Subaru recalls over quarter -million SUVs over fire risk, advises owners not to park in garages.


Subaru has issued a recall for approximately 272,000 examples of the 2019-2022 Subaru Ascent three-row SUV.

Just like the Bolt EUV recall warnings, owners of these affected SUV models are advised to park them outside, away from garages or other structures, and not to leave the vehicles unattended with the engine running. 

This recall stems from a grounding bolt that is part of the positive temperature coefficient heater, which is a component that helps the vehicle deliver heat to the cabin before the engine is fully warmed up. This bolt may be incorrectly fastened to the vehicle, and if that’s the case, the heater’s grounding terminal and other nearby parts may melt, increasing the risk of a fire.

Fortunately, Subaru stated in a press release that it has received no reports of crashes or injuries as a result of this issue. To resolve the issue, Subaru will replace the faulty ground bolts, as well as the associated ground wire and connector holder. The automaker estimates that only 0.6% of recalled vehicles will require a complete component replacement. As usual, Ascent owners will not be charged for the repairs.

The company cautioned that if drivers notice smoke or odors coming from the dashboard or foot area of their vehicle while driving they should pull over, turn off the vehicle, and call Subaru Roadside Assistance.

Owners covered by this recall should receive official notices in their mail within the next 60 days. Additionally, owners who are concerned that their vehicle may be included in this recall can visit either Subaru’s or the NHTSA’s websites and enter their VIN to learn more.