In response to increasing fire hazards, Subaru (9778.T) on Tuesday announced the recall of 271,000 Ascent sport utility vehicles with model years between 2019 and 2022. Subaru urged owners to store their vehicles outside while repairs are being made.
The Japanese manufacturer advised owners to park far from buildings and steer clear of keeping their cars running unattended. According to Subaru, a wiring connection may have a manufacturing flaw that could result in a fire while the heater is running because too much heat could cause the ground terminal and nearby components to melt.
Two fires have been reported, but no accidents or injuries have been. Dealers for Subaru will swap out the heater ground bolts and, if necessary, the ground wire and connector holder.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advised owners to keep their cars outside up until the recall is finished. Owners should stop the car right away and turn off the ignition if they see or smell smoke coming from the dash or the driver’s footwell.
According to Subaru, air tools were replaced by battery tools on the production line in the first few months of 2020. Additionally in 2020, it got its first technical complaint about an Ascent that had smoke coming from the cabin, its first report about fire damage in September 2021, and its first report about a vehicle that had caught fire after a tool change in 2022.
Subaru stated that it chose to execute a voluntary safety recall “out of an excess of caution.”
On April 29, 2022, a modified tightening tool was introduced into production to address the recall issue and avoid improper tightness, according to Subaru.