Subaru’s latest recall affects nearly every one of its family-hauling Ascent SUV. The issue stems from the electrical system and could lead to a fire.
Included in the population are model-year 2019-22 Ascents. The ground bolt that secures the ground terminal of the positive temperature coefficient heater in the wiring under the dashboard may have been improperly fastened, which could result in melting of the ground terminal and surrounding components, increasing the risk of a fire.
Owners are advised to park their Ascent away from structures and to avoid leaving it unattended while the engine is running. If you notice or smell smoke coming from the dash or driver footwell area, stop operating the vehicle and turn the ignition switch off.
Dealers will replace the PTC heater ground bolts and, if necessary, replace the ground wire and connector holder; all repairs will be done for free. Owners will be notified Feb. 6, 2023; those with further questions can call Subaru at 844-373-6614 (Subaru’s number for this recall is WRL-22), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.