Subaru Canada recalls nearly 14K Ascent SUVs

Subaru Canada is recalling 13,954 Ascent vehicles because the ground bolt may not be properly secured.

In Canada, the affected vehicles are from model year 2019 to 2022.

According to a statement from Subaru Canada to CTVNews, the bolt was part of a positive temperature coefficient (PCT) heater and the issue could have caused the ground terminal and surrounding components to melt, posing a fire risk when the heater was turned

“For all potentially affected vehicles, Subaru retailers will replace the PCT heater ground stud and, if necessary, the ground wire and connector bracket,” the statement read.

Subaru Canada said there have been no reports of crashes or injuries related to the issue. An estimated 1 percent of the recalled vehicles will require ground and connector replacements, the company said.

“The inspection and repair will be done at no cost to the customer,” Subaru Canada said.

The Canadian recall follows Subaru of America’s announcement Tuesday that it is recalling 271,000 Ascent Sport models in the U.S. with model years between 2019 and 2022, According to Reuters.

On December 9, Subaru of America issued a press release Owners of affected vehicles are asked to “keep clear of garages, parking spaces or other structures, and avoid leaving vehicles with the engine running.”

If owners notice smoke coming from their vehicles, Subaru of America will ask them to stop using the vehicle and turn it off.

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