs are made.

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DETROIT (AP) — Subaru is telling owners of nearly 272,000 SUVs in the United States to park them outside because of the risk of fire.

The company is recalling climbs from 2019 to 2022 after receiving reports of two fires. No injuries were reported.

The company says a bolt that holds the ground terminal of a heater may not have been secured properly during assembly.

This can melt the terminal and surrounding parts, increasing the risk of fire.

Subaru says Ascents should be parked away from structures and should not be left unattended with the engine running until repairs are made. If an owner notices or smells smoke around the dashboard or the driver’s footwell, they should shut off the engine and call a dealer or roadside assistance.

Dealers will replace the bolt and a ground wire and connector bracket if necessary.

Subaru says owners will be contacted within 60 days. They can check if their Ascent is affected by entering their 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number here.



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