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Subaru recalls quarter million Ascent SUVs due to fire concerns


Electricity is a capricious beast. Send it the wrong way for a little too long, and things can heat up to the point where fires can become a concern. As Subaru’s latest recall shows, even something as simple as a loose bolt can become a major flashpoint.

Subaru has issued a recall for approximately 272,000 units of the 2019-2022 Subaru Ascent three-row SUV. Owners concerned that their vehicle may be part of this recall can go to Subaru’s website or NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to learn more.

This recall stems from a ground bolt that is part of the positive temperature coefficient heater, which is a component that helps the vehicle provide heat to the passenger compartment before the engine is fully warmed up. This bolt may be improperly secured to the vehicle, and if so, the radiator ground terminal and other nearby parts may melt, increasing the risk of fire.

Fortunately, Subaru said in its press release that it has not received any information about any crashes or injuries resulting from this issue. To remedy the issue, Subaru will replace the ground bolts in question and, if necessary, also replace the associated ground wire and connector bracket. The automaker estimates that only 0.6% of recalled vehicles will require full component replacement.

Owners covered by this recall should receive official notices in the mail within 60 days. In the meantime, the automaker recommends owners not leave their vehicle idling unattended and park the vehicle away from garages or other structures until the recall is over.



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