Recall Alert: Over 270,000 Subaru Ascent Models May Catch Fire

Recalls are simply a part of car ownership. Subaru has recalled more than 271,000 Ascent models due to fire risks. Here are all the details about this Subaru Ascent recall.

Is the Subaru Ascent a Good SUV?

A 2022 Subaru Ascent that could be a a part of the Subaru Ascent recall driving down a city highway.
2022 Subaru Ascent | Subaru of America, Inc.

The Subaru Ascent is one of the most popular midsize SUVs today. It offers excellent performance, plenty of interior space, and comes standard with all-wheel drive.

In terms of convenience and safety features, the Ascent has plenty to offer. Standard equipment includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, heated front seats, a power liftgate, a rear cross-traffic alert system, lane departure warning system with lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. There are also optional features like a panoramic moonroof and second-row captain’s chairs for added luxury.

The Subaru Ascent also comes with an impressive range of engines and transmission options. The 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 260 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. For those who want more power, there is also an available 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that produces up to 290 hp and 256 lb-ft of torque.             

Subaru Ascent recall information

Subaru has advised owners of some 2019 to 2022 Ascent models to park them outside, away from garages and other structures. It’s also recommended not to leave them unattended while the engine is running. If there is any sign of smoke or odors coming from the dashboard while driving, drivers need to pull over immediately, turn off their vehicle, and call Subaru roadside assistance.

According to CBS News, “The company says an electrical grounding bolt connected to the cabin heating system may have been improperly fastened. This problem can result in the grounding terminal and surrounding parts melting and increase the risk of fire when the vehicle’s PTC heater is on. The PTC heater is part of a back-up heating system that operates until the engine is warmed up enough to heat the passenger cabin.”

The good news? Only a small percentage of 2019 to 2022 Subaru Ascent SUVs are expected to have this problem. And there haven’t been any reported crashes or injuries caused by this issue.

Has my Subaru Ascent been impacted?

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Subaru will contact you by mail within 60 days if your vehicle has been involved in the recall. In the meantime, it’s best to reach out to Subaru directly or visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall website. There, you can enter your 7-digit vehicle identification number to determine if your model has been impacted.

Should I still consider a Subaru Ascent for my travels?

It’s no surprise that the Subaru Ascent has been a popular choice among car buyers since it was introduced in 2019. It offers an excellent combination of performance, comfort, convenience features, safety systems, fuel efficiency, and value for money – even despite its recent recall issues. With so much going for it, it’s easy to see why so many people choose the Subaru Ascent when shopping for their next family vehicle.