Subaru recalls more than 270K Ascent SUVs due to this serious hazard

Subaru is recalling nearly 272,000 Ascent SUVs due to a fire hazard risk.

The company is advising owners of these vehicles to park them outside until a fix is ​​available.

The recall covers 2019 through 2022 models of the Subaru Ascent after the company received reports of two car fires.

No injuries have been reported as of this writing.

A bolt that secures the ground terminal of a heater may not have been tightened properly while the vehicles were being assembled, according to the company.

The loose bolt can cause the terminal and its surrounding parts to melt, increasing the chance of a fire.

Subaru says the affected vehicles should be parked outside and away from structures. They should also not be left unattended with the engine running until a fix is ​​made.

If the vehicle operator notices or smells smoke coming from the dashboard or driver’s foot well, that person should shut off the engine immediately. Call a Subaru dealer and/or roadside assistance.

Dealers will fix the bolt and a ground wire and connector holder, if needed.

Subaru says it will contact affected owners within 60 days. To see if your vehicle is affected, punch in your 17-digit vehicle identification number here.

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